2018 RBC Canadian Open: Greening the Open

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The 2018 RBC Canadian Open kicks off Thursday, July 26 and runs until Sunday. July 29. The tournament is Canada’s national championship and the 3rd oldest event on the PGA Tour after the US and British Opens. The tournament is being hosted by Glen Abbey Golf Course for the 4th year running and the 30th time overall. Tournament sponsor RBC Bank have made it their mission to run the tournament in an environmentally sustainable way. They call their effort “Greening the Open”. This is accomplished by using environmental best practices through hosting a carbon-neutral event, providing low-emission transportation, diverting waste from landfills and maintaining the course using environmentally responsible golf course operations. 


Carbon-Neutral Event

The RBC Canadian Open is a carbon neutral event. This starts first with a commitment to get as much oftheir electricity from green sources as possible. And for the non-green energy used, such as the diesel generators that help keep the course amenable to spectators, the tournament buys high quality carbon offsets to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions. 


Low-Emission Transportation

The tournament also minimizes energy consumption through using low-emission transportation options such as electric vehicles. The event is also accessible by public transportation and bicycle parking is available. 


Diverting Waste From Landfills

The tournament excels at diverting waste from landfills through a number of initiatives. One way is through extensive recycling, including two zero waste sorting stations managed by volunteers. These stations include sorting containers for recycling as well as bins to collect organic waste for composting. In addition, all food packaging used at the event will be compostable or recyclable. Filtered water will be available at free water stations to eliminate the need for plastic bottles, and any unused food will be donated to a local food bank.  


Environmentally Responsible Golf Course Operations

The tournament also remains sustainable through the practices of the Glen Abbey Golf Course. The course has been a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary golf course since 2004. Requirements for this certification include rigorous environmental planning, water conservation, wildlife and habitat management and the reduction of the use of chemicals in maintaining the course. 






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