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Schupan Recycling Is The LPGA Volvik Championship’s Official Sustainability Partner

By The Original Golf Blogger

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Michigan’s Schupan Recycling, the nation’s largest independent processor of used beverage containers, has once again partnered with the LPGA Volvik Championship to provide recycling and composting of waste materials.

The LPGA Volvik Championshipo will be played May 22 – 28 at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor.

“At the 2016 LPGA Volvik Championship, we achieved a 28 percent diversion rate through recycling and compost programs,” said Jessica Loding, Assistant Director of Events for Schupan Recycling. “That translates to 3.54 tons of recycled and composted material, equaling 7,080 pounds of material, diverted from the landfill.”

At the 2016 LPGA Volvik Championship, Schupan Recycling collected:

  • 1,556 lbs of plastic (primarily water bottles)
  • 192 lbs of aluminum cans
  • 3,960 lbs of cardboard
  • 119 lbs of scrap metal
  •  825 lbs of paper
  • 428 lbs of food waste

“We’re thrilled to work with the LPGA and the LPGA Volvik Championship again,” said Loding. “Last year proved the need to expand on-course compost collection while maintaining used beverage container and cardboard recycling.”

The LPGA Volvik Championship’s and Schupan’s sustainability efforts are being recognized. In June, Loding and Tournament Director Keith Karbo will travel to the Green Sports Alliance Annual Summit in Sacramento, California to represent the LPGA in a panel discussion and presentation about sustainability in golf.

“We are honored to be included in the Green Sports Alliance program this year,” said Karbo. “When we created the Volvik Championship, we wanted to create a new standard for best practices. We’re incredibly proud of what the tournament has accomplished and look forward to growing the sustainability program in the years to come.”

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Two Big Steps for Sustainability in Golf

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The Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Association (FEGGA) has developed a new strategy for sustainable golf course management and San Francisco’s Olympic Club has become the first club in North America to release a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

FEGGA’s 24 European national greenkeeping organisations will promote and endorse the association’s plan, which ’embraces golf’s potential to produce multiple benefits for nature and man’.

The plan outlines a three-dimensional sustainability strategy for the industry.

It focuses on achieving positive results in resource consumption, biodiversity, waste, pollution and extent of managed turf.

Other areas include research and education, and improving transparency and developing community outreach.

Olafur Thor Agustsson, Chairman of FEGGA, said: “This is the first time that the daily practitioners of golf’s grassroots movement agree on a strategy for such an important aspect of our industry’s future”.

FEGGA has released a document showing how progress will be monitored and how awareness of the strategy will be raised.

Steve Isaac, Director of Sustainability at R&A, said: “It is extremely encouraging to see the greenkeeping profession in Europe, through FEGGA, promoting sustainability for golf course management…The R&A has led this cause, but only the implementation of accepted best practice by the professionals who care for our golf courses, and transparent reporting through systems such as OnCourse, will convince everyone that the sport can bring economic, environmental and social benefits.”

In addition, the R&A will host two Sustainability in Golf seminars in Japan and Korea, exploring sustainable practice to encourage responsible and practical golf facility development, renovation and course management and a wide range of issues including the social and environmental opportunities and threats facing the development and management of golf facilities.

Elsewhere in the golf community, San Francisco’s Olympic Club has become the first club in North America to release a comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, detailing transparency in operations related to the environment, community, and economy as well as showing the aesthetics, performance, and playability of a top 100 course.

Read the full article here.

Waste Management Phoenix Open Named “Inspire” Event by Council for Responsible Sport

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The Council for Responsible Sport, an Oregon-based non-profit promoting sustainability in sports, has named the Waste Management Phoenix Open as an Inspire event following four-consecutive zero waste tournaments. Inspire event status is given after achieving multiple certifications to recognize the legacy that sporting events committed to sustainability and thoughtful resource management provide to their audiences and communities.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the first PGA TOUR tournament and the largest sporting event in the world to achieve Inspire status. Only two other events have achieved Inspire status, including the Eversource Hartford Marathon in Connecticut and Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Both events gained Inspire status in 2016.

“The Waste Management Phoenix Open has demonstrated true leadership in producing responsible sporting events and in the process, is inspiring other events to improve their social and environmental performance,” said Shelley Villalobos, Managing Director of the Council for Responsible Sport.

Inspire events provide important sustainability metrics and are expected to share their story with fellow event organizers. Inspire event organizers are also asked to mentor other Council-affiliated events on aspects of their responsible sport program. This year, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is providing mentorship to the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) to pilot a new sustainable golf tournament certification, GEO Certified, which builds on the Council for Responsible Sport’s framework. Through this project, the Waste Management Phoenix Open strives to support other golf tournaments in their pursuit of sustainable best practices and inspire other golf tournaments around the world to become GEO Certified. Inspire events have earned the right to be recognized industry-wide as leaders in responsible sport through their commitment to continuous improvement and transparency and are ready to share what they have learned as champions for a healthier world.

Read the full press release here.

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