Innovative green partnership

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The Minnesota Twins and Pentair, in conjunction with sports sponsorship agency GreenMark, have agreed a partnership by which they plan to install the highest profile sustainable water solution in sports to date.

The Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise and Pentair, the Minneapolis–based worldwide water solutions leader, are partnering to highlight 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 Twins which is scheduled to open in April 2010. Pentair's RWRS is estimated to reduce the need for municipal water at Target Field by over 50%, helping the ballpark to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and saving more than two million gallons of water annually. Under a multi–year sponsorship agreement, Pentair will be 'the official sustainable water provider' for the Twins organisation and Target Field. Minnesota Twins president Dave St Peter said: "Water is a leading global environmental issue but has received only limited attention in sports. 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. "He added: "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 franchises. " The Minnesota Twins and Pentair will aim to raise awareness among fans of Major League Baseball and the general public about the issues of water scarcity and quality. A variety of water–related educational opportunities will be used at the new ballpark to elevate the public's understanding of water stewardship. "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, " said Randall J 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 technologies. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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