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Waste Management Phoenix Open Receives Highest International Award for Sustainability in Golf

By Waste Management Media Room

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2018 Tournament Retains “GEO Certified®” Accolade

The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open recently received the highest international award for sustainability in golf for its efforts to balance environmental impacts, conserve natural resources and benefit the local community as Scotland-based GEO Foundation (GEO) again named the event as a “GEO Certified® Tournament.”

To become “GEO Certified®” the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the largest attended tournament on the PGA TOUR, completed a custom-built program for golf tournaments, that was both streamlined and robust, including: document and evidence submission, a third-party verification carried out by the Council for Responsible Sport (the official verification body for GEO Certified Tournaments in North America), a thorough review by GEO, and agreement to a range of Continual Improvement Points.

In conjunction with the GEO announcement, Waste Management published the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Sustainability Report with detailed metrics and program explanations.

Sustainability highlights from the 2018 tournament include:

  • 100 percent landfill diversion through recycling, composting, donation, reuse and waste-to-energy.
  • 75 million gallons of water restored to the Verde River through the Waste Management Phoenix Open Water Campaign with Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Change the Course.
  • Approximately 6,353 gallons of grey water captured for reuse from kitchens across the course and hospitality bars on the 16th
  • To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, purchased 100 percent renewable electricity from Arizona Public Service, used the sun to solar-power smart energy compactors and some light fixtures around the course, fueled generators and some shuttle buses with biodiesel. In addition, most of Waste Management’s trucks used to haul materials from the tournament were fueled by compressed natural gas.
  • Offset 100 percent of the tournament’s carbon footprint, making the Waste Management Phoenix Open a carbon neutral event. The offset greenhouse gas emissions came from tournament operations, professional and amateur player travel, vendor travel and volunteer travel.
  • Zero Waste Stations constructed from repurposed containers engaged attendees, educating and encouraging involvement in sustainability.
  • A TPC Scottsdale Environmental Management Plan and commitment to become a GEO Certified® golf facility.
  • Protection of ecologically sensitive areas and minimized impact of temporary structures and heavy machinery through a TPC Scottsdale Site Protection Plan.
  • $12.2 million raised and awarded to local charities through The Thunderbirds and $100,000 donated to environmental organizations from Green Out Day.
  • Local youth engagement and free admission for local police, firefighters, active and retired military personnel.

Read the full article here.

70 Fuel Service Stations in Fiji Reduce 3.5 Million Plastics Bags in 12 months

Catch up with one of our 2018 Environmental Innovator of the Year Award Winners!

Seventy fuel service stations have reduced three and a half million single use plastic bags from its convenience stores in the first twelve months since Fiji introduced its ten cents plastic bag levy on 1 August 2017.

The Fiji Fuel Retailers Association (FFRA) announced this remarkable achievement crediting its members for this success.

In supporting the Fijian Government’s announcement of the ten cents plastic bag levy in its 2017 – 2018 national budget, FFRA initially made a public pledge to reduce one million plastic bags in twelve months through its fuel service station convenience stores.

Fiji Fuel Retailers Association secretary Pavan Haer says that since the introduction of the ten cents plastic bag levy, fuel service station owners trained their convenience store employees to inspire over one hundred and seventy thousand licensed vehicle drivers and walk-in customers to hand carry purchases or bring a reusable bag; In-store posters, counter signage and ten thousand vehicle stickers were also introduced to further encourage this behavior change.

The levy is payable by a customer when provided a plastic bag from retailers that use a Point of Sale payment system and is reflected on receipts. Retailers are required by law to transmit the levy each month to the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service that are responsible for transferring this sum to the Fijian Government’s Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy Fund.

Mr. Haer reiterated that the decrease of three and a half million single use plastic bags demonstrated commitment by its members to support national efforts that protect Fiji’s natural environment. It also provides a benchmark for how collective action across industries is needed to ensure the country reduces its single use plastic bag consumption to a negligible level.

In the first twelve months, FFRA members have transferred approximately eighty five thousand dollars to the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service for applying the single use plastic bag levy at fuel service station convenience stores.

“Selected fuel service station sites are now actively exploring the complete phase out of single use plastic bags by introducing reusable bags. These lessons and increasing green consumer expectations will be shared with our members to consider adopting at the next annual general meeting”, he concluded.

For more information, please contact Dwain Qalovaki on 679 9061899 or dqalovaki@gmail.com

Fighting Climate Change Should Make Americans Come Together to Find Solutions

By Brent Suter, Fast Company

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brent Suter knows sports can unite us – climate change should do the same thing.

[Photo: Austin Chan/Unsplash]

[Photo: Austin Chan/Unsplash]

Baseball is America’s pastime. It’s part of our identity and our culture. Americans love the sport, and the national camaraderie the comes with it, while rooting for their favorite team. That’s why I was proud to pitch for the 2018 National League Central Division Champion Milwaukee Brewers this year. I saw how my city of Milwaukee came together to cheer us on towards our goal of the World Series. And while we lost our bid for the series, there’s a bigger test ahead for us. It requires that we come together, just like we do with sports, to address the very real threats from climate change.
These threats are impacting every community, including mine. In playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, I represent a city with a strong heritage in the beer industry. But get this, climate change is now going to impact beer as well. Recently, a new study noted that drought, heatwaves, and extreme weather associated with climate change will drastically reduce crop yields of barley, a key ingredient in beer. This is going to double the price of beer for consumers and have a huge impact on my city’s beer industry. But this isn’t the only climate change impact that Milwaukee and Wisconsin are facing.
Flooding is on the rise throughout our entire state due to torrential rains, threatening our neighborhoods and infrastructure.These threats are becoming more frequent and formidable for all of America, not just Milwaukee. Earlier this month, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that we’ve got only 12 years to avert total climate catastrophe. And each week, it seems, new scientific and economic reports highlight the growing threats to industries and regions from climate change. Amidst these dire reports, communities around the country continue to bear the brunt of climate change in the form of hurricanes, storm surges, wild fires, and flooding.
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