Target Field, an award winner for its environmentally sensitive construction, has won national recognition for being one of the greenest operating pro sports facilities in the country.
The ballpark and the Minnesota Twins this month received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification from the U.S. Green Business Council.
The Twins run the ballpark, which is owned by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority. Twins President Dave St. Peter said the team will continue its sustainability efforts.
The team recycles, composts waste and incinerates (at the garbage burner next door) waste generated at the ballpark. It captures and reuses rainwater, and has reduced its use of electricity and cleaning chemicals.
The Twins also donate prepared food that goes unsold. This season, the team and its concession partners gave away more than 7,500 pounds of food to local organizations --including more than 25,000 hot dogs and bratwursts.