Earth Day turned 40 last week, and celebrations abounded throughout the world with thousands of events in over 180 countries. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has presented an opportunity for individuals, organizations, governments and corporations to take a good hard look at what we are each doing to help resolve the global environmental challenges that confront us.
Our client PG&E has taken a strong interest in participating in partnerships that highlight the importance of environmental action. One such partnership is with the San Francisco Giants, a fully integrated major sponsorship managed by our company for PG&E. In the past few years, PG&E has helped the Giants to install the first solar panels in Major League Baseball. PG&E has also helped the Giants to install energy efficient lighting at the ballpark, and has supported the opening of two energy efficient Green Garlic Fries concession stands.
To coincide with Earth Day celebrations, the Giants announced last week that AT&T Park has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Silver Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). AT&T Park is the first Major League ballpark to receive this honor for an existing building.
This achievement speaks to the Giants’ commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and fighting climate change. In addition, it underlines the importance of PG&E’s creative sustainable partnership with the team. By supporting its partner in going solar and reducing its energy use, PG&E helps the Giants to not only reduce the carbon footprint of AT&T Park, but also helps to make an impact on each and every Giants fan that passes through the ballpark and notices the energy innovations.
When corporations and cultural institutions demonstrate their commitment to confronting the environmental challenges we all face, everyone benefits. We applaud the Giants for stepping up to that responsibility with the help of PG&E, and congratulate them for achieving the significant honor of LEED Silver Certification for AT&T Park.