Philadelphia, PA (April 30, 2008)- The Philadelphia Phillies announced a green power purchase of 20 million kilowatt-hours to power their 43,500-seat Citizens Bank Park. The purchase not only places the Phillies as the largest green power purchaser in major league baseball, but also as the overall leader among major U.S. professional sports teams in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use.
The team’s purchase is estimated to avoid the CO2 emissions equivalent of nearly 2,800 vehicles each year. According to the EPA, this is equivalent to the planting of 100,000 sapling trees. Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), said, “The Phillies commitment to renewable energy and ecologically intelligent operations will hopefully set an example for all institutions in Philadelphia and beyond to follow.”
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