Twins Win 2021 MLB Green Glove Award

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – In recognition of the club’s nearly 100% waste diversion rate last year, Major League Baseball today announced that the Minnesota Twins have won the 2021 Green Glove Award. Twins become the first club other than the San Francisco Giants or Seattle Mariners to win the award since its inception in 2008.

“Our commitment to sustainability has informed the design and construction of Target Field, while guiding how we operate and maintain the ballpark every day since opening its doors,” said President and Chief Executive Officer. Twins management, Dave St. Peter. “There is a shared pride in Target Field’s position as ‘America’s Greenest Ballpark,’ as well as a recognition of the broader impact and importance. I applaud all of our organization, our fans, and our dedicated community and business partners, for their tireless and ongoing efforts to ensure the Twins and our ballpark are true stewards of the environment.

Diversion rate of nearly 100%

The Green Glove Award is given to the MLB club with the highest diversion rate over the previous year; in 2021, the Twins saved nearly 99% of Target Field waste from landfills – a process driven by both club partners and fan efforts at the stadium. The Twins ballpark is thoroughly cleaned after every game and event by St. Paul-based Marsden Services; all accumulated waste is carefully sorted into recyclables, compostables and waste, before being diverted accordingly.

During the 2021 season, 33.8% of waste produced at Target Field was compostable; since 2011, the Twins have composted 3,796 tonnes of organic matter. A further 33.4% was recycled, bringing the cumulative 11-year total to 4,743 tonnes, while 0.8% was unused, undamaged food from back-end operations which, through a partnership with Delaware North and Rock and Wrap It Up! Inc., was donated to local charities. The remaining 31.1% was non-compostable, non-recyclable waste that the Twins sent to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC), in addition to the 4,190 tons of Target Field waste delivered to HERC since 2011. Once at HERC, baseball stadium waste is added to waste collected throughout Hennepin County, with 90% of this accumulation then treated to create high-pressure steam; this steam generates enough electricity to power 25,000 homes, some of which is sent to 100 downtown buildings, including Target Field, for heating and cooling needs.

“Our organization is really focused on doing the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons,” said Dave Horsman, Twins vice president, Ballpark Operations. “Waste diversion is important for many reasons, not the least of which is the amount of waste a professional sports venue can generate. Anything we can do to reduce the potential negative impact of waste is important, and we will find a way to do it.

Partners in Environmental Stewardship

The Twins are proud to partner with Eco-Products, Ecolab, Marsden Services, Pentair and Republic Services for Target Field’s sustainability efforts.


Twins Sustainability Statement

The Minnesota Twins organization believes that our future success – both on and off the field – depends on a business model that encompasses operational efficiency, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. We honor the power of sport by leading by example, and we will continue to use sport to inspire, create the best fan experience and cause no unnecessary harm, working with our fans, community, vendors, partners and our employees to have a positive influence in the world.

After the Twins opened Target Field in 2010 as the second Major League Baseball facility to achieve LEED Silver for new construction, the team went on to become the first professional sports franchise to receive LEED Silver for construction and facilities. existing buildings: operation and maintenance (in 2011) . In 2017, the Twins became the first to achieve LEED Gold for the operation and maintenance of their facility; the club achieved recertification in 2019. Target Field is also the first sports venue in the nation to earn three levels of LEED certification through Arc, the industry-leading digital platform that uses real-time data to help benchmark, measure and improve performance. sustainability. performance. Arc is the first of its kind to track progress through a performance score, allowing project teams to make more informed sustainability decisions.

In recognition of the Minnesota Twins’ outstanding contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry, the American Green Building Council honored the organization with a 2019 leadership award. The Twins, billed as a “role model of sustainability in the world of sport,” were recognized for using green building and sustainable practices to improve the quality of life for those that surround them.

Capture and reuse rainwater

Using a custom-designed rainwater recycling system provided by Minneapolis-based Pentair, the Minnesota Twins captured, purified and reused nearly 20 million gallons of rainwater in total, significantly reducing municipal water use at Target Field. The majority of the recycled rainwater is used to wash the seat pan attached to the main hall.

Recycling, composting and converting waste to energy

Through aggressive waste recycling and energy recovery programs, the Twins have saved nearly 13,000 tonnes of waste from ending up in local landfills from 2011 to 2021; 4,190 tonnes of waste were sent to the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC); 4,743 tonnes of waste were recycled from Target Field; and 3,796 tonnes of organic matter were composted and diverted from landfills.

Donate unused food to local charities

The Minnesota Twins and Delaware franchise partner North Sportservice donate more than 10 tons of food to local charities each season. Through a partnership with Rock and Wrap It Up!, Inc., all prepared but intact meals at Target Field are wrapped and donated to local charities. To date, these efforts have saved more than 63 tonnes of waste from ending up in local landfills.

Connecting People and Places – Target Field Station

Opened in 2014 at 5th St. N and 5th Ave. N in downtown Minneapolis (north side of Target Field, near Gate 6), Target Field Station is a multimodal transportation hub providing commuters, baseball fans, and downtown visitors daily connections to hundreds of trains via Metro Transit.

Reduced energy consumption with LED lighting

Installed between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Target Field’s field lighting was upgraded to LED technology. By reducing the number of luminaires from 746 to approximately 512, energy consumption has been reduced by approximately 55%. LED fixtures were also used to illuminate the underside of the baseball stadium canopy.

Neal T. Doss