Loons Celebrating Arbor Day With Tree Planting At Chippewa Nature CenterApril 28, 2010 - Midwest League (MWL) Great Lakes Loons
"The tree planting is another step we can take to further our commitment to environmental responsibility," said Paul Barbeau, Loons President and General Manager. "The hard work of our operations staff in conjunction with our partnership with Midland Volunteers for Recycling, has allowed us to make great strides with our conservation and recycling program."
In 2009, the Loons worked closely with the Midland Volunteers for Recycling and recycled over 7,000 plastic bottles and over 4 tons of office paper-the equivalent of saving 48 trees. The Loons also recycle metals, glass, polystyrene, plastic bags and cardboard. The Loons recycled office paper is sent to a paper mill in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for use in recycled paper products such as tablets. Recycled newspaper is used by a packaging plant in Kalamazoo to produce boxboard for cereal and other products. Recycled plastic bottles are made into polyester products including carpet. Plastic bags are used in the production of plastic wood for use in decks, park benches and picnic tables-the decking near the main gate of Dow Diamond is an example of plastic wood. On Thursday, the Loons front office staff will be planting 48 trees to match the 48 trees saved through their recycling program.
"Chippewa Nature Center is thrilled to partner with the Great Lakes Loons on this project," said Tom Lenon, Chippewa Nature Center Director of Land & Facilities. "These 48 trees will be a tangible representation of the dedication the Loons staff has toward environmental sustainability."
Recycling is only one piece of the Loons overall commitment to the environment. Dow Diamond was built using the latest in green construction. Energy-saving lights which turn themselves on and off save energy while waterless urinals throughout the stadium save approximately 420,000 gallons of water per year. The 168 solar panels located beyond the right field fence-using technology provided by Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor-has generated 92,917 kilowatt hours to date, which is enough to power eight U.S. households for one year.*
Chippewa Nature Center is a private nature center located in Midland, Michigan. Open to the public year-round, its mission is to help people enjoy and learn about the environment, as well as to inspire and teach them how to be responsible stewards of the land, water and air. For more information, visit ChippewaNatureCenter.org or call (989) 631-0830.
The Midland Volunteers for Recycling is located in Midland, Michigan, and their mission is to educate the community on recourse conservation through waste reduction, reuse, and recycling, as well as conserve resources by giving residents and small businesses an opportunity to recycle.
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