KANSAS CITY, MO (August 27, 2014) - The Kansas City Royals are partnering with Grundfos, the official pump and pump systems provider of the Royals, for Water Awareness Night on Friday, August 29. As part of the awareness campaign on the importance of clean water systems, the first 10,000 fans through the gates for the club's 7:10 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians will receive an eco-friendly baseball cap (photo attached).
Water Awareness Night is just one of many sustainability initiatives in which the Royals are participating. Please see information below for details on other environmentally-friendly programs.
ADDITIONAL WATER EFFICIENCY EFFORTS
Grundfos has previously installed components from its state-of-the-art pump systems to increase efficiencies in water and power use for the iconic Kauffman Stadium fountains. In addition, as a result of various water reduction efforts throughout the ballpark, the club's water consumption is down 14 percent from this time last year.
ROYALS GREEN TEAM
Royals fans can help support green initiatives by joining the Royals Green Team, sponsored by Republic Services. The group consists of volunteers from local schools, volunteer organizations and environmental groups who collect recyclable plastic bottles and aluminum cans from the seating bowl during select games throughout the season. Volunteer groups are recognized during the game and are invited to stay for the remainder of the game after their volunteer efforts are complete. For more information, visit www.royals.com/greenteam.
In addition to the Royals Green Team, Kauffman Stadium concourses also feature separate waste containers for trash and recyclables. All plastic and aluminum items are also collected from the seating bowl for recycling following each game, and the Royals provide separate compactors for aluminum cans and plastic bottles.
All glass materials inside Kauffman Stadium, including suites and premium areas, are recycled in conjunction with Ripple Glass. Nearly two tons of glass was recycled from Opening Day 2014 through the end of July.
FOOD/ORGANIC WASTE RECYCLING
Excess food from food preparation in Kauffman Stadium's main kitchen, along with discarded food from suites and premium areas not donated to local emergency assistance providers, is composted through Missouri Organic Recycling. Approximately 30 tons was composted from Opening Day 2014 through the end of July. In addition, all oil from Kauffman Stadium kitchen areas and concession stands is recycled through Filta.
All cardboard from Royals and Aramark operations, including all giveaway and delivery boxes, is collected in a cardboard-specific compactor for recycling.
The Royals front office staff also takes part in the recycling efforts at the ballpark. All office spaces feature containers for plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard recycling. Office paper is shredded and recycled through Shred-It. Since January, over two tons of paper has been recycled, which is equivalent to 30 trees being saved.
All old electronics throughout the ballpark and office areas are also recycled. In addition, the Royals are partnering with Ericsson and Sprint for a cell phone recycling event on Thursday at the Sprint Store at Prairiefire, located at 6285 W. 135th St. in Overland Park, Kan. During the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., fans who turn over their old phone will have an opportunity to meet pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and receive two free Royals tickets to an upcoming 2014 home game. One set of tickets will be distributed per fan while supplies last. Cell phone batteries, chargers, cords and other related accessories will also be accepted. The Royals will host another recycling event at the Sprint Store located at the Legends Outlets on September 12. Visit www.royals.com/recycle for more information.
SOLAR ENERGY INITIATIVES
In addition to recycling efforts, the Royals have partnered with KCP&L on a solar energy initiative. In 2012, KCP&L installed a 28.8 kilowatt solar system that produces approximately 36,000 kWh of renewable energy each year. In addition, KCP&L installed energy efficient lighting and power infrastructure as part of the Kauffman Stadium renovations.
REDUCTION IN PAPER WASTE
The Royals have implemented a number of environmentally-friendly initiatives to reduce paper waste. In addition to office recycling efforts, the Royals have moved to a digital ticketing system and have made efforts to reduce the number of printed materials by creating electronic collateral pieces and publications, such as the Royals media guide.
PURCHASING OF RECYCLED/GREEN PRODUCTS
The club purchases recycled paper for all office spaces and uses 100 percent recycled or FSC Mix Certified toilet paper and paper towels in all Kauffman Stadium restrooms. All hand soap in office and ballpark restrooms is Green Seal Certified.