“We are thrilled to present the Seattle Mariners with the 2017 Green Glove Award,” says Paul Hanlon, senior director of ballpark operations and sustainability, MLB. “With their 96 percent conversion rate at the top of the list, the club has done a tremendous job of promoting and instilling sustainability practices and initiatives that will positively impact our environment. We look forward to supporting all 30 MLB clubs as they continue to move the needle when it comes to sustainability.”
Since 2013, Eco-Products Inc., Boulder, Colorado, has been the provider of all compostable serviceware to Safeco Field and the Seattle Mariners, including production and custom items that have helped the stadium to achieve a zero-waste goal. This includes 100 percent compostable soft drink cups, beer cups, coffee cups, plates, trays, lids, spoons, knives and forks.
“We’re proud to partner with the Seattle Mariners, and we’re thrilled to see everyone’s hard work pay off with the 2017 Green Glove Award,” says Sarah Martinez, director of marketing at Eco-Products. “This award is truly a team effort and a huge victory for the Seattle Mariners, the community and the planet.”
The Mariners earned the Green Glove Award for diverting 96 percent of all waste at Safeco Field from landfills, a jump from 90 percent in 2016. While the Mariners have received the top honor for American League Clubs every year since the award was established, this marks the Mariners’ first Green Glove Award for best in baseball.
The Mariners emphasize sustainability efforts through waste diversion, composting and energy-efficient practices throughout the season, says the MLB. Nearly everything used at Safeco Field is recyclable or compostable, including foodservice items such as plates, knives, forks, cups, straws and bottles.
“We have worked hard over the years to make Safeco Field one of the ‘greenest’ ballparks in pro sports,” says Trevor Gooby, Seattle Mariners senior vice president, ballpark operations.
“With the help of all our sustainability partners, we have been able to significantly reduce our impact on the environment. Thanks to Major League Baseball for recognizing these efforts with this great honor.”
The Seattle Mariners have taken a number of innovative steps to earn the Green Glove Award. Compost and recycling bins have replaced garbage cans on concourses and cleaning crews hand separate plastics and compostable waste after each game.
“The key to these efforts is simplicity,” Martinez adds. “That’s how you achieve an incredible 96 percent diversion rate. And that’s how you win the Green Glove Award.”