Christmas come early…well, sort of. We didn’t have Santa BUT we did have Citizens Bank Red Goes Green Day! The program launched in 2008 and continues to grow (pun intended) both within the confines of Citizens Bank Park and all across the Delaware Valley. The Phillies celebrated Earth Day (which will actually take place on April 22) with a ballpark-wide Citizens Bank Red Goes Green Day prior to and during Thursday’s game against the Braves.
Things kicked off with Phils third baseman Cody Asche, Phillies president David Montgomery, ARAMARK’s regional director Brian Hastings, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Drew Becher and the Phanatic who joined in to ceremonially plant a tree in Cody’s name as part of the Phillies’ Home Runs for Trees program. For each home run a Phillies player hits, a tree will be planted through the Plant One Million program with a goal of restoring the region’s tree population. The Lorax would be so proud! (We speak for the trees…too!)
Fans also received a very awesome Red Goes Green tote, compliments of MLB Network – perfect for bringing home groceries in lieu of using a plastic bag!
Local “green” vendors were stationed at the ballpark entrance gates to showcase the various ways fans can get green while wearing their Phillies red. For a full list of the “green” vendors, check it out right here.
Also in the mix, the bases were lined with snazzy Phillies Red Goes Green jewels and fans were treated to tips on PhanaVision before and during the game – all in the name of mother Earth.
The Phillies recognized Gail Reinhart from Welch Elementary School as the winning teacher in the 2014 Citizens Bank Phillies Red Goes Green Sustainability Initiative Contest as well. Gail is a third grade teacher and runs the Ecology Club where she leads her students in many projects, including maintaining a meadow project, discovering new ways to conserve water and lots more cool, Earth-friendly stuff!
The Phillies beat the Braves AND we learned how to be a bit greener and friendlier to the Earth. Not a bad day.