South Carolina Charities Inc., the nonprofit foundation of the BMW Charity Pro-Am, announced April 1 it is working in partnership with global chemical and ingredients distributor Univar Solutions to launch a new sustainability program for the 2021 tournament.
As part of the program, the 2021 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will become the first tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour to send zero waste to landfill. The event has also launched a three-year plan for the BMW Charity Pro-Am to achieve Golf Environmental Organization certification, an initiative led by the GEO Foundation, an international nonprofit dedicated to helping advance sustainability in and through golf.
During the tournament, patrons will see an increased number of waste receptacles, recyclable and biodegradable food and beverage packaging, and reusable mesh signage. In addition, Thornblade Club and The Cliffs Valley will be working with local food distribution companies to source as many local food options as possible to cut emissions. The tournament will also work with Signatures, an Upstate corporate apparel supplier, to create golf shoe bags made from repurposed garment and tournament signage material.
“BMW Manufacturing is proud to support the BMW Charity Pro-Am and the new sustainability measures they will be implementing this year, as they align with our ongoing commitment to sustainability across the Upstate,” said Max Metcalf, manager of government and community relations at BMW Manufacturing and secretary/treasurer of South Carolina Charities Inc. “We are pleased to have the support of the city of Greenville, Keep Greenville County Beautiful and PalmettoPride as we work to make an impact while helping set the precedent for sustainable sporting activities in the Upstate.”
The BMW Charity Pro-Am has also been awarded the Litter Prevention Grant from PalmettoPride, which will provide funds for the implementation of litter prevention programs at tournament courses.
In addition to the sustainability program during the tournament, South Carolina Charities Inc. is inviting the Greenville community to participate in two events.
On May 1, the nonprofit will work with Keep Greenville County Beautiful and Litter Ends Here, to participate in the Great American Cleanup through PalmettoPride. This community litter cleanup day will take place near Thornblade Club. For more information or to volunteer, contact Kari Snyder with South Carolina Charities Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other event, which focuses on reducing e-waste, will be held on June 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roper Mountain Science Center’s new Environmental Science and Sustainability Building. For more information, visit ropermountain.org.