Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading West Coast environmental consulting firm, successfully worked with the San Francisco Department of the Environment and AT&T Park to increase recycling at the home ballpark of the world-champion San Francisco Giants. Recently completed audits confirm that 3.5 million pounds of ballpark waste was diverted from landfill in 2009, a rate of 75 percent, up from 57 percent the previous year. In addition to exceeding the City of San Francisco’s recycling goal, AT&T Park was also recognized by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery with a Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) award.
Key to the program’s success was ESA’s analysis of existing waste diversion practices and a comprehensive plan for improvements. ESA worked to effectively communicate how to participate, while broadening the accessibility of recycling and composting throughout the ballpark. Training for concessionaires and Giants’ staff made sure the park could lead by example, while partnering with the City of San Francisco’s green job training program – Environment Now – reached out and educated the public during games.
“It’s great to work with a world champion organization that’s as dedicated to sustainability as it is to baseball,” commented Jeff Caton, PE, LEED AP, Director of ESA’s Renewable Resources Practice.
ESA will continue to build upon the success of AT&T’s existing program. Since AT&T Park opened, improvements in waste management and energy efficiency have been a top priority, creating an environmentally friendly atmosphere. ESA will continue to work with the San Francisco Department of the Environment to assist AT&T Park and many other businesses and city departments to analyze, improve, inform, and plan effective recycling programs throughout the City.