The Tampa Bay Rays believe in an ongoing commitment to sustainability within our own business operations, including practices that promote energy and water conservation, and reduce, reuse, and recycle waste. We continually strive to make a positive impact on our environmental footprint, and coupled with educational programs and awareness initiatives, we serve as a community role model for environmentally responsible activities.
On Monday April 22, 2013, in partnership with Tampa Bay Watch, the Rays will launch for the second season the "Break a Bat, Plant a Ball" program. When the first bat is broken in every home game during the 2013 season, the Rays will plant a ball - an Oyster Ball - with Tampa Bay Watch. Oyster balls help control erosion, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and keep the waters of Tampa Bay clean.
In 2012, thanks to this program, 351 volunteers were able to help build over 732 oyster balls that are being used to rebuild the habitat in Tampa Bay waters!