I'm allowed to be a little tough on the Cincinnati Reds. They may be16 games behind the Cardinals, but as an Ohio native, there'll always be a soft spot in my heart for them. So you can imagine my pleasure as I opened up an email this morning and found the statement: "The Reds' Great American Ball Park is among the greenest ballparks in the country." Reds win! (Sort of...)
The quote came from a recent press release issued this morning from the National Biodiesel Board, which quotes Red's outfielder Chris Dickerson, Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback Matt Cassel, and the Indianapolis Colts' tight end Dallas Clark. All of whom are members of We Play Green, a group that works to unite athletes in encouraging environmental awareness and promoting alternative energy. We Play Green was founded by Dickerson with help from Cleveland Indian Jack Cassel. That whole state is pretty awesome.
What the teams are actually doing are really just implementing some simple ideas, but because they're being put into place on such a large scale (for example, last season, the Reds sent 8,234 gallons of used cooking and motor oils to be refined for biodiesel), they can result in big savings. Plus We Play Green's bigger goal is to promote using biodiesel as a fuel, as well as to demonstrate conservation in practice to their fans.
The "green" changes at the Great American Ballpark include:
- Composting grass clippings
- Using biodiesel blends for facility vehicles, such as maintenance vehicles and equipment, tractors, and emergency generators
- Waste oil from kitchen and concession stands are collected to produce a biofuel blend
Visit WePlayGreen.org to find out more about all the athletes who contribute.
Read the original press release at the National Biodiesel Board.
For more info on the NBB's activities, visit they're homepage, biodiesel.org.