D-backs going green during homestand

D-backs going green during homestand

PHOENIX -- The D-backs have added green to its team colors.

The team, in partnership with Arizona Public Service Co., will be using renewable energy during the seven-game homestand starting Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and concluding with the Philadelphia Phillies. Selected D-backs fans attending games will receive compact fluorescent bulbs and free energy home audits, courtesy of APS.

The APS Green Homestand will be powered by renewable energy purchased from a "green-e certified" provider that will cover the entire energy needs of Chase Field for the homestand. The total energy displaced is 1,820,000 kWh, which is equivalent to the energy needed to power 6,500 homes for a week. Moreover, the total energy displaced is equivalent to a reduction in water consumption by more than 424,060 gallons of water, which is enough to serve the needs of 216 homes for a week, and a reduction in carbon dioxide (C02) emissions by 1,670 pounds, the equivalent to removing six cars off the road for one week.

"With APS, we think we are in a unique position to be able to help raise awareness about the need for energy conservation and renewable energy," said D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall. "We can all do something about the energy we use and how we use it."

Throughout the homestand, the D-backs will promote energy efficiency and provide green lifestyle tips. In addition, APS experts will be at each game to answer questions about energy use and to help educate fans about things they can do to be greener while saving money and energy. The APS Clown Troupe and The Renewables, a new APS team of clean energy super heroes, representing solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and bio-mass energy, will also be present in the St. Joseph's Sandlot for children and families.

"Any time we can get our energy conservation and renewable messages out to thousands of people at one time, it's an automatic win," said Terry Orlick, APS director of customer information and programs. "To do this for seven games shows the leadership and commitment that the D-backs have for our community."

Tickets for the APS Green Homestand are available online at dbacks.com, at the Chase Field ticket office or by phone at (602)514-8400.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.