2015-06-05 / Community

Race gets gold level for ‘green’ efforts

The TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race has earned gold for its greening efforts from an international social and environmental assessment organization, race organizers announced Tuesday.

The Gold Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport followed a review of the TD Beach to Beacon’s environmental and social sustainability programs, which range from comprehensive recycling to reducing carbon emissions to raising money for charities and leaving a positive legacy in the community.

“This honor truly is a shining achievement for the TD Beach to Beacon,” said race founder Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won gold at the first women’s Olympic Marathon in 1984. “Thanks to Fairchild Semiconductor, the sponsor of our greening program, as well as the hard work of Bruce Rayner at our green consulting partner, Athletes for a Fit Planet, the race has built a strong record of commitment to the environment – it’s great to see those efforts affirmed.”

The nonprofit, Oregon-based Council for Responsible Sport, founded in 2007, provides objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work that event organizers are doing nationwide.

The TD Beach to Beacon achieved Silver Level Certification in 2012, but this time reached the gold level by earning 50 of 52 certification credits applied for, according to Shelley Villalobos, certification director at the Council for Responsible Sport. The certification is valid for two years.

Villalobos highlighted five areas of achievement at the 2014 TD Beach to Beacon that stood out to the council:

 Diverted 85 percent of all waste generated at the event from going to the landfill through compost and recycling efforts.

 Offset the 5.6 ton carbon footprint of event operations through Native Energy, making the event carbon neutral (not including participant travel).

 Redeemable bottles were sorted separately and sent to CLYNK for recycling, sending the proceeds from the deposits redemption to the 2014 race charity, Rippleffect.

 More than 100 participants used a bike valet service stationed at the finish line so people could park their bike safely and take a shuttle to the start for the race.

 Finishers’ T-shirts provided by Nike were made from polyester made from recycled plastic, helping to close the loop on waste created at events while reducing demand for harvesting new materials.

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