Clean and green on the golfing scene.

Scottsdale hosts what many consider the greenest golfing event on the calendar.  I love golf.  I love green.  My favourite football team (soccer to many) play in green.  I love Christmas trees.  I love when people think green.  I’m even partial to the odd Grinch or two.  I love the smell of green while searching for a bothy.

When a major sporting event hosts over 600,000 people then it is easy to imagine the amount of waste generated by the fans, vendors and general requirements to host such a spectacle.  Well, the WMPO is such an event that has considered the impact on the environment and here we take a brief look at their achievements.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open

In the last 3 years the WMPO avoided sending any waste to a landfill.  Bold statement and absolutely astounding.  Waste management at its best.

Not a single container or cup. A can or signpost marker.

Broken down: 45% of waste was composted.  About 40% recycled.  There will even be small percentage recovered to energy from waste.

Check this out ! – the 18th hole features a rotating Waste Management logo containing about 150,000 used golf balls and then the balls are donated to a youth golf non-profit.

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Each year these water features are re-used and I’m excited to learn what 2018 has in store and look to see whats new and also spot the re-used features too.

15th hole had a floating logo made with 750,000 recycled golf tees – will this one be back?

How do they do it?

The whole event is dotted with 4000 recycling or compost containers.  There is no place for landfill waste.  Even the energy used is provided by renewable energy sources with an array of solar units to power hospitality tents and solar light towers throughout the course.

Even the vehicles are considered with every effort to make them operate on alternative energy, biodiesel or compressed natural gas.  Every effort to reduce waste, focus on a sustainable source and think green.

Green on the green

Dubbed the “The Greatest Show on Grass” it is equally “The Greenest Show on Turf” perhaps even “The Greatest Greenest Show on Grass or Turf on Earth”

Almost catchy.  But highlighting the background efforts to be green is an important point to be shared. Showcasing to the massive audience around the world, the care and attention to detail to make an event sustainable, green and safe is not only commendable but imperative.

I might just love golf more than before.