Sunday, September 6, 2009

Carbon Neutral - Say What???!!!

Solar Power Installation provided by Evergreen Solor
(photo courtesy of Pat Eastman)

The Deutsche Bank Championship is committed to reducing it's carbon footprint and therefore environmental impact and was the first and remains the only carbon neutral event on the PGA Tour. "We continue to build on our substantial progress in our approach to protecting and preserving the environment," Championship Director Eric Baldwin said. "We are committed to being good stewards of the earth, and the Championship and all of our Partners and vendors encourage our fans to join us in this effort." What is carbon neutral? The Deutsche Bank has invested in a project that has reduced carbon emissions by an amount equal to what is calculated to be generated in the production of the Championship. This program was validated by environmental consulting expert First Climate, one of Europe's leading carbon asset management companies. Some examples of ways in which the Sustainability Program has been implemented here at the Championship are as follows...

Housed between the 9th green and 10th tee box is the solor power installation, provided by Marlboro, MA. based Evergreen Solor, and was designed and installed by Alteris Renewables. This typical photovoltaic (PV) system produces enough energy to power the typical American home. The energy that is generated by this system will be funneled back into the local power grid to help to offset some of the power used throughout the Championship

This year's event also has an on-site recycling program managed by Pritchard Event Services to collect and sort all redeemable cans and bottles with the proceeds to benefit local area food banks

Most of the produce used in the TPC Boston kitchen during the event comes from local farms and 100% of the herbs used are grown in TPC Boston's own herb garden! The meat and veggies come from the greater Boston area

Paper used in the Championship office is 100% recycled

The Championship has also partnered with Waste Management and Anheuser-Busch to recycle aluminum and plastic bottles

The Championship's new Sustainability Tent, located near Kid's Village features a replica of the Deutsche Bank Carbon Counter which was launched in June in New York City and displays the running total of long-lived gases in the earth's atmosphere. It's also the world's first scientifically valid real-time carbon counter (!

CAT power which supplies all the power generation on-site during the event has switched to ultra low sulfur diesel

Providing spectator transportation for the Championship is Boston Coach and uses motors that operate on B5 ultra low sulfur diesel. This bio-diesel fuel is made up of renewable resources and has no sulfur and reduced nitrogen and carbon footprints

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