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NEW YORK CITY-Displaying environmental leadership and encouraged by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the builder of the New York Mets’ new ballpark, the Queens Ballpark Co. LLC, will build and operate the major league baseball team’s new stadium using some of the latest green technologies and practices. On Thursday, EPA regional administrator Alan J. Steinberg, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries revealed a Memorandum of Understanding, which spells out design, construction and operational principles ensuring that Citi Field meets high environmental standards and reduces its carbon footprint.

As GlobeSt.com reported in May, Bloomberg revealed plans to create the city’s largest green development in an attempt to clean up and revitalize the 60-acre area surrounding the new Citi Field. During its construction and operation the builders will use at least two million pounds of recycled coal combustion products instead of newly manufactured Portland cement. This commitment alone saves more than 800 tons of carbon dioxide and is equivalent to taking 1,000 cars off the road for two months, saves enough energy for 1,000 homes for 19 days and saves landfill space for the solid waste from 2,000 people for 135 days, according to the EPA.

“The Mets organization deserves an environmental MVP award for their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint and the waste stream from the construction and operation of Citi Field,” says Steinberg, in a prepared statement. “The Mets are also providing a great example for other sports and entertainment organizations, and we hope they will step up to meet that challenge. This important agreement underscores innovation and a comprehensive commitment towards sustainable development. From its use of recycled materials and energy efficient lighting to its commitment to joining the Energy Star and Waste Wise partnership programs, Citi Field is looking greener everyday.”

Citi Field’s environmental highlights include:

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