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Orange October! (Green World Series)

So Major League Baseball is highlighting environmental issues at the World Series this year, "thanks to a special partnership between MLB and the Natural Resources Defense Council." As a fan of the San Francisco Giants, I think they're a pretty good team to do that with. For you environmentalists, here's some good reasons to jump on my Giants bandwagon.

AT&T Park (oh, is that what it's called now?) got Silver LEED certification this spring. (The Twins & Nats have it too.)

The Giants audit their waste stream, and found this year that they diverted 75% of it from landfill - 3 and a half million pounds.That seems like a crazy amount for the public to do on their own - and of course they don't:

In addition to the bins, custodial crews pore over the stands after games to collect recyclables, compostables and waste, and the sorting process is aided by color-coded loading docks at the facility. Staff members from Environment Now, a green job training program that has received Recovery Act funds, also pitched in during games by helping baseball fans figure out which containers to use for their disposables.

They've installed the first solar panels on a major league park:

(The Red Sox have solar panels too. For more on the magic of Red Sox going green, check this out. I love the Sox almost as much as I love my Giants.)

Some of this stuff was built into the new park from the get-go, like motion sensor lighting. Some of it's an evolving process: a replacement scoreboard uses 78% less energy than the original, according to the Bay Area's utility, PG&E.

Lastly, and perhaps most tastily, check out this Forbes story on the "greening" of the garlic fries stand in the park. Garlic fries, along with keeping score, are two of my three great passions at that park.

Oh, and, here's what the Rangers do:

The Rangers, for instance, are joining with their corporate partner, Scott's, to help recycle three baseball fields that had become desolate and rundown in West Dallas. Once they are refurbished, the fields will once again serve as useable ballpark space for the Rangers' RBI program.

The Ballpark at Arlington also serves as an example of the Rangers' dedication to the environment. The organization has committed to recycle everything from their infield grass clippings to cardboard and office paper. It's not just re-using, though. Texas chooses low-flow water streams for hoses and compact flourescent light bulbs, both in the spirit of conservation.

Which I guess is something. The NRDC consults with all 30 major league teams; they've got all different levels of committment, and since the NRDC would rather work with the teams than against them, they're loath to issue judgments about the extent of any team's sustainability efforts.

Angels and Dodgers any comments about your stadium's green practices?