Our Programs

Batting Clean-Up: mobilizing the Dominican Republic’s brightest baseball stars to draw attention and demand change to an already growing Plastic Crisis in the D.R.

The Batting Clean-Up initiative began as a reaction to the plastic waste crisis in the D.R., captured in the now-infamous “Plastic Wave” video that surfaced in July 2018. What started out as beach clean-ups designed to highlight the problem has now evolved into working with local officials and partners to create realistic solutions to how the island approaches waste management overall. Our most recent clean-up was led by eight professional Major League Baseball players including Nelson Cruz and Amed Rosario. The U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, members of the island’s Ministry of Environment, and a number of young MLB hopefuls joined 75 volunteers to clean up two beaches: Montesinos and Fort San Gil. In total, we removed 416 pounds of debris, including nearly 300 pounds of plastic.

Help be a part of the solution for a cleaner Dominican Republic and other island nations by donating or getting involved.

E-Waste Recycling:Players for the Planet has conducted multiple E-Waste Recycling drives in association with various MLB teams, collecting and diverting over 1,000,000 pounds of E-Waste from landfills.

Global e-waste production is on track to reach 120 million tonnes per year by 2050 if current trends continue, according to a report from the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) and the UN E-Waste Coalition released at Davos today. The report reveals the annual value of global e-waste as over $62.5 billion, more than the GDP of most countries. More than 44 million tonnes of electronic and electrical waste was produced globally in 2017 – over six kilograms for every person on the planet. This is equivalent in weight to all the commercial aircraft ever built.

Less than 20% of e-waste is formally recycled, with 80% either ending up in landfill or being informally recycled – much of it by hand in developing countries, exposing workers to hazardous and carcinogenic substances such as mercury, lead, and cadmium. E-waste in landfill contaminates soil and groundwater, putting food supply systems and water sources at risk.

Get involved in changing how the world approaches e-waste by donating, scheduling your own event or attending an event.

Strike Out Wasted Land: Brent Suter’s Urban and Rural Land Renewal Project

“I gave more to the earth than I took” is something almost no one can say, but this program gives us a chance to truly strive for that goal. SOWL is a program launching in 2020, being spearheaded by Brewer’s pitcher, Brent Suter. The program plans to use abandoned/wasted land as opportunities to regrow natural spaces. The program is currently in the progress of purchasing said land throughout the mid-west and will be planting native flowers and trees, creating community green space and community gardens. The long-term goal of SOWL is beautify abandoned lands in a way that honors the earth, rejuvenate communities, sequester carbon and increase property values for the community. 

Be on the ground floor of this exciting new program by donating or getting involved.

GSA x PFTP Zero Waste Field: Develop an environmental pilot program that addresses energy, water, waste and carbon at the Baseball Hall of Fame and initiatives at existing youth fields to highlight meaningful actions that improve both bottom-line and environmental performance.

Green Sports Alliance/PFTP will collaborate to promote and guide the development of sustainable upgrades that MLB teams can make to support youth baseball and softball in local communities as well as increase youth engagement around sport and the environment. This also provides an opportunity to highlight the good work being done by the league and MLB venues.  

The goal of the program is to have all 30 MLB teams pledge to adopt a youth field and to develop a plan that will make sustainable improvements to support youth sports in their community. This will engage young sports fans and provide an additional platform to enhance the messaging of MLB’s Discovery Education youth programs as well support the RBI program.

Showcasing the sustainable practices among stadiums in Major League Organizations as seen in the Game Changer Report

As part of PFTP x Parley’s continued effort to avoid and ultimately eliminate SUP, HOF/Youth Field  will seek to terminate the sales of single-use plastic water bottles. {Company of choice} will outfit HOF/Youth program grounds with refillable water. 

 

1. As part of the partnership with S’well Bottle and Parley for the Oceans and the potential PFTP bottle that will be released as part of their “Skin in the Game” line, bottles will be gifted to each person in attendance/gifted to each youth participant at the HOF Kick-Off Softball game. 

2. Reusable bottles will be sold in the gift shops and concession areas. This will promote the use of refillable water bottles and in return we can install a program to amplify their current recycling practices, much like current refillable stations.