Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins and Pentair Inc., in conjunction with sports sponsorship agency GreenMark, have announced plans to implement a new sustainable water solution in sports.
The Twins and Pentair, the Minneapolis-based water solutions
leader, are partnering to spotlight the global issue of water by setting a new
standard for water use in sports facilities. Pentair will donate and install a
custom-designed rain water recycle system (RWRS) that will capture, conserve
and reuse rain water at Target Field, the new home of the Minnesota Twins in
April 2010. Pentair's RWRS is estimated to reduce the need for municipal water
at Target Field by more than 50 percent, helping the ballpark to qualify for
LEED certification, and saving more than 2 million gallons of water annually.
Under a multi-year sponsorship agreement, Pentair will be
"The Official Sustainable Water Provider" for the Minnesota Twins
organization and Target Field. Pentair technology will purify rainwater to a
level equal to or better than municipal tap water standards. The system is
designed to allow the Minnesota Twins to recycle and conserve water used to
wash down the lower decks of the stadium and irrigate the ball field.
Additionally, Pentair's Everpure tap water filtration systems will
be installed in each Target Field suite, as well as in administrative offices
and training rooms, to enhance water quality, and reduce the use of plastic
bottled drinking water.
"Water is a leading global environmental issue but has
received only limited attention in sports. Today, the Minnesota Twins are proud
to introduce a new environmental standard in sports that moves beyond waste and
clean energy solutions to address water scarcity and quality, some
of the most pressing environmental concerns of our time," says Twins
president Dave St. Peter. "While clean water is a global issue, it really
hits home for Twins fans in the City of Lakes, the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the
Great Lakes Region. With Pentair's cutting-edge technology and GreenMark's
enlightened approach to sponsorship, we are excited to launch an entirely new
category of sports sponsorship that is a win-win for the environment and sports
The two organizations hope to raise awareness among baseball
fans and the general public about the issues of water scarcity and quality.
"We are pleased to partner with the Minnesota Twins,
and offer our hometown team a sustainable water solution that is a first in the
nation, at any sports venue," says Randall Hogan, Pentair chairman and
chief executive officer. "We hope to create awareness of water quality and
scarcity issues, and educate the public about conservation and available
The first-of-its-kind sponsorship was developed by
GreenMark, a Minneapolis-based environmental sports marketing and green
Pentair: New Sustainable Water Provider for the Minnesota Twins
January 12, 2010