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Cleveland Indians receive Ohio EPA award for environmental excellence

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The Cleveland Indians are proud to have received Gold Level Member Status in the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Encouraging Environmental Excellence program.

This award recognizes the organization for its significant achievements in improving Ohio’s environment, having a robust green venue program, and implementing innovative energy efficiency and recycling programs.

The award also recognizes the Indians for committing to ongoing environmental stewardship through developing long-term waste, water and energy reduction strategies.

Indians Senior Director of Ballpark Operations Jerry Crabb also was recognized as a Gold Level Member due to his leadership of the Cleveland Indians waste reduction, energy conservation and recycling programs.

“The Cleveland Indians are honored to be recognized as a Gold Level Member of the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program from the Ohio EPA,” Crabb said. “We as an organization are committed to sustainability and the incorporation of sound environmental practices. It is our vision to improve the quality of life far beyond the walls of Progressive Field but throughout the communities in which each of us live and work, for generations to come.”

A key member of the Indians team, Delaware North, has played a major role in the sustainability programs in place at Progressive Field.

Delaware North’s partnership with local company Quasar and that company’s Grind2energy technology has resulted in organic waste collection and generating:

  • Enough electricity to power 16 single-family homes for one month
  • Enough natural gas to heat 25 single-family homes for one month
  • 6,326 pounds of nutrient rich soil amendmen

The organizations also have eliminated GHG emissions equivalent to 72,707 car miles off the road.

Other items of sustainability include our state-of-the-art fryer oil conversion process, which has processed 2,044 gallons and saved 1,484 gallons of oil, as well as a glass procedure which has recycled 5600 pounds of glass to date.

Cleveland Indians add garden planters near the Right Field Gate

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Upon entering the ballpark fans will notice a new, greener feature near the Right Field Gate. As a part of the Cleveland Indians continued commitment to greening and sustainability, we have installed three garden planters in the Right Field Gate area under the flag poles.

These gardens will be used to grow vegetables that will be used in our concessions stands, clubhouses and as a part of community programs and partnerships in the Cleveland area. The garden planters also provide a platform for the team to encourage healthy eating, nutrition and wellness and contributes to the beautification of the newly renovated Right Field area of Progressive Field.

We are doing similar things in the Players Lot — using home grown vegetables in our clubhouse meals! Read more about the Player’s Lot garden here.

Veggies grown in new Progressive Field Players Lot garden to be used by Home Clubhouse cook

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Those giant planters you see in the Progressive Field Players lot aren’t just for show: The vegetables will be put to good use by Home Clubhouse chef Mark Blaszak and are another example of the Indians organization’s vast sustainability efforts.

The Indians are putting the 60 tons or so of organic waste that is composted each year from the ballpark to good use: By growing veggies, such as tomatoes, eggplant, assorted herbs, peppers, kale, spinach and cucumbers that will be used in the meals cooked for Tribe players by Blaszak.

Brad Mohr, the club’s Assistant Director of Ballpark Operations, conceived the idea to re-use the vast quantity of waste that is composted at the ballpark. The Indians got an assist from local garden experts Pettitti’s, which donated the plants and organic soil enhancers being used in the project.

Mohr said he expects the first veggies to be ready and in players’ meals soon.

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–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Indians recognized by Green Sports Alliance for sustainability efforts


The Green Sports Alliance, based in Portland, Ore., has recognized the sustainability efforts of the Cleveland Indians in a recent report in Sustainable Business Oregon.

The highlights:

  • The Cleveland Indians’ colors may be red, white and navy, but the franchise is one of the greenest of them all. Progressive Field hosted the Natural Resources Defense Council’s National Recycling Day two years ago. Then there’s the park’s LED signage, which has helped keep more than 74,000 tons of CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere. The Indians recycle cardboard, paper, aluminum, plastic #1, scrap metal, cooking oil and florescent bulbs, among other items. Plus, its paper hand towels, toilet tissue and facial tissue are all made from recycled products. Did we mention that Progressive Field also became the American League’s first park to go solar? The panels provide 8.4 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power 400 television sets each game.

To find out more about the Indians green initiatives, visit the Sustainability page at

Tribe wins MLB Wild Card award for keeping our field green


The Cleveland Indians were recently awarded a Wild Card spot for MLB’s 2012 Green Glove Award, a competition designed to promote better environmental practices throughout the league. In recognition of the club’s sustainability efforts, Brad Mohr – the Assistant Director of Ballpark Operations at Progressive Field – was invited to the White House for a forum on sustainability in sports last year. Next month, he’ll be headed to Sydney and Melbourne to speak at the Sports Sustainability United Summit. He has also presented at the Green Sports Alliance Summit the past two years and is very active in the sustainability community in Northeast Ohio. TribeVibe caught up with this industry-leader and asked him a few questions about the Tribe’s green efforts.

TribeVibe: What did the Cleveland Indians do to improve their diversion rate — the percentage of waste materials diverted from traditional disposal — in 2012?

Brad Mohr: We continued to take a serious, thorough look at our trash and recycling procedures in 2012, which paid off in another dramatic drop in trash going to the landfill. The most impactful improvement was the composting of organic material. Organic material that can be composted is anything that will break down in a natural environment such as food prep scraps, leftover food that cannot be donated and grass clippings. Our organics are sent to a facility that makes and sells mulch. We began composting as a pilot program late 2010 and we discovered we could compost a great amount of our waste. We went full throttle on composting in 2011 and recycled over 20 tons of organics. With composting becoming more and more a part of our operation and culture with education and familiarity, we composted 53 tons of organic material in 2012. That amounts to 21% of all of our recycling weight.

We continued to be consistent recyclers of other materials by saving from the landfill:

  • 34 tons of aluminum and plastic beverage containers
  • 69.5 tons of cardboard
  • 31 tons of paper
  • 19 tons of metals
  • 20 tons of wooden pallets
  • 13 tons of fryer oil
  • 2.5 tons of electronics
  • and an astonishing 2/3 of a ton of light bulbs

All together, we recycled 248 tons of materials. Compare that with 408 tons of trash and we have a diversion rate of 38%.