The 2013 RBC Canadian Open will be a carbon neutral event
Water stations, priority bicycle parking and Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
Certification are some of the other highlights of this year's environmental
OAKVILLE, ON, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - (Golf Canada) - Golf Canada and RBC
announced today that in conjunction with several event suppliers, a series of
environmentally-progressive best practices are being implemented at the 2013
RBC Canadian Open, being held at Glen Abbey Golf Club, July 22 to 28, 2013, in
"We are committed to making the 2013 RBC Canadian Open the greenest Open
ever," said Bill Paul, Tournament Director for the RBC Canadian Open. "We have
a goal to divert more than 70 per cent of waste from landfill and provide
patrons with sustainable transportation options such as free bicycle parking
just outside the main entrance. Glen Abbey is also a great complement to our
environmental programming as the golf course has been certified as an Audubon
Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International since 2004."
Traditionally, the only thing 'green' about the typical golf course has been
its colour, however, a growing number of North American golf courses and
organizations are embracing more environmentally responsible and sustainable
approaches to golf course design, construction and maintenance.
"As part of our commitment to golf and our longstanding focus on environmental
sustainability, we're proud to announce that the 2013 RBC Canadian Open will
be a carbon neutral event," explained Sandra Odendahl, Director, Corporate
Sustainability, RBC. "During the past few years we have worked closely with
Golf Canada and our other event partners to apply progressive best practices
to reduce the environmental impacts of the RBC Canadian Open."
A CARBON-NEUTRAL EVENT
Here are some of the key initiatives relating to GHG emissions being
implemented at the 2013 RBC Canadian Open:
-- The event will use 100 per cent clean, renewable electricity
from Bullfrog Power certified by Environment Canada under its
EcoLogo(M) program and green natural gas which meets
environmental standards as defined by ICF International.
-- GHG emissions associated with the use of diesel generators and
event vehicles (i.e. shuttle buses and courtesy vehicles
provided by BMW Group
will be neutralized through the purchase and retirement of high
quality carbon offsets. The carbon offsets will be acquired
carbon emissions trading group in RBC Capital Markets.
The goal is to divert more than 70 per cent of waste from landfill, exceeding
the diversion rate from last year's RBC Canadian Open through the following
-- Halton Region and
Miller Waste Systems
has assisted Golf Canada in designing a comprehensive waste
management program aimed at reducing the amount of waste being
sent to landfill, through recycling and organics diversion.
Halton Region is providing Golf Canada with the tools to help
patrons, players and food vendors put waste in the right place.
-- For the third consecutive year,
Event Water Solutions
is providing free filtered water at five water stations located
across the grounds. Last year, more than 53,000 bottles were
filled at the water stations, significantly reducing the need
for disposable water bottles. Collapsible water bottles will be
available for purchase at the tournament with proceeds
benefiting the official charity partner,
Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada.
-- Concession service provider
reducing waste by using compostable or recyclable food
packaging. Many of the catering areas will be using dishware
and stainless cutlery to reduce the need for disposable items.
They will also ensure that styrofoam is not used to serve food
or beverages, and condiments will be served in bulk where
-- Unused food will be donated to local food banks. Food items not
suitable for donation will be separated for composting.
Burloak Canoe Club
is kicking-in with a team of volunteers to ensure all waste is
properly sorted before disposal in bins and that the golf
course remains litter free.
-- The traditionally printed souvenir program which gets
distributed onsite will be replaced with a digital tournament
web app that spectators can enjoy on their smartphones. The
link to the RBC Canadian Open digital web app is
The 2013 RBC Canadian Open has also taken steps to reduce the environmental
impacts of transportation and providing sustainable transportation options
through the following initiatives:
-- The Town of Oakville and
GranFondo Canada will
be offering free bicycle parking for ticket holders and
tournament volunteers just outside the Spectator Entrance.
-- Courtesy vehicles and shuttles provided by BMW Group, the
ActiveHybrid 5 Series' and X5 Diesels models, are strong
representations of BMW Group's commitment to sustainability and
include the latest fuel-saving technologies such as Auto
Start/Stop, ECO PRO mode and Brake Regeneration.
-- The Town of Oakville, Region of Halton and Halton Regional
Police worked with Golf Canada to assess many opportunities to
improve traffic flow and travel to and from the event to
minimize congestion and impact on local air quality through
reduced idling of cars.
SUSTAINABLE GOLF COURSE OPERATIONS
Since 2004, Glen Abbey has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
by Audubon International. Only four per cent of Canadian golf courses have
this prestigious environmental designation. To earn this designation, golf
courses are subjected to an audit and certification program covering six
categories: Environmental Planning, Chemical Use Reduction & Safety, Water
Conservation, Water Quality Management, Wildlife & Habitat Management, and
Outreach & Education.
ABOUT THE 2013 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.6 million (US)
at the RBC Canadian Open, July 22-28, 2013 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in
Oakville, Ont. Conducted by Golf Canada for more than a century, the RBC
Canadian Open provides an opportunity for Canada's top talents to compete
against the world's best golfers while also leaving a significant impact in
the event's host community. The RBC Canadian Open is proud to support Ronald
McDonald House Charities Canada as the event's official charity partner.
Established in 1904, Canada's national open golf championship is the
third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide next to the British
Open and the U.S. Open. The
RBC Canadian Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, Shaw Business, BMW Group
Canada, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf,
The Glenlivet, PepsiCo, The Globe and Mail, Jacob's Creek, Keystone Dental,
Jack Link's Beef Jerky and 5-hour Energy. For tickets or tournament
information, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.
RBC proudly supports golf around the world through high profile relationships
with the PGA TOUR and Golf Canada. RBC is the Official Banking and Financial
Services partner of touring professionals Luke Donald, Brandt Snedeker, Graeme
McDowell, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Mike Weir, Stephen
Ames, and Morgan Pressel. As the title sponsor of both the RBC Heritage and
the RBC Canadian Open, RBC also supports emerging Canadian golfers through
Golf Canada's grassroots developmental programming, their Canadian Amateur
Golf Championships and high performance national team. RBC is one of North
America's leading diversified financial services companies and among the
largest banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization.
GOLF CANADA - LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada is the National Sports Organization and governing body for golf in
Canada representing more than 340,000 golfers at nearly 1,500 member clubs
across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf
Canada's mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport
while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the
growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game,
our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts
from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to
support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.
Dan Pino Director, Corporate Communications Golf Canada (800) 263-0009 x406
(416) 434-5525 firstname.lastname@example.org
André Roberts Senior Director, Brand & Corporate Citizenship Communications
RBC (t) 416.974.3678 (e)email@example.com
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