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Waste Management announced that it will set out to achieve Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for its efforts at the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO). In collaboration with the Council for Responsible Sport, which formally recognizes the successful completion of a socially and environmentally responsible sporting event, Waste Management will work to develop and evolve innovative programs to dramatically increase environmental and social responsibility at the tournament.
“This achievement marks the first certification for a golf tournament and Waste Management hopes to set the standard by which all tournaments are measured,” said Dave Aardsma, chief sales and marketing officer for Waste Management.
To achieve Gold Certification, Waste Management will adhere to principles set forth in eight sustainability categories of version 4.0 of the Council’s certification standards: Site Selection, Purchasing, Resource Management, Transportation, Food, Accessibility, Community Legacy and other Innovations. Among the several initiatives that Waste Management will implement to achieve Gold Certification are:
In addition to these efforts, Waste Management will continue the Zero Waste Challenge for the second year at the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The initiative is aimed at controlling materials brought into the event and educating vendors and patrons about proper disposal of materials, so that eventually zero waste is sent to the landfill. In 2013, Waste Management’s goal is to divert 100 percent of tournament waste away from landfills and into recycling and composting facilities.
The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open achieved the highest diversion rate of any major sporting event and was the first-ever major sporting event not to use trash receptacles. In the program’s inaugural year, more than 97 percent of tournament waste was diverted from the landfill.
The Council’s vision is a world where responsibility produced sports events are the norm.
The Council’s mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work even organizers are doing, and to actively support event organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities.
The Council’s Certification program provides a comprehensive method for event directors to incorporate environmental and socially responsible initiatives into their events, while informing stakeholders about events that adhere to a rigorous set of standards. Certified events range in size from ParalympicsGB Training Camps held at the University of Bath in the UK, which some 150 athletes participating, to the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia, with 55,077 timed finishers.
The current version of the of the Council’s certification standards was developed by an outside working group of 18 sustainability experts and reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders. Certification is modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System, which certifies buildings and materials according to resource conservation and energy efficiency criteria.
For more information about the Council’s programs and news from the world of sustainable sport, visit www.CouncilForResponsibleSport.org.
Waste Management (WM) is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is one of the largest residential recyclers and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in North America. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.