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Free Cold, Filtered Water - One of The Many Environmental Initiatives Planned for The 2011 RBC Canadian Open

RBC, in conjunction with Golf Canada and several event suppliers have implemented a number of environmental initiatives at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open, being held at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. Committed to environmental sustainability, RBC and its partners have focused on three key areas - concessions, waste management, and transportation - to apply environmentally-progressive best practices at this year's tournament. Some of the initiatives include:

  • Event Water Solutions is providing free filtered water at four water stations located across the grounds. Sponsored by the RBC Blue Water Project, patrons can refill their reusable water containers and help reduce the number of disposable water bottles and plastic waste generated from the empty bottles.
  • Concession service provider, Compass Group Canada, is taking steps to reduce waste sent to landfill by offering recyclable and biodegradable packaging and ensuring that no styrofoam is used to serve food or beverages.
  • Rotary Club of Stevenson will have a team of volunteers behind the scenes to ensure all waste is properly sorted before final disposal and the golf course remains litter free.
  • Waste Management has designed a comprehensive waste program aimed at reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill, through single stream recycling and organics collection.
  • In addition, Waste Management will use their fleet of compressed natural gas trucks for waste, recyclables and organics hauling. These trucks emit virtually no particulate matter and produce 23 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional diesel trucks.
  • Big Belly Solar powered waste compacting units, provided by Waste Management, are being deployed across the course to reduce the frequency of waste collections and lessen the environmental impacts associated with truck traffic related to waste removal efforts.
  • Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club is accessible by public transportation and bicycle racks will be available just outside of the main entrance.

RBC has long been committed to environmental sustainability. The RBC Environmental Blueprint details the bank's policy, priorities and objectives which include reducing its environmental footprint, lending responsibly, offering green products and services, and promoting environmental sustainability within and outside the company. RBC has been recognized as a leader by socially responsible investors and external rating agencies, including the Jantzi Social Index, the FTSE4Good Index and the Canadian Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.

For more information, please visit www.rbc.com/environment


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