Keeping it Green

Greening the RBC Heritage

The RBC Heritage celebrates both the athletic skill of the golfers and the natural beauty of Hilton Head Island. To help preserve that natural beauty, The Heritage Classic Foundation has partnered with the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) and The Sea Pines Resort to work toward attaining a sustainability certification for the RBC Heritage to become a GEO Certified® Tournament. The GEO’s 2016 Sustainability Review of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing noted the significant steps that have been taken by the Heritage Classic Foundation, Sea Pines Resort (a GEO Certified facility) and our suppliers to ensure environmental sustainability. Click here to download a PDF of the Sustainability Review.

“The 2016 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is a showcase example of a major sporting event partnering with a renowned golf facility to demonstrate sustainability in and through golf.” 

Golf Environment Organization, 2016 Sustainability Review, RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing

Reducing waste in 2016

  • 18.8 tons of waste was recycled, the carbon equivalent of permanently removing one car from the road.
  • 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, avoiding 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.
  • Landscape debris was turned into mulch and used in the community.

This is a carbon-neutral event

  • By working with Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper, the 2016 RBC Heritage tournament was powered by 100% renewable energy-sourced electricity, saving 23 tons of CO2 emissions, reducing the total operational carbon footprint by 11%.
  • The solar and wind-power sources used save 23 tons of CO2e.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of diesel generators, event vehicles and Clubhouse operations are neutralized through the purchase and retirement of high-quality carbon offsets.

Sustainable transportation

  • 22,682 people used the park-and-ride shuttle service in 2016.

  • Roughly 4,000 people cycled 25,000 miles to and from the 2016 event, the carbon equivalent of powering one home for nearly an entire year.

  • Harbour Town Golf Links is accessible by bicycle and racks are located within walking distance of the Harbour Town Clubhouse and around the perimeter of the golf course.

Environmentally responsible golf course operations

  • 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.

  • Harbour Town Golf Links, along with its two other courses, achieved GEO Certification in 2015.

How to be a green patron

Here are a few tips for golf fans and patrons to help make the RBC Heritage an environmentally responsible event:

  • Think before you toss—do not mix recyclables with regular garbage; use properly designated bins.

  • Travel the better way—carpool, bike or walk to the event to help reduce harmful vehicle emissions.

  • Watch your step—Harbour Town Golf Links has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and many of the vegetative features surrounding wetlands and lagoons are important wildlife habitats and buffers to protect water quality.

Read the full 2016 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing Sustainability Review, produced by the Golf Environment Organization by clicking the download button below.