Environmental Responsibility

Going Green

The importance of reducing our carbon footprint is imperative at all our events. We’re proud to share the efforts we make towards maintaining a sustainable future for our planet. We encourage you to join us in this movement by being as eco-friendly as possible — in your travels, at Packet Pickup, on course, and at the post-race celebration!

Here are some of the steps we are taking…

STWM Gold Certification — Council for Responsible Sport

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM), hosted by Canada Running Series achieved Gold Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport in 2016/17. Organizers earned credit on 38 of the best practice standards offered in the Council’s certification program for social and environmental responsibility at sporting events. The event, which hosted over 25,000 participants in 2018, was the first-ever event in Toronto to be certified by the Council for Responsible Sport.

Certification is achieved by complying with standards across five categories: planning and communications, procurement, resource management, access and equity and community legacy.

In an effort to be greener, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Running, Health & Fitness Expo is held at the Enercare Centre, a building that features a 30-storey wind turbine and a geothermal plant that replaces conventional heating and cooling systems to save electricity and natural gas. It is the first conference center in Canada to achieve LEED silver status from the Canada Green Building Council.

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon also scored points through its waste prevention efforts. The entire event utilizes paperless registration both online and in person at the Expo. Of the trash produced by the event, nearly half (47 percent) is diverted from the landfill through recycling efforts. Additionally, hundreds of lightly used running shoes have been collected for redistribution to those in need, and organizers send thousands of pounds of food to Second Harvest, a local food bank that gives this food to those in need.

Recycling from Start to Finish

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K strives to be extra conscientious in our recycling efforts. We do our best to separate all waste created by this event and correctly recycle all applicable items. Please do your part and deposit your waste in the appropriate waste receptacles at this event.

Green Team

We will have our Green Team of volunteers helping out who are making sure that all garbage, recycling and compost bins are well managed, that all the waste is in its right place and to prevent against contamination.

Bike Parking

If you wish to travel to the race by bicycle, there are a number of FREE bicycle parking locations around Nathan Phillips Square. The locations and number of spots are as follows:

On the West side of City Hall beside the Playground (20 spots)

On the corner of Elizabeth St. and Hagerman St. behind City Hall (58 spots)

On Temperance St. just east of Bay St (50 spots)

On the Southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square along Osgoode Lane (28 spots)

To view the Bike Parking locations, please view our interactive course map.

Please note that these are public bicycle parking spots and are available on a first come, first served basis. Any bikes that are parked in these locations will not be monitored by Canada Running Series staff or volunteers. Canada Running Series will not be responsible for any damage to bicycles while parked in these locations during the event.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint 

We encourage all runners and spectators to share a ride or take public transportation to the expo and to the event.

Check out www3.ttc.ca and their Trip Planner to see what bus and/or streetcar you can take to our event. Fares: $3.50 per trip; or you can purchase a Day Pass.

For all inquiries regarding TTC service on race day: www.ttc.ca or call (416) 393-INFO (4636).

Read about some of the things the City of Toronto is doing to become a world-leader in green initiatives: www.toronto.ca/environment/initiatives/