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04/20/2010 4:27 AM ET
Washington Nationals celebrate 40th anniversary of Earth Day
Earth Day Network and Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Demong to take part in festivities
tickets for any Major League Baseball game
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Washington Nationals fans are invited to celebrate Earth Day at Nationals Park, America's first green ballpark! In honor of the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day, the Nationals will pay tribute to Mother Earth on Thursday, April 22 when they face the Colorado Rockies at 4:35 p.m., a day game that was specifically scheduled in an effort to reduce energy costs.

The Earth Day Network will be on hand encouraging fans to take part in a Carbon Footprint Quiz while distributing information on lessening their impact on the environment. Earth Day National Coordinator Denis Hayes and Athletes for Earth Ambassador/ Nordic Combined Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Demong will also be in attendance and take part in pre-game ceremonies.

In addition to the festivities surrounding the game, Earth Day will mark the start of the Green Tour at Nationals Park, a behind-the-scenes look at the various environmentally-friendly design elements incorporated into the ballpark's construction. As the nation's first major professional sports venue to become LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, Nationals Park is the ultimate educational resource for fans interested in learning about sustainable design.

The tour will offer a unique perspective on the importance of limiting waste and reducing energy use. Topics covered include:

  • Green history and the LEED movement
  • Storm water filtration systems, including an overview of the baseball field
  • Energy and atmosphere, sustainable sites and the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood green development
  • Energy management systems, local transportation options and in-house recycling plans

Information on the tour will be available throughout Thursday's game next to the Earth Day Network table on the Main Concourse level of the ballpark.

TICKETS: The Nationals will offer two special Earth Day Ticket Promotions for the game:

  • Fans who present their Metro farecard or SmarTrip card at the Nationals Park Box Offices will receive $3 off any ticket priced at $10 or more. (Tickets must be purchased at the box office on the day of game. Limit of 1 ticket per Metro fare card. Subject to availability.)
  • Fans who bring a recyclable container (plastic, glass, aluminum) will receive a ticket voucher courtesy of Coca-Cola (printed on recycled paper) for 50% off select tickets for that game or any Monday through Thursday home game in May or June. (Collection time is from CF gate open to the end of the 3rd inning. Offer good in select seating locations only. Subject to availability.)
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