When Nationals Park opened as the first certified "green" major league ballpark, it was inevitable that some other teams would do something to up the ante. Today it appears that the "other" Washington team - the Seattle Mariners - have done just that.
At several games this season, Mariners' fans at Safeco Field will be offered bags of compost. Not just any run-of-the-mill compost, mind you, but small bags of stuff made from food waste, drink cups, wrappers, and other stuff discarded by fans at Safeco itself. The detritus has been rendered into a environmentally-friendly compost by Cedar Grove Composting in Maple Valley, Wash.
Scott Jenkins, Mariners vice president for ballpark operations, summed it up at a press conference at Safeco yesterday, saying fans should "think of it as taking a little bit of the ballpark home." Other regional teams will be doing the same thing, including the NFL Seahawks, WNBA Storm, MSL Sounders FC, as well as the NBA Portland Trail Blazers and NHL Vancouver Canucks.
The alliance has received endorsements from the commissioners of the major sports leagues and from the Environmental Protection Agency. Given their attention to civic responsibility and the environment, can the Nats be far behind?