WASHINGTON D.C.—The St. Louis Cardinals are part of a new initiative in adopting more sustainable business practices in the sports industry.
Vice president of stadium operations Joe Abernathy, who leads the Cardinals’ 4A Greener game environmental sustainability efforts, participated in the “Sports and Sustainability” discussion at the White House on Thursday.
The White House event focused on the economic and environmental benefits of ‘greening’ the sports industry, with discussion panels from league, team, and supply chain perspectives.
Under the 4A Greener Game initiative, the Cardinals have worked to reduce their energy use by 24 percent and water use by 10 percent since the stadium opened.
The team has also recycled more than 1,836 tons of solid waste. Earlier this season, the Cardinals installed 106 Solar Electric panels that are expected to produce enough electricity to power all the retail stores at the ballpark for a year.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the White House for our efforts,” said Bill DeWitt III, president of the Cardinals. “Seeking better and more environmentally responsible ways to operate our ballpark is good for baseball and is the right thing to do for our planet.”
Fans can learn more about the Cardinals 4 A Greener Game efforts at www.cardinals.com/green.