HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 23, 2012) - Bullfrog Power, Canada's 100 per cent green energy provider, is pleased to announce that RBC will bullfrogpower the 2012 RBC Canadian Open with 100 per cent renewable electricity and green natural gas. Canada's National Open Championship is set to take place from July 23 to 29 at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario.
The Hamilton Golf and Country Club, which is certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, is a venue renowned for its efforts to protect and sustain the wildlife and natural resources. During the tournament, RBC will bullfrogpower the course's facilities, including the clubhouse, pro shop, maintenance facilities, storage building, exterior lighting and pump house.
By choosing green energy for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open, RBC is reducing the event's environmental impact, increasing awareness of the importance of renewable energy in Canada, and helping create a cleaner, healthier world. Purchasing green electricity and green natural gas for the event is part of RBC's organization-wide commitment to environmental sustainability and supplements the many environmentally-progressive practices being employed at this year's tournament.
RBC continues its own tradition of environmental responsibility by choosing Bullfrog Power for the tournament. In 2005, RBC became the first bank to support clean, renewable energy through Bullfrog Power. Since then, RBC has expanded its commitment to renewable energy and now bullfrogpowers its entire Canadian network of ATMs and in-branch digital displays with green electricity.
"An important part of our sponsorship of the RBC Canadian Open is our commitment to make every aspect of the event as sustainable as possible," explained Sandra Odendahl, Director, Corporate Sustainability, RBC. "Choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power is a natural extension of our environmentally responsible practices at this event, complementing the waste diversion, responsible concessions, carbon offsetting and bicycle-friendly programs being implemented."
Through the agreement, Bullfrog Power's generators inject renewable electricity and green natural gas onto the energy systems to match the amount of electricity and natural gas the 2012 RBC Canadian Open uses. Bullfrog's electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogoM program-instead of from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear. Bullfrog's green natural gas product is produced in Canada at a landfill gas project in Quebec. The facilities meet strict environmental standards as defined by ICF International, a global consulting firm that specializes in environmental issues. Bullfrog Power uses the collective demand of its customers to support the development of new renewable generation in Canada.
"We are extremely pleased that the 2012 RBC Canadian Open, an event that brings world attention to top athletes and the natural beauty of Canada's outdoors, will be bullfrogpowered with renewable electricity and green natural gas," said Tom Heintzman, President, Bullfrog Power. "Through all of its environmental initiatives, RBC is helping to make a better Canada-not only by reducing its own environmental impact but also by demonstrating to others the importance of choosing sustainable ways to live and do business."
Visit RBC's Golf and the Environment page to find more information about the 2012 RBC Canadian Open environmental initiatives: http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/community/golf-sponsorship/golf-environment.html
About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada's 100 per cent green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable homes and businesses to reduce their environmental impact and help create a cleaner, healthier world. Bullfrog's green electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogoM program instead of from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear. A clean, renewable alternative to fossil fuel-based natural gas, Bullfrog's green natural gas is produced in Canada from biogas facilities that have met strict environmental criteria as defined by ICF International. As a Certified B Corporation, Bullfrog Power meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment. Thousands of Canadian homes and businesses are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by switching to green energy with Bullfrog Power. Homes and businesses can sign up easily, quickly and affordably at www.bullfrogpower.com.
About RBC and Sustainability
RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2011-2012 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the DJSI North American Index. RBC has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers, one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada. RBC is also included on the 2012 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list, the Jantzi Social Index, the FTSE4Good Index and the Canadian Carbon Disclosure Project Leadership Index.