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04/21/11 1:41 PM ET

Yankees partner with Keep America Beautiful

As part of upcoming Earth Day celebrations at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees have joined in a partnership with Keep America Beautiful, the nation's largest volunteer-based community improvement organization which focuses on environmental issues.

Earth Day, observed globally on April 22 to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment, will be commemorated at Yankee Stadium on April 28, when the Yankees will be hosting the Chicago White Sox. The first 18,000 fans will receive a package of flower seeds to inspire their participation in the environmental improvement of their communities.

This latest partnership continues the Yankees' ongoing effort to incorporate eco-friendly initiatives in and around Yankee Stadium.

During the 2010 season, for example, waste management through composting and the recycling of cardboard, glass, metal, plastics and paper helped divert more than 35 percent of Yankee Stadium's trash away from landfills. Also, nearly 9,000 gallons of cooking oil used in the Stadium last year were converted into roughly 7,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel.

"Keep America Beautiful commends the New York Yankees for their implementation of sustainability measures ranging from using renewable energy to reducing waste at the Stadium," Keep America Beautiful president and CEO Matthew M. McKenna said in a statement. "Most importantly, they are raising awareness to millions of baseball fans about how their own daily choices and actions can have a significant impact on our environment."

"It is vitally important that we help promote sustainability and reduce our impact on the environment," said Yankees senior director of stadium operations Doug Behar. "We have implemented many green initiatives at Yankee Stadium and continue to look for new and better ways to conserve natural resources, educate our guests and Yankees Team Members and support and partner with programs that promote sustainability."

Tom Singer is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow @Tom_Singer on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.