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Keeping it Green at the 2012 RBC Canadian Open

Water stations, green energy, priority bicycle parking and Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certification - just a few of the environmental highlights at this year’s tournament

RBC, Golf Canada (opens external website in new window) and several event suppliers have implemented a number of environmental initiatives at the 2012 RBC Canadian Open (opens external website in new window), being held at Hamilton Golf and Country Club from July 23 to 29. Committed to environmental sustainability, numerous environmentally-progressive best practices are being employed at this year's tournament, including:

  • The event will be bullfrogpowered with 100 per cent clean, renewable electricity certified by Environment Canada under its EcoLogoM program and green natural gas which meets environmental standards as defined by ICF International. For more details please visit: RBC bullfrogpowers the 2012 RBC Canadian Open (opens external website in new window).

  • Greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of diesel generators at the event will be neutralized through the purchase and retirement of high quality carbon offsets. The carbon offsets will be acquired through RBC’s in-house carbon emissions trading group in RBC Capital Markets (opens external website in new window).

  • For the second consecutive year, Event Water Solutions (opens external website in new window) is providing free filtered water at five water stations located across the grounds. Last year, more than 22,000 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 local charity partner, Community Child Abuse Council (opens external website in new window).

  • The City of Hamilton (opens external website in new window) has assisted Golf Canada in its design of a comprehensive waste program aimed at reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill, through dual-stream recycling and organics diversion. All recyclables and organics collected will be responsibly processed at the City’s state-of-the-art material recycling and centralized composting facilities. The City will be providing Golf Canada with the tools to help patrons, players and food vendors put waste in the right place. The goal is to divert more than 70 per cent of waste from landfill, exceeding the diversion rate reported at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open (opens external website in new window).

  • Concession service provider Spectrum (opens external website in new window) is taking steps to reduce waste by using biodegradable and recyclable serving vessels and utensils. Many of the catering areas will be using dishware and stainless cutlery to reduce the need for disposable items. They will also ensure that no styrofoam is used to serve food or beverages, and condiments will be served in bulk where possible.

  • Unused food will be donated to food banks serving the disadvantaged in the Hamilton area. Food items not suitable for donation will be separated for composting.

  • The Burloak Canoe Club (opens external website in new window) 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.

  • Plenty of bicycle racks will be available just outside of the main gate in a secured area - the most convenient parking at the event.

Since 2004, Hamilton Golf and Country Club has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary (opens external website in new window) 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.

RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2011-2012 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the DJSI North American Index. RBC has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers, one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada. RBC is also included on the 2012 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list, the Jantzi Social Index, the FTSE4Good Index, and the Canadian Carbon Disclosure Project Leadership Index.