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
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."
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 EcoLogoM 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 and 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 initiatives:
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 possible.
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
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 rbccanadianopen.com/m.
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
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.
For further information:
Director, Corporate Communications
(800) 263-0009 x406
Senior Director, Brand & Corporate Citizenship