Sustainability initiatives

Canada Sevens

Since its inception in 2017, HSBC Canada Sevens has prevented the use and disposal of +20,000 plastic water bottles (500ml) annually through our water bottle program. For 2022, the reusable bottle will be made from 100% recycled plastic

How it works:

  1. Each player, coaching staff, volunteer liaison and match official are provided with a re-usable sports bottle for the event approx.350 people
  2. Re-fillable water stations are provided at team hotels and at the stadium on match days

Aligned with BC Place Stadium, in 2020 HSBC Canada Sevens shifted match day tickets from print format to mobile, activating a new online portal to support fans in managing their digital tickets. The shift to mobile has reduced +8,000 plastic laminate and +30,000 paper stock tickets annually.

In 2021, HSBC Canada Sevens made the move from printed tournament programs to digital. This has prevented the printing of ~15,000 programs annually.

  • Official Canada Replica Jerseys & poly bag – made with Macron’s ECO FABRIC
  • Official Canada 7s Adjustable Black Baseball Hat – Made from Recycled Polyester Twill & Silicon Logo Patch made from Recycled Plastic
  • Official Canada 7s Rio Pom Pom Toque – Made from 50% Recycled Polyester & Silicon Logo Patch made from Recycled Plastic
  • Clear reusable tote bags & paper retail bags that can be recycled – no plastic bags
  • Macron 4 The Planet

Spectator Transport to the HSBC Canada Sevens (based on a 2020 survey):

  1. 30% walk to the stadium
  2. 29% use public transport

BC Place Stadium

    • As part of PavCo’s efforts on reducing energy and resource consumption, the stadium’s rainwater harvesting pilot project is projected to save more than 950,000 litres per year of pristine drinking water from Metro Vancouver’s Regional System
    • Based on a detailed rainfall study, it is estimated approximately 40 million litres of rain falls on BC Place every year. Rainwater samples collected from the stadium’s roof were analyzed in a laboratory, and the test results concluded the rainwater was very pure, requiring minimal treatment or interventions to harvest, store and utilize for non-potable applications in the venue
    • The rainwater harvesting system leverages existing infrastructure such as the fabric roof and stormwater systems, while repurposing underutilized space in the stadium for tank storage.
    • The range of uses for the harvested rainwater includes non-potable water applications such as turf maintenance, toilet facilities, concourse and equipment cleaning, pressure washing, and more.
    • The new FieldTurf ‘Vertex CORE’ was selected in part for its international certifications for world class sport, as well as health, safety and environmental standards
    • FieldTurf makes use of product components and materials using closed-loop design thinking that respects the planet, resulting in a more sustainable product
    • PavCo donated a portion of the used artificial turf to the Abbotsford Cardinals baseball team located in the Fraser Valley, whose facilities and turf were lost to last year’s flooding
    • Re-using the turf at a community baseball facility is not only a win for the environment, but a win for a B.C. community in need
    • PavCo are also currently evaluating environmentally friendly and community-supporting options for the remainder of the used turf

Energy Efficient LED lighting system installed in 2019 for the field of play to reduce energy consumption  

Sodexo Live!

Sodexo Live! at BC Place Stadium work in collaboration with various charities for food recovery programs such as Les Tablee des Chefs, Vancouver Harbour Lights Foundation (Salvation Army) and Second Harvest to donate left-over food from events to support food programs for those "in need" in Vancouver and surrounding area.  

  • With the goal to lift waste diversion rates in order to significantly reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill
  • 4 bin system comprised of recyclable / compostable / refundable / general waste

Contributing to eliminating plastic straws: about 25 to 30 million plastic straws were disposed every year in Vancouver prior to the ban

  • Introduced new wooden cutlery for start of 2022 season
  • Can be mixed with compostable in new waste management program
  • Over 150,000 sets of single-use cutlery per year will be diverted to compost
  • Partnered with EcoChit: 100% Recyclable, BPA/BPS chemical free
  • A tree planted for every case bought

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