June 20-26, the Brewers will launch their “Brewing a Greener Game” sustainability initiative, highlighting the Club’s increased efforts in eco-friendly practices during the week presented by the City of Milwaukee’s Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program. During the week, they are doing different events over six days including e-cycling, a tree-planting program, and the donation of a check to the Urban Ecology Center.
With the new Miller Park, the Brewers built and have tweaked the stadium and their practices, with the help of local Johnson Controls, to increase their sustainability and reduce their impact on the environment.
- Diverting 35% of the team’s waste from landfills since the start of the 2010 season
- Recycling 15 tons on average at Miller Park each game
- Adding over 100 recycling containers inside Miller Park, with 40 more outside the facility
- Tracking energy usage and emissions through the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager program
- Ensuring that over 75% of the small electronics/computers/TVs purchased in 2011 were ENERGY STAR- rated
- Implementing low-flow aerators, which will save more than 2 million gallons of water per year
- Installing the new 5,940 square foot high-definition scoreboard which uses 49% of the old power requirement
- Reconfiguring the outdoor smoking areas to help preserve the indoor air quality by preventing smoking from within 25 feet of all operable doors, windows and air intakes
- Spending more than 30% of food and beverage product cost from local vendors
- Ensuring that more than 50% of all cleaning products and materials meet sustainability criteria, i.e., products that use more recycled content paper and plastics, and preserve the indoor air quality
- Diverting 80% of the waste generated from the scoreboard and other 2010-11 offseason construction projects from landfills
It is great to see the not only are the Brewers trying to be sustainable as a team and business, but also using their place in the community to promote awareness and action in green activities.