Target: Bud Selig, Major League Baseball Commissioner
Goal: Commend and encourage continued greening of baseball operations
Over the past several years, Major League Baseball has been at the forefront of the environmental protection movement within sports. Bud Selig, the commissioner of the league, is the main reason why. Lauded by a Natural Resources Defense Council Senior Scientist as, “the single most influential environmental advocate in the history of sports,” Selig has worked tirelessly to make baseball operations as environmentally friendly as possible. His landmark efforts have greened the landscape of baseball operations and influenced other sports to do the same.
In recognition for his frontier stewardship in this realm, the Green Sports Alliance recently awarded Selig its first Environmental Leadership Award. The award is given to a “member of the sports industry who has demonstrated leadership and has provided significant contributions to environmental sustainability.” Representatives from a variety of sports organizations make up the GSA Board of Directors and vote for the recipient of the award. Over 100 teams and 13 leagues are GSA members, with more joining every year.
Since forming a Greening Committee with the NRDC in 2006, Selig has prioritized reducing environmental impact across all aspects of baseball operations. The following year, he created the first sports greening initiative at a time when no other professional league had one. Just two years later, all U.S. professional sports leagues had followed suit. In 2010, MLB launched a new software tool to improve sustainable ballpark management, and many other green solutions have since been implemented in stadiums across the U.S.
For example, AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants, received the first LEED certification of all MLB ballparks. The list of green solutions implemented at AT&T Park is extensive and includes: over 600 solar panels, numerous green concession stands, a more energy efficient lighting system, a 78% more efficient scoreboard, and more. Many other stadiums have since received LEED certification as well.
Baseball has long been the cherished national pastime of the U.S., and it now also serves as a powerful public symbol of environmental sustainability. Selig’s continued commitment to environmental health encourages a greener future and motivates other industry leader’s to follow his example. Sign this petition and commend Bud Selig for his efforts to reduce Major League Baseball’s impact on the environment, and for inspiring other sports industries to do the same.
Dear Commissioner Selig,
Recently you were fittingly awarded the Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award. I stand in firm solidarity with the GSA in recognizing you for your groundbreaking efforts to reduce the environmental impact of baseball operations across the U.S.
Baseball revels in its long, rich tradition. As a result of your greening initiatives, Major League Baseball has now begun what will hopefully be an enduring tradition of environmental protection. As you are well aware, millions of people are inspired by the dedication of their favorite athletes and the community commitment of their favorite teams. With those fans and other industry leaders exposed to the shared vision of a sustainable future, they will now be even more motivated to embody that ideal.
Thank you for encouraging green solutions in your industry and for inspiring others to do the same.
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