Sustainability at the RBC Heritage
Over the last few years we have been working hard to make sure the RBC Heritage is one of the most sustainable tournaments on the PGA TOUR. We are seeking to lighten the overall environmental footprint of the event, while taking steps to foster nature, conserve resources and engage and support the local community.
Here are a few of our commitments and achievements - and some of the ways you can get involved and help us in KEEPING IT GREEN!
2017 event announced as GEO Certified® Tournament
Last year we set out to become one of the first PGA Tour events to attain the GEO Certified® Tournament award. Presented by the GEO Foundation, an international not for profit dedicated to advancing sustainability in and through golf, the certification is awarded to tournaments that meet a published set of criteria, and commit to continual improvement year on year.
We embedded a lot of best practices into our decision making and operations; began tracking key data and highlights; reached out to work with new partners; and generally stepped up our efforts.
We are delighted to say that following a very positive on-site verification visit and report from the Council for Responsible Sport, we achieved the accolade.
Our great thanks to our sustainability partners – The Sea Pines Resort, Experience Green and Palmetto Energy.
And we’re currently in the process of making sure the certification continues!!
- Reduction of 11.71 tons of waste
- 23.86 tons of waste was recycled- up by 1.14 tons from the previous year.
- More than 100 recycling receptacles were available to help reduce the amount of waste being sent to local landfills.
- Concessions were served in compostable or recyclable food packaging (no Styrofoam), with condiments served in bulk, where possible.
- Unused food was donated to Second Helpings, a local organization that collects and distributes food to agencies serving the disadvantaged.
- All cardboard from the Tournament and Clubhouse was baled and recycled.
- All landscape debris was mulched and reused inside Sea Pines.
- Green Power Fossil Fuel reduction program saved enough to power 13 South Carolina homes for a whole year!
- By working with Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper, the 2019 RBC Heritage tournament was powered by 100% renewable energy-sourced mains electricity.
- The purchase of high-quality offsets helped neutralize the Greenhouse Gas Emissions associated with the use of diesel generators, event vehicles and Clubhouse operations – totaling 227m tons in the 2019 event.
- More than 14,000 patrons used the park-and-ride shuttle service
- It is estimated that 5145 bikes are used to access the tournament each year.
- Harbour Town Golf Links is accessible by bicycle, with bicycle parking located within walking distance of the Harbour Town Clubhouse and the perimeter of the golf course.
Environmentally responsible golf course operations
- Harbour Town Golf Links, along with the two other courses in The Sea Pines Resort, received the GEO Certified® distinction in 2015. Only ten golf facilities in the U.S. have been awarded this honor for measurably advancing comprehensive sustainability.
- Since 2006, Harbour Town Golf Links has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Less than 5 percent of U.S. golf courses have this prestigious environmental designation.
How to be a green patron
- Think before you toss—Use designated bins to separate your recyclables from trash that will go to the landfill.
- Travel the better way—Carpool, bike or walk to the event to reduce vehicle emissions.
- Watch your step—Harbour Town Golf Links is GEO Certified® and has been designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Many of the vegetative features surrounding wetlands and lagoons are important wildlife habitats and buffers to protect water quality.