Green Guidelines introduced ahead of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda

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The America’s Cup is promoting and implementing eco-friendly initiatives in Bermuda for this weekend’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event.

Green Guidelines, a first for Bermuda on such a large scale, will be in effect in the Event Village from October 16 to 18 and is mandatory for all exhibitors and vendors.

Guidelines for exhibitors and vendors include the following:

• Single-use plastic beverage bottles and cups are prohibited; instead you must use refillable and/or reusable cups and bottles. 
• Use environmentally friendly packaging ie biodegradable cups, bamboo cutlery, reusable cloth bags, etc. 
• No plastic straws, lids or beverage stir sticks, plastic cutlery, Styrofoam, plastic takeout containers or plastic bags.
• No balloons.

Butterfield & Vallis has provided compostable versions of food and beverage containers and utensils at discounted rates so that vendors and exhibitors are able to comply with the guidelines.

Spectators who plan to attend the Event Village are asked not to litter and to dispose of waste at sign posted waste stations comprised of a 3 bin system: regular waste, recycling or compostables, bring reusable water bottles, interact with green volunteer teams to learn how to be greener and carpool, walk or use public transport to attend the event.

In addition, there will be hydration stations located throughout the Event Village for attendees to refill their bottles.

The America’s Cup is also encouraging boaters as well as land-based spectators to join the company in ensuring a green event.

“As a sustainable organization, we are committed to reducing out impact on the environment”, says Jennifer Pitcher, Community Outreach Manager, ACEA. “We are thrilled the Event Village exhibitors and vendors have demonstrated their support for the America’s Cup green initiatives and commend our partners and sponsors who have dedicated efforts towards a green event.”

Along with the Green Guidelines, the America’s Cup is also promoting on the water sustainability. Boaters are encouraged to do the following:

• Pick up any plastic they see floating in the ocean and dispose of it on land.
• Be environmentally conscious about how much you use your engine
• When fueling up, be conscious of any residual fuel spilling in the water
• Recycle cans and bottles and don’t throw them in the water. 
• Be careful where you anchor.

“When an organization as big as America’s Cup comes to Bermuda and aims to reduce its carbon footprint, it’s a great thing for the Island,” says Vanese Flood Gordon, Education and Enforcement Officer, Waste Management. “We were pleased to be a part of the consultation process and we encourage residents to follow the guidelines on land and on water.”

For more information on the Green Guidelines or if you would like to volunteer as a Green Warrior or Sustainability Supervisor, email