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Getting to CHS Field

CHS Field Sustainability Efforts

ST. PAUL, MN May 6, 2015

CHS FIELD SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS

 

Solar array

            100 kWh array located in LF will supply approximately 15% of electricity needs at CHS Field

            Underwritten by a significant grant from Xcel Energy’s RDF program

            Kiosks will take real-time data from the ballpark’s Building Automation System and show fans power generated/saved

 

Rainwater re-use

            Rainwater harvested from Metropolitan Council Operations and Maintenance Facility roof

            Held in 27,000 gal. system located in below Centerfield concourse, treated with UV light on-site

            Used for:

Ballpark irrigation – will meet 25% of irrigation needs in a normal rainfall year

Toilet flushing  - first use of gray water in indoor plumbing in St. Paul

            Systems received grants from the Metropolitan Council and Capitol Region Watershed District

            Engineering services provided by Solution Blue, a St. Paul-based company

            Real-time data will be displayed/used in the interactive kiosks

 

Tree trenches/Rain gardens

            Vegetation in these areas are primarily self-watering and provide filtration before rainwater runs off into storm sewers

Several located near ballpark entrances – high traffic areas

            Grants from Capitol Region Watershed District and State of Minnesota Legacy Clean Water Program

 

Zero Waste

            Intention to open CHS Field as a Zero Waste Facility – 90% of waste diverted to recycling or composting

            Grant from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will furnish state of the art 3-compartment, color coded containers signed with actual serving items

            Zero Waste “Ambassadors” will assist/inform fans on the first homestand

            We will train and educate fans through signage and in-game promotion sponsored by BizRecycling, a joint effort of Ramsey/Washington Counties

            Our concessionaire partner, Pro Sports Catering, is facilitating the efforts through a sustainable purchasing program for its dry goods

            We received significant assistance from the Minnesota Chamber’s Waste Wise program, which provided exceptional grant application and technical assistance

 

District Energy

            Ballpark is on the downtown district energy system, which heats/cools with bio-fuels most of the space inside the ballpark

            The interactive kiosks will display real-time data from the BAS

 

Building Re-use

            Former Gillette warehouse

            Ryan Companies and its subcontractors re-used as much of the existing warehouse as possible – over 95% of the building was recycled

            20% of the building remains on-site in the form of retaining walls and floors or as crushed material used to facilitate the ballfield drainage system