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The WORLD SERIES…of Energy Efficiency


world-series-2016If you’re a baseball fan, or even if you’re not, you’ve probably heard that this World Series is particularly noteworthy, due to the length of time both teams have waited to make a repeat appearance. Statisticians are breaking down multiple categories feverishly, prepared to back up every single play with the corresponding odds of every single outcome.

But how many of these math nerds are looking at the category of energy efficiency? I don’t know, because I’m not a statistician. So let’s say none, and then hold our own World Series: of ENERGY EFFICIENCY. This epic battle is even more important, because each positive tally mark also throws a nod to future generations.


Let’s get this party started, shall we?

First up: the Chicago Cubs. The team website extolls the virtues of Wrigley Field’s three-year 1060 Project, which will upgrade major aspects of shutterstock_215925457the second-oldest ballpark in the United States.

The idea to improve Wrigley includes adding many modern fan and player amenities in an environmentally-efficient manner.

Some of the 1060 initiatives:

  • Reducing water usage through more efficient appliances and fixtures
  • Transporting construction debris to recycling centers
  • Using recycled materials where possible
  • Employing the use of construction materials harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the job site where possible, to reduce transportation emissions and support the local economy
  • Installing energy-efficient hot water systems with energy management controls
  • Installing energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for suites, the player clubhouse, and other club spaces
  • Using low-volatile organic compound paints, adhesives, carpets, and flooring, to improve indoor air quality in the ballpark
  • Pursuing renewable energy credits in obtaining electrical services

Not bad, Cubs, not bad.

Now let’s see what the Tribe has to counter.

Presenting: the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians come out fast and aggressive on the ball field, and they use the same method for their energy-efficiency offerings.shutterstock_123215632

To name a few:

Environmentally-Friendly Products

  • All of the new Progressive Field signs that were installed in 2008? LED lighting.
  • Over 74,000 tons of CO2 emissions were avoided since 2009.
  • Green Seal-certified and 100% recycled content paper hand towels, toilet tissue, facial tissue used in the ballpark and front office.
  • Green Seal-certified cleaning products.
  • Compostable sugar cane-based cutlery and hot serve cups in the front office.
  • Compostable paper and sugar cane-lined hot serve cups in the Press Box.
  • Biodegradable retail bags within all Indians Team Shops.


  • The first American League ballpark to go solar.
  • Green Energy Ohio partnered with Doty and Miller Architects to design and install the 42 GE solar panels.
  • Over 37,500kWh produced since the June 2007 solar panel commission.
  • The solar installation provides 8.4 kilowatts of clean, renewable electricity.
  • The electricity produced from the solar installation is enough to power 400 television sets throughout Progressive Field.

There’s more…a LOT more. In the interest of space-saving, though, here is the link with the exact facts and figures:

Cleveland Indians Green Initiative

So there it is, folks. And I think you’d agree that we have to say it:


However, before Chicago fans cry foul, we’re going to award the Cubs with the “Energy Efficient Before it was Cool” award, since they had no night games until 1988.

Because they had no LIGHTS on that ballfield until 1988.

And in a sport that saw its first professional game in 1871, that’s pretty amazing.


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