The GSB Interview: Mark Teixeira of the NY Yankees; Helping to Rebuild and Green NW Atlanta

Published by Green Sports Blog in February of 2016

(Excerpt) GSB: Being a New Yorker, I’ve always thought that the Yankees, who play in a glittering palace in one of the poorest Congressional Districts in the US, with the highest asthma rate, have a particular responsibility to help kids in the Bronx and northern Manhattan (Harlem, Washington Heights) to eat healthier food, get to play in good conditions. It’s terrific that you’re helping to make that happen with Harlem RBI. Let’s turn to the Emerald Corridor Foundation. What is it and how did you get involved?

MT: Well, I went to Georgia Tech in Atlanta—so did my wife—and then played with the Braves. So I knew Atlanta really well and loved the area. I had gotten involved in a few small environmental greening projects before that. But in ’08 I was approached by some investors in Atlanta who had a BIG idea: To restore a huge swath of Northwest Atlanta…

GSB:…The Emerald Corridor?

MT: Exactly. It basically makes up a big part of Northwest Atlanta and is impoverished, with all of the signs of urban blight…High crime, high unemployment, low hope. But, it happens that this area sits on what once was spectacular green space, with stunning natural beauty—streams, woodlands. So my investors and I decided to, as we call it, “Lead with Green”—to make this a beautiful, natural and healthy place that people want to visit and live in instead of one that people want to avoid.

GSB: That sounds like a Herculean challenge…

MT: In one sense, you’re right—this size of urban redevelopment combined with restoration of natural habits has never been done before. On the other hand, we have a fantastic canvas—the Emerald Corridor will link 400 acres of reclaimed land, parks and green space to revitalized communities…

Read the full interview here.