Madison Mallards team with Sustain Dane to take on waste

July 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

I recently had the opportunity to brave the one hundred degree weather and attend a Madison Mallards game.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that this game was exactly what I envision when I imagine summer baseball games.  The Mallards were going for a 3 game sweep of the Green Bay Bullfrogs, and although the game started off a little warm (99° when the game started), the sun tucked behind the clouds by the 3rd inning and a cool breeze made it a perfect setting.  There really is nothing better than a warm summer evening cheering on the Mallards.

The game was relevant to me for other reasons as well, as it marked Sustain Dane’s 2nd annual “Go Green Night”.  I showed up and was quickly reminded by the announcer that the Madison Mallard Mpower ChaMpions had teamed with local groups to create an environmentally conscious game.  There were compost bins throughout the facility along with volunteers to help remind people to compost.  I arrived too late to take part but the first 100 people to ride their bicycle to the game were rewarded with a free New Belgium Beer and a bike bell.  To start the game, a group of Sustain Dane employees and their children walked out on the field and each threw a ‘first pitch’, some making it to the plate, others were a little (way) off the mark.

Sustain Dane partnered with the Mallards, Purple Cow Organics, and WE Conserve to help create an extremely eco-conscious evening, complete with green trivia and a Farmers Market Sandwich Stand.
The game went by without a hitch, every few innings the announcer reminded people to remember to compost their scraps.  Vendors were also composting leftover products that they didn’t use.  I was thoroughly impressed with the dedication of the volunteers from Purple Cow Organics and WE Conserve who were there to help with composting.  Something I didn’t realize until I started some research after the game was that Purple Cow Organics was then using the compost from the game back on their family farm.

All in all, the night ended well, with the Mallards crushing the Bullfrogs 16-4.  It was nice to see local organizations working together to benefit the community.  I hope ‘Go Green Night’ continues to be an annual event and eventually, it would be nice to see composting at Mallards games becomes a regular event.

Until next time,

EnAct Intern Adam

image credit: www.madisonbluessociety.com

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