04/22/2011 11:09 AM ET
Astros 2011 Play Green Campaign Launches Tuesday, April 26
The Houston Astros environmental campaign, Play Green®, one of the first comprehensive environmental programs in Major League Baseball, kicks off its fourth year on Tuesday, April 26. This season-long program launches with Play Green® week featuring multiple ecological efforts and promotions encouraging Houstonians to make conservation a part of daily life.
TUESDAY, APRIL 26
Play Green® Expo: The Play Green® Expo located in Conoco Alley will feature numerous companies and environmental organizations highlighting their green initiatives and providing educational information for fans interested in becoming more involved in Earth-friendly efforts. Participants include Anheuser-Busch, The John C. Freeman Weather Museum, Discovery Green, Comp-u-Cycle, Recyclebank, NuRide, We CAN Recycle, METRO, Miller Outdoor Theater, Dahill and Keep Houston Beautiful.
Renewable Energy Credits: The Astros are playing a "green game" at Minute Maid Park using renewable energy credits (REC) provided by Reliant Energy.
Play Green® Field Caps: A staple of the team's Play Green® program is back again for 2011, as the team will wear green Astros caps further highlighting the club's green initiatives.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
Habitat for Humanity Home Build: On Wednesday, Astros and FOX Sports Houston (FSH) front office staff will work side-by-side to help build a green Habitat for Humanity home. Several green features include vinyl, low E, double pane windows with a sunglass tint, 5/8" roof decking with a radiant barrier coating, high rating 16 SEER, 2.5 ton cooling system with 95 AFUE furnace and the entire home is wrapped in 7/16" OSB sheathing then covered with a 3/4" sheet of Dow high-performance Energy Star rated underlayment. Play Green® Ambassador Hunter Pence will join the group from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The home is located at 8801 Sterlingshire St., Houston, TX 77078.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28
Adopt-A-Block: In partnership with Keep Houston Beautiful, Astros staff will visit the team's adopted block located less than one mile from Minute Maid Park at McKinney and St. Charles for litter cleanup. The Astros first adopted the block in 2008, and visit the site regularly to ensure its upkeep.
Play Green® Grocery Tote Bag: Courtesy of The Methodist Transplant Center, the first 10,000 fans at Thursday's game will receive a Play Green® Grocery Tote Bag.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
Greenest Classroom: Play Green® ambassador Chris Johnson will visit fifth grade students at Heritage Elementary School on Friday, April 29 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. A LaPorte ISD school, the students are actively involved in various conservation activities on their campus. In addition to recycling cans, using scrap paper, and the backs of advertisements for assignments, students keep re-usable water bottles at their desk and once a quarter they walk the grounds and the boys compete against the girls to see who can pick up the most litter. Johnson's visit rewards the kids for their Earth-friendly efforts and while there, he will read Curious George Plants a Tree, present the kids with their own autographed copy of the book along with tickets to that evening's game where they will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony. Heritage Elementary School is located at 4301 East Blvd., Deer Park, Texas 77536.
The visit is part of the Astros Play Green® school initiative, designed to teach students at an early age about the environment and conservation to assist them in building a lifetime of responsible actions that make a positive difference. Heritage Elementary School was the Grand Prize winner in the Astros Greenest Classroom online contest. Teachers and students were invited to submit an essay that demonstrated what their classroom was doing to be green. The winning class received a special player visit, 100 tickets to the April 29 game and recognition on the field prior to the game. Woodland Acres Elementary School in the Galena Park ISD was the First Prize winner and received 50 tickets to the April 29 game.
Play Green® T-Shirts: Presented by Waste Management, the first 10,000 fans at Friday's game will receive a Play Green® T-Shirt.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
Play Green® Bobblehead: The first 10,000 fans at Saturday's game will receive a Hunter Pence Play Green® bobblehead courtesy of Grand Slam for Youth Baseball.
SUNDAY, MAY 1
Bike to the Ballpark: This inaugural event caps off the team's week-long Play Green® celebration and gives biking enthusiasts a chance to join the organized five-mile ride from TC Jester Park in the Heights to Minute Maid Park (route map attached) prior to the team's 1:05 p.m. game against the Brewers. For only $10, fans receive a ticket to the game, an event packet that includes a personal bib number, goodie bag filled with various "green" items and each fan registered for the event will be entered into a raffle for a new bike, courtesy of Bike Barn. The Astros will offer a complimentary bike inspection at the starting location along with a bike valet at Minute Maid Park. Interested individuals should register at www.astros.com/bike by Thursday, April 28.