UC San Diego Tritonman Triathlon Achieves Silver Certification

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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.

May 21st, 2014 | | Community Legacy, News & Views

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

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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

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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.