We all know them as one of the best baseball teams in the major leagues. But did you know that they are much more to St. Louis and the area than a baseball team?
Did you know they take the fan experience very serious and work tirelessly to make it better?
Sit back and enjoy baseball and how the Cardinals impact our lives in such a positive way!
Part 1– The Cardinals Play a Greener Game
The Cardinals are conscious of what impact they may have on the environment in St. Louis and its surrounding area. In 2012, the White House and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recognized the Cardinals for their leadership in making the area cleaner.
The organization, in 2012, installed 110 solar panels that generate nearly 30,000 kWh of electricity. This is enough power to run the homes of three average households. This eliminated about 20 tons of carbon from being released into the atmosphere.
The Cardinals diverted nearly 4.700 tons of solid waste from the landfills in 2008 with the program 4 A Greener Game. This program, through the help and cooperation of Ameren Missouri’s Business Energy Efficiency Program, has led to reducing energy by 20% and water usage by 10% since 2006 when the current stadium opened.
Also, five tons of trash are recycled every game day at Busch Stadium through the help of 500 recycling bins placed throughout the stadium. In fact, 37% of the team’s waste was diverted from landfills in 2015.
Over 1,800 volunteers, known as the Knight FM Green team, walk down the aisles between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promote how important this is to everybody. These volunteers arrive at least an hour before game time and receive training on how to do this job with the least interference of the fans. They begin after the completion of the 2nd inning and continue at least 15 minutes after the game is over.
What happens to things left behind? Last season over 2,600 things were left at Busch Stadium. Only 400 of them were claimed by the original owners. The other items were donated to Goodwill and other charities for their usage.
Also, some random numbers finds that over 55,000 pounds of fryer oil was recycled into farm feed. Also, 7,326,200 ft of paper towels were used and 15, 373,800 ft of toilet paper was used.
Isn’t it nice to know the St Louis Cardinals organization is thinking about the environment and participating in Greener measure to help make our community cleaner?
Since the group led by Bill DeWitt Jr bought the Cardinals from Anheuser-Busch in 1996, the Cardinals have won 1,783 and lost 1,455 games and have been to the postseason 13 times. The Cardinals have 71 postseason victories and have finished first eleven times, won four NL pennants and two World Series. They have also brought in over 64 million fans.