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Sustainability Program

The 3M Open is committed to doing our part for the planet, and we believe it’s our responsibility to lead. Protecting our shared environment and conserving natural resources ensures a vibrant golfing future for all to enjoy.

This year, we have teamed up with sustainability-focused vendors and partners to help us advance our initiatives with a focus on waste reduction, reuse, and community.  

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Applying science to improve lives

3M has a long-standing commitment to sustainability and it is a core value of our company. Our consistent industry leadership is evident in the establishment of our ground-breaking Pollution Prevention Pays program in 1975, which continues to thrive, as well as more recent initiatives, including our shift to renewable energy sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing circular solutions and growing our skills-based volunteering programs. Together with our employees, customers, partners, governments and communities, 3M is committed to a science-based, collaborative approach to solving shared global challenges and improving lives. 

At this year’s 3M Open, we will be highlighting sustainable solutions ranging from recycled insulation, construction materials, and more.

Sustainability Partners

Nature Valley

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Nature Valley is committed to a more recyclable future. Parks, trails, lands and waters are precious to us all and must be preserved for future generations. We're starting by making our Crunchy bar wrappers store drop-off recyclable.

Believe it or not, recycling polyethylene film is more than a sustainable, eco-friendly way to minimize our environmental footprint. That same material can also be turned into some pretty amazing things. Your contributions to store drop-off recycling can be turned into playground sets, decking, fencing, and furniture — all things that can help you make the most of your outdoor spaces.

But that's only our first step toward making all of our packaging fully recyclable by 2025. Visit our See-Saw at Fan Village to learn more.

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NatureWorks is a global biotechnology company using plants to turn greenhouse gases like CO2 into a portfolio of biomaterials we call Ingeo. We partner with companies around the world to transform Ingeo into a wide range of naturally advanced products like compostable coffee capsules, tea bags, and food serviceware as well as diapers, hygiene masks, appliances, and filament for 3D printing. Because Ingeo biomaterial is made from plants, it enables the decoupling of materials from non-renewable resources, and its carbon footprint is 70% smaller than petrochemical-based plastics.

NatureWorks is headquartered in Plymouth, MN and is a proud partner of the 3M Open event, supporting the economic and environmental sustainability of the Twin Cities metro area. As a sustainability sponsor, NatureWorks has partnered with compostable food serviceware suppliers to provide compostable cups and bags made from Ingeo throughout the tournament, assisting the 3M Open in increasing organics recycling. Compostable food serviceware, like cups, help to capture food scraps from events and divert them from landfills, where they emit methane, to compost, where they produce important soil amendments that help grow better food and sequester more carbon in our soils. We are excited about the steps the 3M Open has taken in recent years in waste diversion and reduction, and we look forward to continued partnership building a more sustainable future in golf. 

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Xcel Energy

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Xcel Energy is committed to a clean energy future. Over half the energy we provide already comes from carbon-free sources. But A carbon-free future doesn't just happen. Together, we make it happen. It takes all of us. 

Together with the 3M Open and its sustainability partners, we're all in to make the world a better, brighter, and cleaner place to live, work and play. 

Come experience the Xcel Energy Backyard and step inside our energy-efficient Tiny House, enjoy outdoor games, test your putting skills on the Clean Energy Mini Golf Challenge and connect with us to learn how you can help save energy at home and help us get to a carbon-free future!

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