Boeing Classic recognized for "Green behavior"

July 28, 2011
Jeff Szklinski, Champions Tour staff

The Boeing Classic, a Champions Tour event held annually at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge just outside of Seattle, Wash., was recently highlighted as the newest member of the Green Sports Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the environmental impact of professional sports and to inspire fans to join in these efforts.

The Boeing Classic is the first and only professional golf tournament to be recognized by the Alliance, which includes an unprecedented collaboration of nine different professional sports leagues. The founding Alliance members include teams from the NHL, WNBA, MLB, NFL, NBA and MLS, among others.

The event is being praised for its significant commitment over the course of the past two years of minimizing the environmental impact of the tournament itself. The Boeing Classic was able to increase their waste diversion rate from just over 75% in 2009, to over 92% in 2010. This rate, as well as their 'total waste averted' standing helped them receive the "Recycler of the Year" award from the Washington State Recyclers Association.

Additionly, the tournament provided "recycling educators" as a part of their staff to encourage the 70,000+ spectators to be mindful of the way they disposed of their waste. It was these efforts that helped the tournament gain the attention of the Green Sports Alliance and be considered for recognition.

This year's event is less than a month away (Aug. 22-28) and will be the tournament's seventh year at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Past winners include World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Kite (2006 & 2008) and Bernhard Langer, who last year secured his fifth victory of the season at the Boeing Classic and went on to win the season-long Charles Schwab Cup and Champions Tour Player of the Year honors.

Some other members of the Green Sports Alliance include noteworthy franchises such as the Boston Red Sox, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Flyers. For more information about the Green Sports Alliance and the initiative to help professional sports "go green" visit their website here.