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Green Light

Thunder Go Green, teach fans how to do the same

By Tim Silvernail

Trenton Go Green
The fifth annual EarthShare of New Jersey Environmental Awareness Fair was held at Waterfront Park prior to the Trenton Thunder's game against the Reading Phillies on July 16th. Thousands of fans met with representatives from local and statewide environmental organizations in front of the park prior to passing through the gates to learn what they can do to help create a healthy and sustainable environment in New Jersey.

"This fair is more focused on education and awareness than many of the others we attend," said EarthShare of New Jersey Executive Director Paula Aldarelli. By "engaging children and adults in fun education" we are able to connect people with the environmental causes they care most about. Aldarelli added that partnering with the Trenton Thunder for this event has brought valuable attention to the work EarthShare is doing to protect our natural resources. People often recognize the organization from seeing them at Waterfront Park every year.

The Trenton Thunder's efforts to "go green" extend well beyond hosting the annual environmental fair. The team's yearbook, scorecards, pocket schedules, and media guide have been printed on recycled paper since 2008. Eagle Maintenance Supply has helped to ensure that toilet paper, paper towels and other paper products are environmentally friendly. Another effort to recycle by the Thunder is seen in the team store where they sell sweatshirts made with recycled PET, a material created from used soda bottles, which are broken down, and made into polyester yarns. Mercer County also aided the recycling efforts by providing highly visible recycling bins that have drastically decreased the amount of recyclables thrown out each game. The Thunder are also the only sports franchise in America to be a part of the EarthShare workplace giving program which allows team employees to make charitable donations through voluntary payroll deductions. The Trenton Thunder and EarthShare New Jersey share the same commitment to contributing to a healthy and sustainable environment in New Jersey.

"A young fan gets a head start in learning about the ways he can help keep the environment healthy and clean."