31 May Sustainable Win
Dave St. Peter
President and CEO,
Austainability doesn’t always come to mind when you think of professional baseball. But with bright lights, open skies, and thousands of fans filling the seats at any given game, the Minnesota Twins recognize the role energy and water efficiency, reduced waste, and sustainability education play in creating the best possible experience for our fans, players, and community.
Professional sports franchises have the ability to create local change that can set an example and have a truly global impact when it comes to sustainability initiatives. We don’t take this responsibility lightly.
When Target Field opened in 2010, the facility was quickly dubbed “the Greenest Ballpark in America.” Target Field earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver thanks to many sustainability features integrated into the design and construction of our facility.
Never resting on our laurels, the Twins organization then pursued LEED for Existing Buildings to ensure our operations and maintenance practices remained cutting edge and continued to improve. And just a few weeks ago, we were honored when Target Field became the first professional sports venue in the world to earn three different LEED certifications, most recently achieving LEED Gold through the new Arc performance platform, an innovative tool that helps buildings, communities, and cities—including large-scale venues like ballparks—track performance on an ongoing basis.
The Minnesota Twins organization believes our future success—both on and off the field—is built on a business model that embraces operational excellence, efficiency, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. LEED has helped us work toward this mission.
We honor the power of sport by leading through example, and we will continue to use our sport to inspire, build the best fan experience while causing no unnecessary harm, and work with our fans, community, suppliers, partners, and employees to have a positive influence in the world.
Dave St. Peter