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March 19, 2008

Willets Point: The Grass Is Always Greener at CitiFiled

Newsday Reports:

The baseball diamond won't be the only thing that's "green" at the new Mets stadium, which will be built and equipped with a variety of environmentally conscious features, team, city and federal officials announced Thursday.

Citi Field, which is rising next door to Shea Stadium in Flushing and will open in 2009, is being built with recycled steel, and cement made with coal combustion products, which reduces carbon emissions. The ballpark will use energy-efficient lights and feature bathrooms with water conservation measures such as automatic hands-free faucets and automatic flush toilets and waterless urinals. Also, The team's new administration building will have a "green" roof.

Jeff Wilpon, the team's chief operating officer, said although some of the measures may cost more up front, they will save money over the long haul. "It was important to us to do this in an environmentally-friendly way," Wilpon said of the new ballpark.