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Indians recognized in national environmental sustainability report
Indians highlighted with fourteen other teams

Story by JON REISDORF


 

Progressive Field and the Cleveland Indians are among fifteen teams highlighted in a national report on environmental sustainability in sports.

The Indians worked with Cleveland State University to design a wind turbine that was installed at the ballpark this year. Allen Hershkowitz is a co-author of the report.

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“They are uniquely designed in that the design of those turbines generate, they’re generating four and a half times as much energy than if the turbines were standing alone in a more traditional structure.”

The innovative “helical wind turbine” uses a cylindrical shape to rotate and keep its four, six-foot turbines directed into the strongest winds.

According to the report on how the pro-sports industry  is helping the environment, Progressive Field has cut trash in half since 2007. That saves $50,000 a year in pickups. The Indians have also reduced the stadium’s carbon footprint by 42,000 pounds of CO2 emissions yearly.

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