2015 RBC Canadian Open set to be the greenest yet

TORONTO, Ont. — This year’s RBC Canadian Open is set to be the greenest yet. RBC, Golf Canada and other partners and suppliers have come together to ensure that environmental best practices are again being implemented. The tournament will take place from July 20 to 26, 2015 at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario.

“We are committed to reducing the environmental impacts of the RBC Canadian Open every year,” said Brent McLaughlin, tournament director for the RBC Canadian Open. “Glen Abbey is a great foundation for our environmental initiatives, we have a solid track record of environmental programming here and the golf course has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 2004.”

Earlier this year, the 2014 RBC Canadian Open was recognized for its environmental initiatives and named as a winner of the Sustainability Challenge. For 2015, there are new initiatives that will help to divert more waste from landfill. Two zero-waste sorting stations will be introduced, operated by trained volunteers and overseen by Halton Region’s waste experts. With the 2016 RBC Canadian Open also taking place at Glen Abbey, this year will be a baseline to help set targets for next year.

“RBC is excited to continue to work with Golf Canada and our partners to lead by example and improve our environmental impact year over year.” says Sandra Odendahl, director, Corporate Sustainability, RBC. “Winning this award further motivates all of us – tournament sponsors, organizers and partners – to ensure that this year’s event is even greener.”

Here are the 2015 RBC Canadian Open key environmental initiatives:

Hosting a carbon-neutral event
RBC and Golf Canada have taken responsibility for GHG emissions where possible through the following initiatives: 

Reducing waste sent to landfill
The event’s goal is to divert waste from landfill using the following initiatives: 

Sustainable transportation options
Steps have been taken to reduce the environmental impacts of transportation and provide sustainable transportation options such as:
Sustainable golf course operations
Since 2004, Glen Abbey has been certified as an Audubon International golf course by Audubon International. Only five 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.