2013 RBC Canadian Open will be greenest Open ever

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 
Oakville, Ontario. 
"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." 
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
        Attridge Transportation)
        will be neutralized through the purchase and retirement of high
        quality carbon offsets. The carbon offsets will be acquired
        through RBC's
        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
        Spectrum is
        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.
    --  The
        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.

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.

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 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.

Media Contacts: 
Dan Pino Director, Corporate Communications Golf Canada (800) 263-0009 x406 
(416) 434-5525 dpino@golfcanada.ca 
André Roberts Senior Director, Brand & Corporate Citizenship Communications 
RBC (t) 416.974.3678 (e)andre.roberts@rbc.com 
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