Green side up at Montreal tourney

BENOIT RIOUX, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:53 PM ET

MONTREAL - The courts and the balls aren't the only things that are green at Uniprix Stadium, Rogers Cup organizers say.

Tournament director Eugene Lapierre says the event is a model for sustainable development.

Recycling containers are everywhere and a "green squad" has been deployed to pick up and redirect anything that hasn't made it into the bins.

There also has been a tree-planting ceremony on the stadium grounds in north-end Montreal that featured Scottish player Jamie Murray, older brother of superstar Andy Murray.

"Montreal is the most advanced tournament in this (sustainability) area," said Lapierre, who touted his organization's environmental efforts at an ATP Americas meeting in October.

Maryse Lemay, sustainable development consultant for Tennis Canada, says the recycling plan at the Rogers Cup is an event within an event.

"About 75% of the waste produced at the Rogers Cup is recycled or composted," she said. "There has been a triage tent on the site since 2008. We also do on-site composting."

Lemay says even the dishes used are compostable or biodegradable.

And the green effort at the Rogers Cup goes beyond recycling.

Tennis Canada buys so-called "carbon credits" to offset the tons of greenhouse gas emissions used to ferry players by car and plane. The governing body donates $4,000 to a group called Planetair, an international organization that helps individuals and businesses reduce their carbon footprint.

"Overall, the goal is to educate people, including players, on best practices," Lemay said. "That can make a difference in the long term."


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