SAINT PAUL — As part of the Saint Paul Saints historic move from Midway Stadium to CHS Field, the organization wanted to ensure that environmental responsibility was at the forefront. From recycling rainwater and utilizing solar energy to purchasing compostable products and offering fans recycling options throughout the park, the Saints have succeeded in showcasing this commitment to the environment.
The Saints organization worked diligently with Waste Wise and Ramsey and Washington Counties’ BizRecycling program since before the groundbreaking for CHS Field to ensure that a comprehensive recycling program was in place on opening day. Before the first pitch in May 2015 color coded bins were in place with clear signage. The Saints primary food service vendor, Pro Sport Catering, utilizes compostable and recyclable service ware. Staff and vendors were trained and on field entertainment was used to educate fans about recycling in true comedic Saints’ fashion. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Waste Wise also arranged for “Recycling Umpires” to monitor the recycling bins and encourage fans to recycle.
Vice President Tom Whaley is proud of his team’s recycling program and is committed to improving every year saying, “We’ve come a long way from Midway, but we know we still have a long way to go. This isn’t something that we’re going to do for a season and move on, recycling is part of our culture now.” It’s that attitude and commitment that have fans, players, and employees all proud of a winning team.
The Saints have continued their aggressive approach to improving recycling by hiring a Sustainability Coordinator whose sole focus is maintaining and improving the already strong recycling and energy efficiency programs at the stadium. The results have been great so far more than 40,000 pounds of material being composted and more than 91,000 pounds of material being recycled during the 2016 season.