The Mets – the Blue and Orange are going Green!

September 6th, 2008 Posted in Front Page News, Project Green

Last spring the New York Mets boasted that the construction of their new stadium, Citi Field, is on time, on budget, and green! The Mets are using “green improvements,” suggesting public transportation routes, encouraging community participation, and hiring union workers. At a press conference last March, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Administrator Alan Steinberg stated, “This memorandum of understanding the EPA has signed with the Mets underscores innovation and a comprehensive commitment toward sustainable development.”

To reduce their carbon footprint, the $800 million stadium is built with 95 percent recycled steel, 2 million pounds of recycled coal combustion products (saving 800 tons of carbon dioxide), and using low-sulfur and ultra low sulfur diesel construction vehicles to reduce air emissions such as CO2 and particulates.

To reduce water consumption, the new stadium will save 4 million gallons per year using low-flow plumbing features such as hands-free faucets, toilet flush o-meters, and waterless urinals. More water will be saved by installing an on-site well for irrigation, as well as capturing stormwater in a 3,700-square-foot drainage bed, swales and permeable porous pavement to control the flow in the bus parking lot. Finally, a 15,000-square-foot “green roof” will adorn the team’s administration building (absorbing 80% stormwater runoff).

To reduce both energy use and the waste stream, the Mets joined the EPA Energy Star program, which encourages energy efficiency, as well as a food and beverage recycling program with Mets’ partner, ARAMARK.

To encourage the use of mass transit, the Mets are continuing to work with the MTA and Long Island Rail Road, including adding additional train and bus service added for home games.

At Citi Field, 850 talented construction workers are union, local, minority and/or woman owned business enterprises (LBE/MBE/WBE). Working with an advisory committee of community leaders chaired by Borough President Helen Marshall and co-chaired by Councilman Leroy Comrie, the Mets have ensured the involvement of minority- and women-owned businesses in Queens and the immediate area.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “They’ve taken the initiative to be bold, innovative and environmentally responsible. Citi Field will be one of the most environmentally friendly stadiums ever built any place.”

Thank you to the Mets for saving our earth and setting an example!

Links of interest:
Citi – the world’s leading financial services company – is a proud partner of the Mets at Citi Field, opening in 2009.

For more information about the construction of Citi Field, visit

Major League Baseball comment on the Green Design, visit:

EPA Memoradum, visit:!OpenDocument

For information about the new Yankee Stadium please visit,

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