by Daelyn Fortney
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In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day Major League Baseball will host a variety of green events and use ballgames to raise awareness about environmental issues. Not stopping on Earth Day, MLB plans to continue educating fans about environmentally responsible behavior and hosting eco-friendly events throughout the year.

Additionally MLB, in collaboration with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), is developing a comprehensive software system that will collect and analyze stadium operations. The information will be used to determine the best environmental practices across the 30 Baseball Clubs.

“Major League Baseball has responsibilities to our fans and society at large that go beyond the playing field,” said Baseball Commissioner, Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “Our Clubs have made a commitment to sustainability and are leaders in their communities raising awareness and educating fans not just on Earth Day, but everyday about environmental stewardship.”

MLB has been working with the NRDC since 2006 to identify and promote better environmental practices. As a team they have worked to develop programs for recycling, energy reduction, and fan education at ballparks.

“The commitment by our national pastime to enhance its ecological profile in a meaningful and public way marks a watershed in the history of the environmental movement,” said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council. “No other sporting institution has influenced American culture as much as baseball and MLB is once again putting that influence to very good use. Baseball is a game of statistics and the League’s commitment to systematically document and measure environmental practices of all Clubs at all stadiums underscores the leadership and commitment of MLB to make environmental progress. All professional leagues should follow this important example.”

MLB’s venture marks the first time a professional sports league has implemented a program to collect this type of data.