Greening the 2016 RBC Canadian Open

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Oakville, Quebec RBC CANADIAN OPEN CANADA PRO AM DAY 7th hole Photo By Bernard Brault, Golf Canada, July 18th, 2016

TORONTO – This year’s RBC Canadian Open is once again set to be the most sustainable Canadian Open to date. Each year we aim to push the environmental programming to be better and better. This year we have built off of a successful pilot program, and increased the number of Zero Waste Sorting zones.

“RBC is excited to again work with Golf Canada and our partners to host one of the most sustainable golf tournaments on the PGA tour and continue to improve our environmental programing year over year.” says Andrew Craig, Director Corporate Environmental Affairs, RBC.

“We are excited to support these new initiatives to ensure the environmental impacts of the RBC Canadian Open continue to decrease,” said Brent McLaughlin, tournament director for the RBC Canadian Open. “Glen Abbey is a great location to reinforce these initiatives, and the golf course itself has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 2004.”

Here are the 2016 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.