Baseball is "Going Green"!



By: Jill Buck

Coastal Plain League Goes Green, Announces Go Green Week

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Coastal Plain League announced today that it is "Going Green" in 2009. The CPL has partnered with the Go Green Initiative, and its teams will be holding a Go Green Week from July 5 through July 12.

"I'm so proud to support the Coastal Plain League's ‘Green Week'," said Jill Buck, Founder and Executive Director of the Go Green Initiative. "Baseball was a huge part of my childhood, and I know that millions of American kids are shaped by their experiences at the ballpark. It's truly inspiring to see an entire baseball league making their stadiums a place where kids can see environmental stewardship in action, and have a great time with their family!"

While the CPL is still in the planning stages of its Go Green Week, member clubs will be taking part in several different ways to "Go Green". The CPL has already partnered with Zephyr hats to do a green hat for the players and coaches to wear during the games; and other things teams will be doing include recycling programs for plastic bottles and aluminum cans, some teams will be playing day games to help conserve electricity and participating in community clean-ups and beach sweeps. The CPL and its clubs will also be helping raise awareness through announcements and reading off important facts of the benefits of "Going Green" throughout the week.

"We are very excited to announce that our league and member clubs are going green," said Assistant Commissioner Justin Sellers. "We feel this is a very important cause and hope that our Go Green Week will be a successful one in helping do things that will better the environment and create a "go green" consciousness in everyone's mind."

Go Green Radio will feature a segment on the CPL's Go Green Week Friday, March 6, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Fans are encouraged to listen in and can do so by logging onto http://www.voiceamerica.com/. Once there, navigate to the Voice America section under the Networks tab to open up the live broadcast. Go Green Radio is heard by five million listeners worldwide.    

More information on the Coastal Plain League Go Green Week will be coming soon. Please visit http://www.coastalplain.com/ for all updates.

About the Go Green Initiative: The Go Green Initiative is the world's fastest growing fully comprehensive environmental action plan for schools. By promoting environmental stewardship on campuses from preschools through universities, the GGI works to involve families, businesses and local governments in the common goal of protecting human health through environmental stewardship. Since its inception in July 2002, the Go Green Initiative has been endorsed by the National School Boards Association, National Recycling Coalition, adopted by eight State PTA Boards, implemented in all 50 U.S. states, 13 countries and on 4 continents. The Go Green Initiative has kept more than nine million pounds of recyclables out of the world's landfills, conserved 25.7 million gallons of water, and saved over 55 billion BTUs of energy.  These accomplishments were achieved voluntarily, with no mandates or legislation, showing that "going green" is practical and simply makes sense. There are currently over 2.2 million students and teachers in registered Go Green schools.

About the Coastal Plain League: The Coastal Plain League is the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league, heading into its 13th season. Featuring 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with wooden bats during the summer months. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.

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