If you were going to map a path to consistently producing environmentally and socially responsible sports events, you would do well to follow the lead of the world’s first sustainable triathlon team–the UC San Diego Triathlon Team. In the past six years they’ve produced four events that have earned certification from the Council, most recently the 2014 Tritonman Triathlon, which achieved silver certification.
In addition to Tritonman, the team also produces the Coveskipper Aquathlon and the Grove Run each year. The 2009 Grove Run was the very first running event to achieve evergreen certification from the Council.
The team is not only committed to directing and hosting sustainable events. They also work with a UCSD group to re-engineer training equipment to generate renewable energy; seek environmentally and socially responsible sponsors, pursue carbon neutrality, and promote a sustainable community.
And they do all this with an ever-changing group of student athletes!
A PDF copy of the press release announcing Tritonman’s silver certification is available here.
No, the photo above isn’t the Gran Fondo Città della Spezia itself, but it is of a wonderful event for kids held in conjunction with the Gran Fondo–a bicycle safety session hosted by local polizia in the lovely coastal town of La Spezia in the Liguria region of northern Italy. And it’s just one of the many notable socially and environmentally responsible initiatives event organizers implemented this year.
In earning silver certification from the Council, Gran Fondo Città della Spezia becomes the first cycling event in the world to achieve CRS certification–a notable accomplishment indeed.
Alberto Musso, President of Sporting Group Tarros, the event organizer, had this to say:
Being the first cycling event in the world to be awarded the Concil for Responsible Sport’s certification is for us a source of great pride. The Gran Fondo Città della Spezia was born from passion–a passion for the values of sport and for the environment.
The certification process was managed by IMQ, the Council’s exclusive partner in Italy.
A PDF of the complete press release is available here.
Child Magazine has called the world famous Cincinnati Zoo & Biological Garden one of the 10 best zoos for kids. Now it can add certification from the Council for its 2013 Cheetah Run to its list of accolades.
One of the many notable accomplishments at the Cheetah Run was the diversion of 98.7% of all event related waste being diverted from the landfill. This success was due in large part to having trained volunteers at all primary waste collection points and, of course, the infrastructure the zoo has in place to support its zero landfill goal.
As I said in the press release:
The Cincinnati Zoo’s long-term commitment to green building, solid waste management, renewable energy, water conservation, storm water management, energy efficiency and community outreach provides a tremendous platform for the zoo’s special events staff to build upon.
The complete press release is available as a PDF here.
The volunteer recycling team at the Scotiabank Half Marathon & 5k celebrates a job well done.
Canada Running Series hosts eight race events in Canada annually including the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5k, which has achieved silver level certification for its 2013 effort. The event achieved a 97.8 percent waste diversion rate through a partnership with Green Chair Recycling, about as close to zero waste as is possible and certainly something to celebrate.
“At Canada Running Series, we’ve always been committed to producing world-class events that showcase the cities we run in and benefit our community. We are very proud of the green initiatives our Vancouver team has brought forward” said Alan Brookes, Canada Running Series’ National Race Director.
Event organizers helped bring awareness to another great project and offset climate impacts at the same time by purchasing renewable energy credits for the indoor expo through ‘Cow Power,’ which supports the development of anaerobic digestion as an alternative energy source and waste management tool for dairy farmers by processing methane gas-rich animal waste.
There’s more where that comes from. For more information on efforts from this year’s event read the downloadable PDF press release here and learn more about Canada Running Series by visiting their Web site here.
The annual Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio has become a beloved community institution and capped it’s 15th year this May with Silver level certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. Earning 49 credits across the range of categories, from recycling and composting over 60% of event waste, to clever reuse of materials, and over a million dollars raised for charity—these are just the beginning of the positive social and environmental impacts of the Flying Pig.
“Greening is a huge undertaking for an event our size, but that’s what also makes it so very important,” said Iris Simpson-Bush, Flying Pig’s executive director. “We are committed to doing it as best we can and many local organizations are now looking to us for suggestions and guidance. We so appreciate and value the cooperation and support of our committee, participants and the community at large.”
While the Flying Pig has a steady track record of preventing waste and being an accessible, inclusive event, this year they took another step towards greater accessibility and reducing their carbon footprint through a partnership with the local transit district, Metro, to provide a race-specific all day bus pass at a special price so that supporters could hop on the bus to get around to the various race areas without driving their own car.
For more information on the many initiatives implemented this year, please refer to the downloadable PDF press release here.