Two years ago, Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, was named the “greenest ballpark in America” after it earned LEED Silver certification as a new construction. Now the baseball team has added a second plaudit to its name after also achieving the LEED Silver for the operation and maintenance of its ballpark facility.

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Despite drawing criticism from some, LEED is still the US’ most widely recognized and accepted green building rating system. By achieving LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance, Target Field now has an independent, third-party verification of performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Speaking about the ballpark’s achievement, Dave St. Peter, Twins President said: “The Minnesota Twins organization believes our future success-both on and off the field-is built on a business model that embraces operational efficiency, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. We’re proud to have earned LEED certification for the operation of our facility and will continue to seek ways to improve the sustainability of Target Field.”

Target Fields also boasts several sustainable and recycling programs, including a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System provided by Minneapolis-based Pentair. This system captures, purifies and reuses more than 686,360 gallons of rainwater, in turn drastically reducing the use of municipal water at Target Field in 2011.

The ballpark is also determined to keep more than 1,762 cubic yards of waste out of local landfills via an aggressive recycling and waste-to-energy program. Thus far, it has already recycled 430.67 tons of waste from Target Field, and diverted 152.41 tons of organic materials from landfills.

Electric consumption has also been reduced at the ballpark by 12.1%, making Target Field 23% more energy efficient than other buildings in its ENERGY STAR category. The Minnesota Twins also reduced the usage of chemical cleaning compounds by 66% over 2010, using a total of 73% of cleaning compounds to meet the USGBC’s LEED standards.

The team have also opted to donate more than 7,500 pounds of food to local charities including more than 25,000 hot dogs and more than 3,000 hamburgers.

With programs like this, it is no surprise to learn that the Minnesota Twins may be the most environmentally friendly baseball team in the country.

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