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04/21/09 9:05 PM ET

Pirates to observe Earth Day

Organization has several events planned at PNC Park

PITTSBURGH -- As the country observes Earth Day on Wednesday, the Pirates have a number of conservation and environmental events planned at PNC Park as part of the organization's "Let's Go Bucs. Let's Go Green." campaign.

Hess Corporation has partnered with the Pirates to ensure that Wednesday will be an energy-free day at PNC Park. All the energy used at the ballpark will be renewable, and for every dollar spent on energy, a dollar will be donated to national energy-resource development.

The Pirates will also use Earth Day to highlight some of their environmentally friendly season initiatives. The organization began incorporating composting at its ballpark this season, making it one of four Major League teams to do so. The Pirates expect the program to collect approximately three tons of organic material.

The Pirates have also pledged to plant a tree in a local park for every home run hit by a Bucs player at PNC Park this year. This partnership with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will be recognized in a pregame ceremony on Wednesday.

Beginning three hours before the 12:35 p.m. ET game, more than 30 volunteers from the Pirates and local environmental groups will pick up litter on Pittsburgh's North Shore.

The organization is also encouraging fans to ride their bicycles to Wednesday's game, and it will offer $5 off any ticket priced $12 or more for those who do. Fans who arrive on bikes can purchase their discounted tickets on Federal Street, and bike racks will be placed around the park for the game.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.