The Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) today released version 3.0 of its ReSport Certification standards for sports events (PDF download here). The new standards will be applied to this upcoming weekend’s U.S. Men’s and Women’s Olympic Trials Marathon, 40th Annual Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, El Paso Corporation 5K and ABB Team Challenge; all are organized and produced by the Houston Marathon Committee.
Work on v3.0 began in June 2011, with an outside working group of 18 sustainability experts spending the summer looking for ways to update existing standards and add new standards that would make CRS Certification more comprehensive. The draft standards were then circulated for stakeholder review this past fall. The working group convened one last time in Mid-December to fine-tune the 76-page CRS Certification Manual that was released today.
CRS Managing Director Catherine Humblet, who led the project from start to finish, said: Our intent in up-dating the standard was to keep the best aspects of the old standard and add to it all of the best practices that we’ve seen in the field over the last four years. This new version is not harder than the old version but it is more robust, up-to-date and complete.
Following up on their successful application for Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) in November 2009, organizers of the Big Sur Half Marathon applied for re-certification from the Council this year. Out of a possible 41 sustainability credits, this year’s Big Sur Half Marathon applied for and received 36 certification credits – three more than were earned in 2009. It should also be noted that the Big Sur Half Marathon will be the only event to earn Gold Certification in 2011.
“Organizers of the Big Sur Half Marathon continue to raise the bar when it comes to producing a sustainable sporting event,” said Keith Peters, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Sport. “Their waste diversion of 96% is unprecedented in any major sporting event, and they offered new green initiatives such as pedal-power to provide electricity, and community support through donations of unused food, discarded clothing and shoes to the local homeless shelter.” Continue reading
The Council is pleased to announce that we are a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, a growing network of over 1,400 member companies in 43 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes. As an approved 1% partner, we are now eligible to receive donations from 1% member companies, and join some 2,700 other environmental organizations in the group of eligible recipients for 1% member donations.
1% member businesses fuel this nonprofit network through their annual contributions, which totaled over $22 million in 2010. Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which we can look to for support. Continue reading
November 28, 2011 – Portland, OR: Outgoing Board Chairman Joe Whitworth announced today the appointment of a new Board Chair and a new Executive Director for the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS). Current Executive Director Marisa McGilliard will become Board Chair, and Keith Peters will succeed McGilliard as Executive Director. Both appointments become effective immediately.
“It is with great pleasure that I pass the Board Chair’s gavel to Marisa McGilliard,” said Whitworth. “During her three-year tenure as Executive Director, the Council for Responsible Sport has made great strides in establishing itself as the go-to resource for event directors who want to make a sustainable difference in sport. Under Marisa’s leadership, CRS Certification of running events and triathlons has grown tremendously.”
Whitworth went on to say, “I am also pleased to announce that Keith Peters will join CRS as its new Executive Director. Keith has been an advocate of CRS and its certification program since day one, serving as the facilitator of our Events Community of Practice. Job number one for him will be to maximize current programs, build brand and program awareness, grow stakeholder involvement and develop a systematic approach to fundraising.”
A complete copy of the press release is available here.
No, I’m not channeling Rod Stewart, but the title from his 1971 hit is certainly appropriate for the project I’ve been working on.
Running USA will be holding its annual conference in Houston, January 15-17, 2012, and I’ve been asked to collect assets (photos and video clips) for the opening presentation — they want to feature the member events of Running USA that have achieved CRS Certification since 2008. That list includes: the Nike Women’s Marathon, Big Sur International Marathon, Big Sur Half Marathon, ING Hartford Marathon, AJC Peachtree Road Race, Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival, Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race, LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon and MCM Historic Half Marathon.
Of course, the photo above has nothing to do with any of the road races I just listed. Instead, it tells an altogether different story –one that is often overlooked in the conversation about “green” events — the social side of the story. Continue reading