When you think about the Cubs and being green, the first mental picture that might pop into your head is the beautifully landscaped outfield of Wrigley Field with its ivy walls, or the monstrous historic scoreboard. But there is more behind the green initiatives at Wrigley than just the outfield. The Cubs organization has supported Chicago Gateway Green since 1999, and they sponsor a mile-long corridor on the inbound Kennedy by Addison. Their support allows tens of thousands of commuters to experience the benefits of urban greenspace – while typically travelling between 5 and 15 mph during rush hour every day.
The combination of the Cubs longstanding support of Gateway Green’s mission, and the launch of summer, is why our Associate Board is holding its second annual Cubs Rooftop fundraiser on June 9th. It was so great last year, the board decided to keep a good thing going. And, the tickets are going fast, so get them while you can. It will be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in early June – on a northside rooftop, with food and drink – supporting Chicago Gateway Green.
The outfield, the ivy, and the scoreboard aren’t the only green things at Wrigley. Over the past several years, the Cubs organization has focused more and more on increasing the sustainability of its operations. The Cubs implemented an immense recycling program three years ago. When you have 40,000 plus spectators guzzling multiple beverages during their time at Wrigley Field, it adds up to a lot of plastic cups, aluminum cans, and cardboard packaging. The recycling effort is to divert over 165,000 pounds of material from landfills annually (even more if they make a playoff run).
To celebrate Earth Day two years ago, the Cubs had an official Green Game where the electricity used during the game was offset by the purchase of green-e certified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). The RECs supported the development of utility-scale wind power. The program was so successful that the Cubs have committed to continue pursuing RECs in their energy purchasing program.
And the Cubs organization has proposed taking an even larger step towards sustainability with its renovation plan for Wrigley. While some parts of the plan have created some controversy, there is a lot of support to increasing the energy efficiency and water conservation of this great historic ballpark. To reduce water use at the field, the plan includes installing new pipes equivalent to running around the bases 70 times (around ten miles). The plan also includes more restroom facilities and new plumbing fixtures that will save about 220 homes worth of water daily. For energy efficiency, the Cubs plan to install over 300 miles of new cable and wire along with new hot water and HVAC systems. The renovation also includes the recycling of construction material, utilization of recycled material wherever possible, and use of environmentally-friendly products to improve air quality.
So come on out and support Chicago Gateway Green, the Cubs, and being green on June 9th. Get your tickets today!