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Minnesota Twins Start the Season in a Great Green Ballpark

Posted By Brit Liggett On April 7, 2010 @ 3:30 pm In Architecture,Green Building | No Comments

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The Minnesota Twins are set to christen their new green stadium [2] on April 12th in a game against the Boston [3] Red Sox! Target Field is ready for opening day and during its construction [4] no green features [5] were spared. From a rainwater collection system to low-VOC finishes, energy efficient lighting [6], and LEED certification, the new stadium finds the Minnesota Twins joining the Washington Nationals in the small club of teams with eco-conscious [7] baseball fields.

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The ground broke [9] on the new stadium in 2007 but the team officially moves out of the Metrodome and into their new home [10] this season. They’ll seek LEED certification [11] for their ballpark and surely have included the features to prove its sustainable worth. The 40,000 seat park has a rainwater collection system [12] underneath the ball field, low VOC finishes and sealants, energy efficient lighting [6], native landscaping, a solar reflective roof, energy efficient heating and ventilation systems and a ton of bike racks [13]. The stadium is also totally accessible by Minneapolis public transportation [14].

Two years ago Major League Baseball partnered with the National Resources Defense Council [15] to help assist baseball parks in greening their facilities and operations [16]. The Twins franchise has taken this partnership to the next level, going above and beyond the recycling initiatives [17] most teams have implemented in recent years. Chris Iles — the corporate communications manager for the Twins — says greening the stadium is, “the right thing for the environment and for the community. Major League Baseball’s Greening Program is part of what we do but quite frankly, I feel like what we’ve done is far beyond that.”

+ Minnesota Twins [18]

Via The Post Bulletin [19]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/07/minnesota-twins-to-start-the-season-in-a-great-green-ballpark/twins-and-the-environment/

[2] green stadium: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/06/old-dairy-barn-converted-into-an-eco-home-filled-with-rustic-charm/

[3] Boston: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/22/harvard-professor-makes-inhalable-coffee-no-cup-required/

[4] construction: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/06/green-depot-is-new-york-states-first-leed-platinum-retail-building/

[5] green features: http://www.inhabitat.com/architecture/

[6] energy efficient lighting: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/23/karim-rashid-unveils-beautiful-trex-lamps/

[7] eco-conscious: http://www.inhabitat.com/interiors/

[8] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/07/minnesota-twins-to-start-the-season-in-a-great-green-ballpark/twins-will-seek-leed/

[9] ground broke: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/06/bob-americas-biggest-sodium-sulfur-battery-powers-a-texas-town/

[10] new home: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/07/chapel-transformed-into-stunning-modern-residence-in-utrecht/

[11] LEED certification: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/06/global-headquarters-for-wildlife-conservation-society-sits-lightly-on-the-earth/

[12] rainwater collection system: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/26/gimme-shelter-project-creating-a-green-home-on-shelter-island/

[13] bike racks: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/17/nyc-transforming-parking-meters-into-bike-racks/

[14] public transportation: http://www.inhabitat.com/transportation/

[15] National Resources Defense Council: http://www.nrdc.org/

[16] facilities and operations: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/06/rackspace-converts-vacant-shopping-mall-into-leed-gold-headquarters/

[17] recycling initiatives: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/06/colorful-wall-art-creatures-made-from-old-vinyl-records/

[18] + Minnesota Twins: http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=min

[19] The Post Bulletin: http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?z=51&a=446312

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