Astros launch Play Green campaign

HOUSTON Brad Ausmus, Mark Loretta, Drayton McLane, Ed Wade, and Pam Gardner will join Astros volunteers as they participate in a city block cleanup and a tree-planting event for the launch of the Astros Play Green campaign at the Union Station Trail, 815 Live Oak St. in Houston, starting at 11am Saturday.

Members of the Houston Astros staff will join catcher Brad Ausmus, infielder Mark Loretta, owner Drayton McLane, general manager Ed Wade, and team president Pam Gardner in the 2008 Astros Play Green campaign, as they plant trees and clean up a city block.

The tree planting and city block cleanup is the first step in the campaign. Other aspects of the campaign include the expansion of the ballpark recycling program, conversion of select grounds crew equipment to biodiesel fuel, composting of field grass clippings to use as fertilizer, and partnering with local Earth-friendly organizations to raise awareness on environmental issues.

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