The Real Green Monster of Fenway: Game 3

Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals – August 26, 2016

The Red Sox are now in the midst of a playoff race with about 6 other teams. Heck, even the stinkin’ Yankees have a shot at the wildcard now… even after virtually giving up on the season and trading away Carlos Beltran and Aroldis Chapman. The Royals came into the game having won 13 of their last 15 games, and were as hot as an iron. Within the first ten minutes it showed, as they tagged Rich Hill for back to back homers and took a 5-0 lead in the first inning. The Sox couldn’t catch up from there, and lost 6-3.

The game, as far as recycling was concerned, started off equally as rocky. My last blog post, I gave the Red Sox Organization a lot of credit for being sustainable and environmentally conscious, but sometimes they forget about the volunteers who come to pick up recycling. On our arrival, no one from the Red Sox staff came out to meet the Green Team to get them situated, despite having one of the largest turnouts I’ve ever seen. My Aunt Jane and I showed up an hour early, ready to get our hands dirty. Fifteen minutes later, a huge group of 27 students arrived from MIT’s Freshman Urban Program. I greeted them with open arms, and explained how I was a Green Sports Geek and would need their final bag total by the end of the game to help me calculate our environmental impact. One of the people leading the group, Teresa embraced the challenge of  beating the Green Team’s 44 bag record, and rallied her Freshman for battle.

It was 5 minutes before the first pitch when I realized no one was coming for us, and took off for Gate B where I knew a security guard would see my Green Team recycling t-shirt and let me in. Once inside Fenway Park, I tracked down the plastic bags (wish they were bio-degradable), and grabbed as many as I could. I ran to the Fan Services counter, grabbed a box of gloves, and hustled out to meet the group of volunteers who were sitting in a circle playing freshman orientation-style games. (Ahhh to be a wide-eyed Freshman again).

Finally, after an hour of waiting, we had gained entrance to Fenway Park. I filled them in on which items were recyclable and which items weren’t. It’s important to be careful of giving fans the liberty of throwing things into their bags, and to try and limit contamination the best they could. Also, watch out for foul balls! Game 3 of a sustainable season was almost called off, but the Green Team prevailed in the end with 65 bags of clean, ready-to-be-processed recyclables.

My Aunt Jane is good at many things, but, from my experience, she’s exceptional at two things in particular; making pesto and working hard. She read one of my later posts and contacted me, up for the challenge of recycling in one of baseball’s most cramped stadiums, where fans and their waste are packed in like sardines. After the first inning, Aunt Jane and I split up and I took off for the center field bleachers, where I could begin my slow winding descent around the stadium. The rest was a blur of aluminum, plastic, and paper.


Methodology section to explain the metrics below.

Weather: Clear and hot                                                          Date: 8/26/16
# of bags collected as a team


Contamination Errors


Final # of bags


# of bags collected in sampled section after the game


# of people sitting in sampled section during the game


Attendance at game


Estimated total # of bags in stadium


Team Bagging Average


The Green Team’s highest Bagging Average yet, thanks to MIT Freshman Urban Program, and Aunt Jane! There’s nothing like green teamwork to divert recyclables from going to the landfill.

# of steps walked 9,996
# of individual bags collected 22
Scavenger Efficiency Rate (steps per bag) 454.4

In my short career as a scavenger, this has been most efficient work thus far.

2016 Season Green Team Totals

Season total (less contaminated bags)

 131 bags

 +65  bags
Season total CO2 equivalent savings

2.07 mt

+1.03  mt

Season’s CO2 Equivalent Savings equal to:
Miles driven in an average passenger vehicle


Gallons of gasoline consumed


Pounds of coal burned


Propane cylinders used for home barbecues


Incandescent lamps switched to LEDs


Barrels of oil consumed 4.8  oil
Tree seedlings grown for ten years 53.6  adfsdf

Methodology behind these numbers

The author of this post and leading participant of the Red Sox Green Team, is Charlie Pioli; a recent graduate from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Economics and an unhealthy passion for the environment. He believes recycling is a huge boon for the earth, but far from the answer to solving the worldwide waste problem. 

Check out his Twitter or Linkedin profiles for more information about him.


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