Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5k earns Silver Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for its Social and Environmental Initiatives
Working with Green Chair Recycling, organizers achieve 97.8 percent waste diversion rate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2013 – Portland, OR: The 2013 Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon and 5k has earned Silver level certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for efforts to reduce the event’s environmental footprint and increase its social impact. Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon is a Canada Running Series event.
“The Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon’s list of accomplishments is long. A 98 percent waste diversion rate is truly outstanding, and this event’s commitment to supporting the missions of numerous charities while promoting health and fitness, stimulating the local economy and galvanizing the community is great to see” said Keith Peters, executive director of the Council for Responsible Sport.
Among the many initiatives implemented and tracked throughout the 2013 event, there were several that were especially notable:
• 97.8% of all waste was diverted from the landfill; through a partnership with Green Chair five times more material was recycled, compared to the 2012 event.
• Running events see lots of discarded clothing near the starting line where racers shed layers. Organizers collected four large bags of clothing this year from that area and donated it, along with extra event t-shirts, to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver.
• Renewable energy credits were purchased to offset the carbon impacts of the event expo lighting through Cow Power, which supports the development of anaerobic digestion as an alternative energy source for Canada.
• After working with youth groups to reduce barriers to participation, including at-risk and low-income populations, over 150 youth ran in either the half marathon or 5k.
• The total local economic impact of the event was conservatively estimated at just under $1 million.
“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 “and we are honored to be the first Silver Certified event in Canada!”
“When looking at the environmental footprint of our running races, we decided there was a lot more we could do to make our events more environmentally sustainable and help preserve the natural beauty of our city,” said Tom Skinner, Canada Running Series’ Western Operations Director. “Achieving Silver Certification was a team effort involving our entire crew, great partners like Green Chair Recycling, fantastic guidance from the Council, as well as a huge amount of support from all of our participants. The award is not only great recognition but an encouragement for us to move forward with, and build on our green-events initiatives”
The Council congratulates the Vancouver Half Marathon & 5k staff and the Canada Running Series for their accomplishments as well as their commitment to an ongoing process of planning, deliberate actions, measuring progress and continuous improvement.
About the Council for Responsible Sport:
Our vision is a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm. Our mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing, and to actively support event organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities.
Our Certification program provides a comprehensive method for event directors to incorporate environmental and socially responsible initiatives into their events, while informing stakeholders about events that adhere to a rigorous set of standards. Certified events range in size from ParalympicsGB Training Camps held at the University of Bath in the UK, with some 150 athletes participating, to the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia, with 55,077 timed finishers. To date, 58 different events have achieved certification from the Council for Responsible Sport, serving over 786,000 athletes in the process.
The current version of the Council’s Certification standards was developed by an outside working group of 18 sustainability experts and reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders. Certification is modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System, which certifies buildings and materials according to resource conservation and energy efficiency criteria.
About Canada Running Series and the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5k:
The Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K is part of the prestigious, 8-event Canada Running Series. The Series prides itself on organizing great races that benefit communities, and on being the industry leader in innovation for Canada. In 2013 the Series attracted almost 60,000 participants and raised more than $5.5 million for 280 mostly-local charities.
Registration is now open at www.CanadaRunningSeries.com for the 2014 running season, which kicks off on March 22nd in Vancouver, BC.