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D-backs to host APS Green Series this weekend

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks, in partnership with Arizona Public Service (APS), have teamed up to offer the fourth annual APS Green series during this weekend's (April 12-14) homestand against the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Friday and continuing through Sunday, fans coming to Chase Field will learn how to become more energy efficient and help protect the environment.  

The Green Series kicks off this Friday with a green recyclable bag, courtesy of APS, that will be handed out to the first 10,000 fans through the doors. Fans are encouraged to sign up for the APS Energy All-Star Challenge, where one lucky APS customer will win an exclusive D-backs VIP Experience for four, which includes dugout box tickets, watching batting practice on the field, team merchandise and other prizes. Fans can sign up at www.aps.com/energyallstar.

On Saturday, the D-backs will host a Street Festival starting at 2 p.m. along 4th Street and Jackson that will feature music, food trucks, D-backs inflatables and more. Food trucks will feature a variety of food, including healthy options such as juice and smoothies. In addition, APS will provide recycle bins to dispose waste more efficiently. After the game, the D-backs and APS will pass out 10,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs as fans exit the stadium. Also on Saturday, fans are encouraged to tweet examples of how they are energy efficient using the hashtag #APSEnergyAllStar for a chance to win prizes, including two D-backs tickets to Sunday's game.

Sunday will be highlighted by the Valley Metro Bike to the Ballpark that will be led by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. The bike ride will start at Steele Indian School Park and follow a four-mile path to Chase Field. Cyclists will be able to safely lock their bikes along 4th Street and Jackson and can enjoy the game before biking back to Steele Indian School Park. In addition, kids will be able to get their face painted by the APS Clown Troupe and can meet Watt Waster in the Sandlot before the game, during the fourth inning and during the Seventh-inning stretch.

The D-backs will unveil three new electric car charging stations at the northwest corner of 4th Street and Jackson that will feature three electric vehicles at the vehicle charging stations. These stations, courtesy of APS, Ecotality, and the City of Phoenix, are part of a demo project that tests the integration of the APS Solar Pavilion at Chase Field and electric vehicle chargers and will help fans to learn more about alternative energy-powered cars. The chargers will be available for fans to charge their cars at games throughout the season.

During the APS Green Series, the D-backs will purchase Green Energy from APS to power Chase Field for the entire three-game weekend. The total average consumption for the series will be approximately 786,000 kWh. In addition, APS will have educational items on display near the APS Solar Pavilion, located in the Gila River Casinos Plaza, educating customers about the APS energy efficiency programs that can help fans reduce energy use and save money.

Last season, the D-backs started a program in conjunction with Levy Restaurants to donate leftover food after games to Church on the Street. In 2012, the D-backs and Levy donated five tons, which equals 3,300 meals for people in need in the Phoenix community through Church on the Street.

Tickets for the APS Green Series are available at the Chase Field Box Office, by phone at 602.514.8400 or online at dbacks.com/green or at dbacks.com/biketotheballpark.

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