MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Twins today announced results of their green efforts for the 2012 season as they continue to seek ways to improve the sustainability of Target Field.
"The Minnesota Twins organization believes our future success - both on and off the field - is built on a business model that embraces operational efficiency, environmental stewardship and social responsibility," said Dave St. Peter, Twins President. "Through the following efforts, we have reduced our overall impact on the environment while we continue to seek ways to improve the sustainability of Target Field."
Capturing and Reusing Rainwater
Through a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System provided by Minneapolis-based Pentair, the Minnesota Twins have captured, purified and reused more than 1,846,322 total gallons of rainwater, drastically reducing the use of municipal water at Target Field in 2011 and 2012. The majority of the recycled rainwater was used to wash down the seating bowl attached to the main concourse.
If the infield at Target Field was a six-foot-deep swimming pool, we could fill it four times with the water saved just in 2012.
Recycling and Converting Waste to Energy
Through aggressive recycling and waste-to-energy programs, the Twins have kept more than 2,559 tons of waste out of local landfills in 2011 and 2012.
•  1,333 tons of trash have been sent to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center
•  956 tons of waste have been recycled from Target Field
•  260 tons of organic materials have been composted and diverted from landfills
In 2013, the Twins will seek help from fans in increasing the amount of recycled organic materials, further reducing the amount of waste produced at Target Field.
Donating Unused Food to Local Charities
The Minnesota Twins and concession partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice donated more than ten tons of food to local charities during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Through a partnership with Rock and Wrap It Up! Inc., representatives from Joseph's Storehouse in Brooklyn Park boxed up all prepared but untouched meals at Target Field, donating the unused food from Target Field to local charities.
Throughout the 2-year partnership, the Twins have donated:
•  more than 55,000 hot dogs and brats
•  more than 8,000 hamburgers
•  more than 3,500 chicken breasts
Breaking Bats, Planting Trees
In 2010, The Minnesota Twins and Minnesota State Parks and Trails formed a partnership to promote outdoor recreation and continue the Twins commitment to environmental responsibility. Every time a Minnesota Twins pitcher breaks the bat of an opposing player, Minnesota State Parks and Trails plants 100 trees in one of the 73 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on or along one of the 21 Minnesota state trails.
•  In 2012, 170 broken bats means 17,000 trees will be planted in the spring of 2013
•  In 2011, 168 broken bats led to 16,800 trees being planted in the spring of 2012
•  In 2010, 180 broken bats led to 18,000 trees being planted in the spring of 2011
•  In total, 51,800 trees will be planted on Minnesota State Parks and Trails as a result of this partnership
Target Field - The First Professional Sports Facility to Receive LEED Silver Certification for Both Construction and Operations Less than 2 years after being named the Greenest Ballpark in America and earning LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification for New Construction, the Minnesota Twins were the first professional sports franchise to also attain LEED Silver Certification for the operation and maintenance of their facility.
"As we move forward, the Twins are committed to maintaining our focus on environmental sustainability," said Dave St. Peter, Twins President. "While we can always improve, we're proud of our efforts in 2012 and are looking forward to doing even more in 2013."