Yankee Stadium is taking some ecologically intelligent measures to help promote a sustainable environment. #HipNJ is here to tell you all about them, just in time for Earth Day!
The structural steel used in construction of Yankee Stadium was fabricated from recycled material, and the concrete forms were reusable. Used recycled concrete aggregate was incorporated into the concrete design mix. All construction vehicles and equipment were required to use low-sulfur fuel. During construction, 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.
Prior to the 2016 Major League Baseball season, the Yankees installed light-emitting diode (LED) field lighting at Yankee Stadium, becoming just the second MLB stadium to use the state-of-the-art energy-efficient lighting system. These LED lights are 40% more efficient and 50% brighter than the previous field lighting at Yankee Stadium.
Composting and Recycling
Disposable cutlery and food-service packaging, including trays, boxes, plates and cups, are made of compostable materials instead of petroleum-based plastics. Food waste is composted and not landfilled, and cardboard, glass, metal, plastics and paper are recycled. Through the overall effort of fans and Stadium staff, approximately 85 percent of the Stadium’s total trash is diverted away from landfills.
Waste Cooking Oil
During the course of a typical season, more than 20,000 gallons of cooking oil from the Stadium are collected and recycled. This oil produces more than 18,600 gallons of biodiesel fuel, which when used in vehicles results in a carbon reduction of more than 30,000 pounds – the equivalent of removing approximately 27 cars from the road for a year.
Each year, Yankee Stadium’s plumbing fixtures save about 3.1 million gallons of water while reducing the Stadium’s water consumption by 22 percent.
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