US Open switches to aluminium cans and cups

The US Open Championship hopes to eliminate 500,000 single use plastics by switching to aluminium cans and take home collectable aluminium cups.

The golf major, which will be held between June 16 and 19 in Brookline, Massachusetts, announced a number of measures to become a greener tournament.

This will mean fewer diesel powered generators, more solar power, all digital ticketing and a switch to more sustainable beverage cans and cups.

“This is one of the many ways we’re acting on our commitment to advance the game and leave the planet better than we found it, so the next generation can enjoy playing outdoors as much as we do,” Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA, said in a statement released Monday. 

“The US Open is a great week to spotlight what we do to sustain the game today, to show how collaboration can lead to greater action long into the future, and to illustrate that every step forward leaves an incredible impact.”

The US Golf Association (USGA) calls it the “most sustainable US Open Championship on-site experience to date.”

The USGA additionally said it will invest in community renewable energy projects and purchase Renewable Energy Credits to reduce the US Open’s footprint.

“We are proud to partner as one of the five founding members of the United States Golf Association and as a neighbor within the Town of Brookline, to implement and promote joint sustainability initiatives that will produce the greenest US Open to date,” said Lyman Bullard, president of The Country Club.

“Sustainability is a core principle and a top priority for our whole community,” said Heather Hamilton, chair of the Brookline Select Board. “We are grateful to the USGA for its deep commitment to ensuring that the U.S. Open not only takes meaningful steps throughout the championship to promote sustainability but leaves behind a lasting positive impact.”

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