What is sustainability anyway?
It’s a term we hear all the time, but it has different meanings for different people. For us, it means doing what we can in our day-to-day life to maintain the environment. Over the past 51 years, there has been a huge shift in the way we live and we’ve seen the impact on the world around us. To ensure the sustainability of our environment and our city, we all need to take many small actions to improve our surroundings for future generations. We know that nothing beats the allure of the great outdoors when it comes to running!
The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is in its fifth year of dedicating time, energy and resources to reduce the environmental impact of the race. The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon aims to build upon the previous year’s green initiatives to create an even more sustainable event for the whole family, and we need your help!
The Sustainability Program offers simple, easy to adopt choices to help you be a green athlete.
Learn more about the efforts to make the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a leader in race event sustainability.
- Clusters of recycle, compost and waste bins placed around Stampede Park for the Health & Wellness Expo and Race Day.
- Cups from along the route are collected in clear bags and recycled.
- Compostable plates and cutlery are used by event staff and volunteers.
- E-Newsletters and registration for all Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race weekend events are electronic.
- Expo visitors and race participants are encouraged to walk, run, bike, carpool, or take transit with two C-train stops that service Stampede Park.
- A team of “Race Recyclers” assist visitors to properly discard waste in recycle, compost or garbage bins and pick up discarded waste around Stampede Park.
- Repurposed metal medals for finishers of all Scotiabank Calgary Marathon races with remaining finishers’ medals recycled at Blackfoot Metal.
- Race finishers are able to download a complimentary digital finisher’s certificate.
- Office paper and plastic recycling is collected weekly.
- Leftover fruit donated to two of the official charities in The Scotiabank Charity Challenge: The Mustard Seed and Inn from The Cold.
- Discarded participant clothing is donated to one of the official charities in The Scotiabank Charity Challenge, the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta.
New Initiatives in 2014
- More than 225 cyclists rode to and from the 2014 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and locked up at the secure bike valet, which held up to 500 bikes and was manned by volunteers.
- Solar-powered recycle, compost and waste bins were introduced at The Health and Wellness Expo and on Race Day at Stampede Park.
- 650 square feet of outdated vinyl banners were recycled to create wine totes and luggage carriers so participants can take home a piece of race history from the 2014 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Health & Wellness Expo.
- 10 sponsors and partners offered special promotions in the Virtual Goody Bag. A “no paper” policy at package pick-up means promotions, coupons and discounts were delivered to your inbox on race weekend.
- A volunteer handbook, printed on 100% recycled paper, with “Be a Green Volunteer” tips page.