Balancing Sustainability With Sentiment, Historical Value

OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Preparing Fenway Park For Game Day Pt. 2: Behind-The-Scenes Sustainability Efforts At Fenway ParkPt. 3: This PagePt. 4: Maintaining The Sanitary Sewer System At Fenway ParkPt. 5: Facility Management Surprises at Fenway Park

What are the challenges of balancing sustainability in a structure like Fenway Park with such sentimental, historical value to its city? Is there any pushback to changes made to be more sustainable?

We're always looking to have the best intentions in mind when it comes to the environment, the aesthetics, and the financial element. You have to balance the three. We certainly look to our architects and engineers to help us make the right decisions for us.

There are certainly a lot of challenges in this facility. The facility was built in 1912 and although it underwent renovations in 1934 and over the last 10 years, the base of the building has essentially stayed the same. It's a space challenge. There's not a lot of room. There's not a lot of room on the roof or our concourses. It is a challenge but it all goes back to our commitment to the environment, finances as well as aesthetics. It's balancing all three. We look for ways to be creative in the park and that goes for all of our operations.

Answers provided by Jon Lister, director of facilities management, Boston Red Sox. Lister has been with the Red Sox since November 2012. He was previously assistant director of facilities at Harvard University Athletics. 

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