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Going green again
04/20/2007 10:19 AM ET
CINCINNATI -- Great American Ball Park is Going Green again when the Cincinnati Reds host the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, which is celebrated as Earth Day.

On Opening Day, the Reds followed the lead of the 79th Academy Awards ceremony and partnered with Duke Energy to become the first professional sports team to go "carbon neutral."

As they did on Opening Day, for Sunday's Earth Day game the Reds will purchase from Carbon Solutions Group credits called Voluntary Emission Reductions (VER), which are used to fund energy projects that help reduce the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.

The electricity and natural gas used at Great American Ball Park on Opening Day will create carbon emissions. By purchasing the VER credits, the Reds are giving back to the environment by helping fund such energy projects as wind mill and solar farms that emit no carbon.

"It is our intent to be responsible stewards throughout the season and participate in eco-friendly projects," said Declan Mullin, GABP vice president of ballpark operations. "Earth Day is another opportunity to step forward and help the environment."

As part of the Earth Day celebration, Duke Energy will had out 10,000 energy-efficient night lights at its booth in the Fan Zone.

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