Last night, the WaterFilters.NET team had an outing at Target Field to watch the Minnesota Twins play the Kansas City Royals.
To provide context for you, whether you are reading this now or in the future, the Twins entered the game 19 games out of first place, the Royals 10.5. Our marquee player, Joe Mauer, was out of the lineup for concussion related symptoms. The game itself seemed a pitcher’s duel, until the end, when it was clear that our team just couldn’t hit. And the temperature reached nearly 95 degrees.
There was absolutely nothing special about this game. Nothing to justify any highlights on SportsCenter or even more than a passing glance at a box score. It was meaningless August baseball at its best.
So why I am talking about it now? Because in spite of very little importance happening on the field, there is a great deal of importance wrapped in the field itself. Clean water sustainability is a big reason why.
Clean water sustainability takes its rightful place within these green initiatives thanks to a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System. Per the Minnesota Twins website:
Through a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System provided by Minneapolis-based Pentair, the Minnesota Twins have captured, purified and reused more than 1,846,322 total gallons of rainwater, drastically reducing the use of municipal water at Target Field in 2011 and 2012. The majority of the recycled rainwater was used to wash down the seating bowl attached to the main concourse. If the infield at Target Field was a six-foot-deep swimming pool, we could fill it four times with the water saved just in 2012.
[Full disclosure, we are both a customer and strategic partner of Pentair. This is an affiliation we are extremely proud of - especially when it gets us a nice little mention on the jumbotron!]
When any new stadium is built, especially in Minnesota it seems, there are typically years of infighting regarding whether or not it’s right to spend tax dollars on playgrounds for billionaires.
Without coming down on either side of that debate, what the Twins have done with this public investment is provide a large scale model of green construction and clean water sustainability. The financial sources that brought this stadium to life, for better or worse, created more than just a ballpark. Downtown Minneapolis is home to proof points supporting clean water sustainability best practices that can be applied to future stadiums, individual home owners seeking more effective ways to reduce water usage and costs – and anyone seeking creative solutions for ending our global water shortage crisis.
It’s unfortunate that there’s very little to talk about as it relates to Minnesota Twins baseball this year. But that jewel of a park they play in is an ideal starting point for any conversation centered on creating a more sustainable world.
I encourage you to learn more about the clean water sustainability and green initiatives that have helped Target Field become the first professional sports facility to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver Certification for both construction and operations at the Minnesota Twins website.
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