RBC, the Heritage Classic Foundation and The Sea Pines Resort, in conjunction with several event suppliers, have taken steps to reduce the environmental impacts the 2015 RBC Heritage, at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Committed to environmental sustainability, RBC and its partners have implemented a number of environmental programs at this year's tournament.

A carbon-neutral event

It is a challenge to eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with large events such as the RBC Heritage, but we have taken responsibility for GHG emissions where possible through the following initiatives:

  • GHG emissions associated with the use of diesel generators and event vehicles (i.e. shuttle buses and courtesy vehicles) will be neutralized through the purchase and retirement of high quality carbon offsets. The carbon offsets will be acquired through RBC’s carbon emissions trading group in RBC Capital Markets.
  • Palmetto Electric Cooperative will be purchasing approximately 150 megawatt hours of Green-e certified Green Power, enough to match the amount of electricity used during tournament week by the Harbour Town Clubhouse, hospitality areas, on-course scoreboards, sky boxes and broadcasting towers. The Green Power is generated by Santee Cooper from the combustion of landfill gas and is considered carbon neutral.
  • Free bicycle parking will be available for ticket holders and tournament volunteers to further reduce the need and environmental impacts of vehicle transportation.

Reducing waste

Our goal for waste management is to reduce waste and implement recycling programs to divert as much from landfill as possible, which will be achieved through the following initiatives:

  • Coca Cola along with tournament organizers will implement a recycling program and deploy over 100 recycling receptacles across the course.
  • Concession service providers are taking steps to reduce waste by offering recyclable packaging and ensuring that no styrofoam is used to serve food or beverages. They are also offering condiments in bulk dispensers to reduce waste associated with small single-use packets.
  • Bluffton High School volunteers will work behind the scenes to help ensure all waste is properly sorted before final disposal and the golf course remains litter free.
  • Each day, unused food will be donated to Second Helpings, a local organization that collects and distributes food to agencies serving the disadvantaged in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Leaders in Environmental Responsible Golf Course Operations

Since 2006, Harbour Town Golf Links has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. Only five percent of U.S. golf courses have this environmental designation. To earn this designation, golf courses are subjected to an audit and certification program covering six categories: Environmental Planning, Chemical Use Reduction & Safety, Water Conservation, Water Quality Management, Wildlife & Habitat Management, and Outreach & Education.


Future Dates

  • RBC Heritage - April 11-17, 2016
  • RBC Canadian Open - July 18-24, 2016

How to be a Green Patron

Here are a few tips on how golf fans and patrons can help make the RBC Heritage an environmentally responsible event:

  • Think before you toss – do not mix recyclables with regular garbage by using 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.

Memory Matters

A charity beneficiary of the RBC Heritage, is the 2013 PGA TOUR Charity of the Year.