Consult your list of items to bring to the ballpark.
Tickets? Check. Mitt? Check. Outdated VCR that has been collecting dust in a storage closet for 10 years?
As part of an Earth Day initiative run by their Red Goes Green team, the Phillies are hosting their second annual eCycle event at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, one day before the official holiday. Fans are encouraged to drop off used electronics that they no longer need. The club has partnered with Waste Management, which will recycle or reuse the items.
At last year's event, the group filled a trailer with used TVs, DVD players, VCRs, computers, monitors, calculators, phones and other products. This time, the Phillies have set loftier expectations.
"We have four trailers ready to go on Saturday," said Mary Ann Gettis, manager of marketing initiatives for the Phillies. "We encourage people in the neighborhood to bring down any used electronics."
The Phillies launched the Red Goes Green program in April 2008. They became the first Major League team to join the EPA's Green Power Partnership program, which encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use.
"I think it's the right thing to do," Gettis said. "Philadelphia is such a huge, well-known city, so it's responsible for the city and also to our fans. It's just giving back."
The club is in the process of changing its ballpark light bulbs to more eco-friendly LED light bulbs. The Phillies have also partnered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in giving away 250 trees to fans.
More clubs around the league are emphasizing green initiatives. The Indians installed a wind turbine atop the right-field corner of Progressive Field. Six teams have installed solar panels in their ballparks to generate another source of renewable energy. Four stadiums have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Gettis said the increasing effort to stress environmentally supportive advancements has been rewarding.
"We get great feedback with the volunteer numbers for the Red Goes Green team and the percentage of fans that give," Gettis said. "We have 35 oversized recycling containers throughout the ballpark, and the usage of them has been really great."