Gran Fondo Città della Spezia Achieves Silver Certification

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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.

Cincinnati Zoo’s Cheetah Run Earns Certification


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.

February 6th, 2014 | | News & Views, Resource Management

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5k becomes Canada’s first Silver Certified Event

The volunteer recycling team at the Scotiabank Half Marathon & 5k celebrates a job well done.

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.

Waste Management Phoenix Open Achieves Gold Certification, Diverts 100% Of Its Waste From Landfill


Every picture tells a story. This one tells a couple of stories …

Organizers of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) set an audacious goal for this year’s event: improve upon the 97% waste diversion rate from the 2012 event. Guess what — they successfully diverted 100% of the 2013 event’s waste from the landfill, achieving zero waste in the process!

But that’s not all. There’s more to the WMPO sustainability story than you might expect. In addition to greatly reducing the event’s environmental footprint, organizers paid great attention to their social impact as well.

The photo above not only depicts the waste collection/separation/diversion effort, but it features the “Birdies for the Brave tent in the background — a program organized to thank and honor active military personnel and their families, providing free admission to some 2,250 folks … and a great view of the 18th hole!

The full press release announcing the WMPO’s sustainable accomplishments is available for PDF download here, and a You Tube video summarizing the effort is available here.

Dodging Diabetes Charity Dodgeball Tournament Earns Silver Certification



On your mark, get set, get certified – again!

For the second year in a row, the Dodging Diabetes® Charity Dodgeball Tournament in Bethesda, Maryland has earned certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. In 2012, Dodging Diabetes® earned 31 certification credits by recycling, donating leftover food to food banks and using recycled trophies. This year, 43 credits were awarded – just one shy of the level needed to earn gold certification.

”We founded this charity with one goal in mind: to raise money to knock out diabetes for good. And we’re doing just that. But there’s no reason we can’t achieve that goal in a sustainable way,” said Dodging Diabetes® President and Co-Founder Anna Tiedeman Irwin. “Our community has embraced our efforts to compost, recycle, support local businesses and reduce our carbon footprint while raising money to knock out diabetes for good.” 

For more comments and an accounting of the many initiatives implemented this year, please refer to the downloadable PDF press release here.

August 6th, 2013 | | Access & Equity, Community Legacy