Shell Houston Open wins Sustainability Challenge
Tournament diverts more than 87 percent
Phoenix – Just before the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the company announced
its winner of the inaugural Sustainability Challenge, a contest that invited all PGA TOUR tournaments
to detail their respective sustainability initiatives.
After reviewing submissions from 24 different events, The Shell Houston Open received the highest
ranking for its cumulative score in the following categories: Materials Management, Natural Resources
Tracking and Conservation, Economic Impact and Overall Sustainability.
In 2013, the Shell Houston Open committed to executing a sustainable tournament and to reduce the
amount of materials sent to the landfill. To help achieve this, Waste Management designed a plan to
produce less waste and enhance diversion through material reuse, recycling and composting.
In the end, the Houston event surpassed its original goal, achieving an overall diversion rate of 87.3 percent.
“In addition to honoring us for our sustainability initiatives at the Shell Houston Open, Waste Management
was also responsible for driving much of the behind-the-scenes efforts that are helping us build the most
sustainable event possible,” said Steve Timms, tournament director for the Shell Houston Open and
president and CEO of the Houston Golf Association. “We are committed to the belief that sustainability
is the right thing to do.”
The contest came about as an effort to spread sustainability-driven event planning, similar to what WM
has accomplished in Phoenix. The sustainability services team at Waste Management graded