Heritage Tournament goes for green energy

tbarton@islandpacket.comMarch 14, 2012 

  • Workshops on sustainable golf-course management have been scheduled for this month. The free events are sponsored by RBC, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Sea Pines Resort. They will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with networking from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

    Monday: Room 270 of the Hargray Building at the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Hilton Head Gateway Campus in Bluffton.

    Tuesday: Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road. Experience Green and Sea Pines Resort will host a tour of one of the resort's Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary courses at 1 p.m.

    To register, go to www.experiencegreen.org.

    Details: Call Teresa Wade, executive director of Experience Green, at 843-882-7616.

  • Before he gets his plaid on, the RBC Heritage golf tournament's Sir Willie Innes will trade his golf club for a pair of medical scrubs and a microphone. Willie will visit the Volunteers in Medicine clinic and the Hilton Head Island Boys & Girls Club, which receive grants from the Heritage Classic Foundation. Read more at reporter Tom Barton's blog at blogs.islandpacket.com/EyeOnHiltonHead.

  • Get breaking news, story updates and alerts about fun things to do on Hilton Head Island by following Eye on Hilton Head on Twitter.

The Heritage Classic Foundation, which runs Hilton Head Island's annual PGA Tour event, announced the golf tournament will purchase 150 megawatt hours of "green power" distributed by Palmetto Electric Cooperative and generated by state-owned Santee Cooper.

The power should be enough to match the amount of electricity used during the tournament by the Harbour Town clubhouse, hospitality areas, scoreboards, sky boxes and broadcasting towers, according to the foundation.

Santee Cooper generates electricity from renewable sources, including landfill biogas, and solar and wind power within South Carolina.

The RBC Heritage will purchase the "green" power from Palmetto Electric for this year's tournament, April 9-15 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines, tournament director Steve Wilmot said.

In addition to purchasing "green" power from Palmetto Electric for this year's tournament -- to be played April 9-15 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines -- the Heritage also will set up a "Green Power" booth on the 18th fairway to educate spectators about renewable energy.

"We are proud to say this is the fourth year we have used green energy," Wilmot said in a prepared statement. "As South Carolina's most significant sporting event, we believe it is the right thing to do. We love to say that our greens are green in more ways than one."

To offset the higher cost of producing green power, Santee Cooper customers and the state's electric cooperatives give customers the option of purchasing it with a 20-cents-a-day charge on their electric bills, according to the state-owned utility's website. Doing so has the effect of not driving a car for about three months and planting more than one-third of an acre of trees for a year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Palmetto Electric serves more than 67,000 consumers in southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.

During tournament week, RBC, the Heritage Classic Foundation and Sea Pines Resort also will:

  • Deploy more than 100 recycling receptacles across the course. In addition, Waste Management will supply "Big Belly" solar-powered waste compactors to reduce the frequency of waste collections and lessen truck traffic for removal.

  • Serve food and beverages in recyclable or biodegradable packaging.

  • Enlist volunteers from Bluffton High School to pick up litter and sort all waste.

  • Donate each day's unused food to Second Helping, a local organization that collects and distributes food to agencies serving the disadvantaged in the Lowcountry.

  • Provide bicycle racks within walking distance of the clubhouse to encourage people to bike, rather than drive to the tournament.

  • Follow reporter Tom Barton at twitter.com/EyeOnHiltonHead.

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