The Trenton Thunder have made a commitment to use their place in the public eye to raise awareness for environmental issues while also pursuing ways the organization can minimize its footprint on the environment. Two highlights are the Thunder Clean Water Pledge program, which educates thousands of people about water pollution and the Environmental Awareness Fair, which showcases eco-friendly businesses and organizations to a Waterfront Park crowd each year.
Green Initiatives To Date:
* The Thunder Clean Water Pledge is a partnership with the NJ Watershed Ambassadors, an AmeriCorps program hosted by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Watershed Management. The pledge program, which began prior to the 2007 season, educates students about water pollution and rewards them for making a "Pledge" to live in a more environmentally sound way.
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors offer interactive presentations for students of all ages throughout the school year. At the conclusion of the lesson, students were given a "Pledge" form listing actions they can take to preserve the health of our watersheds and our communities. Students were encouraged to sign the pledge form and return it to the Thunder in order to earn a ticket to a game (Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 5:05).
* The Sixth Annual EarthShare of New Jersey Environmental Awareness Fair will be held on the "approach" at Waterfront Park prior to a TBD 2013 Thunder game.
The event features exhibits and demonstrations from Earth Share of NJ member organizations including Clean Ocean Action, GreenFaith (giving out energy efficient light bulbs), Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, South Branch Watershed Association, and more. Eco-friendly businesses also share products and services with fans.
In its first five years, the fair has showcased eco-friendly organizations and companies to over 33,000 Thunder fans.
The Thunder Safe Routes To School Program began for the 2013 season and educates students about reducing air pollution and becoming healthier by walking to school whenever possible.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federal, state and local effort to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school. Working in conjuction with the Greater Mercer TMA , interactive presentations for students of all ages are performed throughout the school year. At the conclusion of the lesson, students were given a form encouraging students to walk or bike to school at least 15 times during the school year. Students who complete the challenge can return the form to the Thunder in order to earn a ticket to a game (Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:05).
* The Thunder has worked with Mercer County to increase the recycling efforts in the ballpark. In addition to providing new highly visible recycling bins prior to the 2007 season, the Mercer County Improvement Authority was the sponsor of the four "All 15 Year Team" Baseball Card Set giveaways in 2008. The MCIA used the sponsorship to promote its "Keep Mercer Beautiful" campaign. The Thunder also created in-stadium PSA's featuring the team mascots to promote recycling in the stadium.
* In January 2008, the Thunder became the only sports franchise in America to become part of the EarthShare workplace giving program. This program allows Thunder employees to make charitable donations through voluntary payroll deductions.
* The Thunder have partnered with Eagle Maintenance Supply to provide Waterfront Park with all environmentally friendly paper products (paper towels, toilet paper etc) and hand soap this year.
* In conjunction with White Eagle Printing, the Thunder's yearbook, scorecard, pocket schedule and media guide have all been printed on recycled paper since 2008.
* For the last five years, the rule sheets for PSE&G "Baseball Bingo" (about 40,000 per year) and the "Coming Attractions" fliers posted around the ballpark have been printed on recycled paper by Bill's Printing.
* The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection used signage at the ballpark to promote its anti-idling campaign starting in 2007.
* The Thunder Company Store at the ballpark is offering a sweatshirt made with recycled PET, which is created from used soda bottles which are broken down and processed into polyester yarns.
* In 2006, the Thunder replaced old light bulbs with more energy efficient lighting throughout the stadium.
* Beer cups used in the stadium are from Greenware, an eco-friendly alternative to plastic.
* The Thunder's Director of Public Relations, Bill Cook, serves on the EarthShare of NJ Corporate Advisory Committee