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If You Build It Green, They Will Come

Posted Sep 14 2008 10:15am

Nationals This summer, I had the chance to attend a couple of Nationals games at their new ball park (it opened last March). I really enjoy watching live baseball, and attend games whenever I can while traveling. There's something about the game, the fans and environment at baseball games that makes me feel happy to be there, in the moment.

This made it especially cool when I found out that Nationals Park is the first Green ballpark. It is the first major league baseball stadium to be LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

They took many measures to meet the criteria for being Green. For example, they built it so that it is convenient to the train and bus systems in order to encourage people to take mass transportation. The stadium features water conserving plumbing fixtures and energy efficient light fixtures, and they used building materials that were recycled and sourced locally. There are several other features and steps they took in the process of creating this environmentally sustainable park, which you can read about on their website.

In addition, I was pleased to see several healthier food choices (something not the norm at many stadiums across the country), including veggie chilli and a selection of Honest Tea beverages. Of course, even though I do my best to eat healthy, I always have to buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks :)

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