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Tree Planting Event Highlights U.S. Open Sustainability Plan May 18, 2022 | Brookline, Mass. By Andrew Dzurita, USGA

Representatives from the USGA, Town of Brookline, The Country Club and One Tree Planted place the first of 122 trees. (Rachel O'Driscoll/USGA)

Through a partnership with the Town of Brookline, The Country Club and One Tree Planted, the USGA today ceremoniously planted the first of 122 trees as part of the 122nd U.S. Open Sustainability Plan, which will add to the community’s tree canopy and follow its Urban Forest Climate Resiliency Master Plan. The trees will be planted in Environmental Justice Zones determined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts along various streetscapes, providing cooling zones and promoting healthy green spaces in the area.

Seventeen trees – honoring the USGA’s 17th national championship at The Country Club – will be planted this spring through a unique partnership with reforestation experts at One Tree Planted, the USGA and the Town of Brookline. The remaining trees will be planted in the fall, for a total of 122 new trees signifying the 122nd U.S. Open Championship.

"We’re very excited to celebrate what we’re doing with this championship, to be able to promote the sustainable initiatives and to be able to host a green championship," said Eric Steimer, the USGA's Director of U.S. Open Championships. "As we think about this championship and what it means, it's extremely exciting for us to work alongside the Town of Brookline, The Country Club and One Tree Planted to provide a much greener canopy to leave this community in a better place than how we found it."

In line with the UN’s Sports for Climate Action framework, the sustainability plan for the 122nd U.S. Open will significantly reduce the championship’s carbon footprint and reinvest dollars in the Town’s proactive environmental programs, leaving a lasting legacy well beyond this year’s event.