Florida Golf: Feed the Hungry, Save the Planet

By: Tim McDonald

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Florida golf is all about feeding the hungry and saving the planet. 

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The Allianz Championship at Broken Sound Club has some big "green goals" for the 2012 tournament scheduled for Feb. 6-12.
 
Organizers want it to become one of the greenest golf tournaments in North America. They're partnering with the Smart Group, an organization of ecologists, scientists, educators and academic researchers, in coming up with a "comprehensive carbon footprint event analysis."
 
That's a mouthful, I know. What it means is, essentially, they want to do environmentally aware things like powering the event with 100 percent renewable energy and implementing a zero waste program. It also involves environmentally sound use of water and energy, and reducing travel to and from the site for players, spectators and vendors.
 
They have a good head start because the Broken Sound Club is already one of the more environmentally aware golf clubs in the country. It is certified by the Golf Environmental Organization, the first in Florida and one of only two in the country.
 
Other South Florida golf clubs are banding together to help a nearly three-decade-old tradition of feeding the hungry on Thanksgiving.
 
St. Andrews Country Club, Mizner Country Club and Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club are helping the 27th annual Feed the Hungry program that provides Thanksgiving dinners to over 3,000 area residents on Nov. 22.
 
The golf clubs are helping provide food to Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, where the event will take place.

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