To encourage car pooling, Rays continued to offer free parking to cars with 4 or more passengers (normally $10.00) during the 2009 season. In the 2007 season, 14% of cars had 4 or more passengers (all cars parked free). During the 2008 season, 29% of cars have had 4 or more passengers. Bike racks have also been made available for fans to ride to the game.
Rays recycle aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles in Tropicana Field. Clearly marked recycling centers are located throughout Tropicana Field encourage fans to recycle. Rays have increased the number of cans by 50 percent. Cans have been upgraded to user-friendly bottle shapes.
Concessions partner, Centerplate, has incorporated many green practices in its business operations at Tropicana Field, including back-of-house recycling of all appropriate materials, use of corn-oil based beverage cups, use of biodegradable and eco-friendly serving products. Centerplate focused on creating additional customer and staff awareness regarding recycling in 2009.
During the game, Rays' cleaning staff takes on the role of "clean-up hitters". All staff undergoes training at "R.A.Y.S. University" to encourage recycling by fans. "Clean-up hitters" walk throughout stands to collect recyclables during a fun, mid-game promotion led by a video board announcement from the Manager, Joe Madden. During the 2009 season, "clean-up hitters" made two in-game sweeps.
The Rays introduced a new mascot that interacted with fans on game-days and encourage recycling.
Signage throughout Tropicana Field was developed to provide green tips for fans to practice at home.
During the 2009 season, we held six "Teaming Up for the Environment" nights at Tropicana Field. Each night promoted a partner of the Rays' "Teaming Up for the Environment" program. In 2009, this program was enhanced to include a small grant component.
At Spring Training
Rays' new spring training facility in Charlotte County incorporates innovative sustainability features (e.g. 1,600 square foot educational green roof) and promotes responsible stormwater management.
A significant on-site recycling program was put into place during construction. The following materials were recycled during the construction process: 0ver 1,189 tons of rebar, 66.5 miles of wire, 14.25 miles of conduit, 5.26 miles of plumbing pipe, 312,540 pounds of fill, 2,665 tons of concrete, 74,000 pounds of metal, 14,920 pounds of wood.
In the Office
Rays recycle cardboard, paper, magazines, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. On-line training was provided employees to educate staff on the proper methods and importance of recycling.
Staff kitchen supplies and utensils including paper products, silverware, etc. are eco-friendly.
All cleaning supplies (e.g. soaps) and paper products (e.g. toilet paper, paper towels) used throughout Tropicana Field are certified Green-Seal products.
Green procurement practices are employed, including the careful monitoring of quantities ordered and materials used.
Occupancy sensors have been installed in restrooms, and all eligible lights (95%) have been replaced with energy efficient fluorescent lights. The Rays have also upgraded the Tracer Summit System to improve energy efficiency throughout the facility. These system upgrades are making a substantial difference in overall energy management and are helping to significantly decrease consumption.