Nationals Lead the Way On and Off the Field

The Washington Nationals are making history by making the playoffs for the first time since the beginning of the franchise. But did you know that the ballpark is already is the record books?

Before the team began to chase the National League championship, Nationals Park was already receiving accolades for leading the way in being green. The ballpark, located in Southeast, was built in 2008 and became the first major league stadium to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status by the United States Green Building Council.

With over 40,000 seats, Nationals Park average energy consumption is about 15% less than most MLB stadiums. This is partly due to the field’s lighting system. Energy conserving light fixtures with time and motion sensors helps reduce lighting costs by 21%. The lighting is projected to save over $440,000 over the next 25 years. The ballpark also features a 6,300 square foot green roof above the outfield concession area that helps reduce heat gain.

Just like Stephen Strasburg lead the team through the playoffs, Nationals Park is leading the way to helping the District become one of the healthiest, greenest, and most livable cities in the US.

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