|Greening the Pig
The Flying Pig Marathon is committed to research and implementation of policies and procedures to be a more sustainable event. As a certified green event, we adhere to principles in nine sustainability categories set forth by the Council for Responsible Sport: Waste, Climate & Energy, Procurement & Sourcing, Community Impact, Healthy Lifestyle, Community Involvement, Inclusion, Indoor Expos and Innovation.
For our efforts, the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon has been invited to become a founding member of Sports Events Community of Practice to help lessen the carbon footprint of other sporting events.
SustainabilitySustainability, as the word suggests is the ability to sustain. In order to create a more sustainable living environment and protect the future of humankind, we must treat the earth as our garden and make sure we are giving back as much as we are taking.
Flying Pig Marathon’s Sustainability EffortsMany people may think that the participants of a marathon leave a small carbon footprint. Most of the time, this is not true. One of the biggest contributors to the carbon footprint left behind after a race is transportation, which is also one of the hardest to resolve. The potentially second biggest contributor that increases a marathons carbon footprint is waste. This can be more easily managed because we can choose materials that are easily reused or recycled. The Flying Pig Marathon has been taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint and promote a more sustainable event.
Since 2009 the Flying Pig Marathon has been taking steps to be a more sustainable event by practicing the three R’s of waste management: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
We have reduced the amount of paper used by no longer printing 85,000 promotional brochures, results books and finisher certificates, which are all now done electronically. Also, with the introduction of the Virtual Goodie Bag in 2011, over 888,000 pieces of paper were eliminated from the waste stream.
The marathon collects discarded clothing at the start, and donates them to charities in the area. Any leftover food from the recovery area is donated to local food pantries. Banners and signage from the event are stored and reused the next year.
In 2012 the marathon increased its recycling efforts on the course and at the finish line/recovery area. With the help of our Green Team volunteers, we were able to increase our recycling by 246% over the previous year. The marathon also used compostable cups on part of the course and increased our compost by over 25%. We reduced our trash by 24% from 2010 and diverted over 7.48 tons or 50% of our waste from the landfill.
The Flying Pig Certified as a Green EventAll of our efforts in being a green, sustainable event paid off in 2011 when we were certified as a green event by the Council for Responsible Sport. In order to be certified as green, the marathon had to meet 24 standards in areas of waste, climate, equipment, community, outreach and health promotion.
Future Plans for Greening Flying Pig MarathonThere are many different areas where the Flying Pig Marathon could reduce their carbon footprint. Some of the areas have more easily attainable solutions than the others. For instance, cutting down on the carbon footprint from someone flying in from Alaska is going to be quite difficult. How else are they going to get here? Purchasing carbon credits is one way to cancel out these carbon emissions. The marathon is investigating ways that participants can offset their travel by purchasing carbon credits. Look for “What is Your Carbon Footprint?” on this website and at our Green Zone of the P&G Health and Fitness Expo race weekend.
Returning in 2013 is free, VIP parking for those that carpool to the Sunday events. The marathon will be promoting the use of public transportation to the P&G Health and Fitness Expo and Saturday events, all in downtown Cincinnati. Sign up for the free carpool parking and information on the use of public transportation will take place at the Green Zone of the P&G Health and Fitness Expo race weekend.
There are many things that can cut down a huge portion of the carbon footprint left behind by races. The easiest one is following the 3 R’s of waste management (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle). The Flying Pig Marathon has done an outstanding job in cutting back on the amount of waste that goes to the landfill, although there is still some work to do. The marathon will be expanding their recycling/composting efforts into Yeatman’s Cove, the Post Party area of the event.
The Flying Pig Marathon Board Members and Green Committee are working hard to find more solutions to become a fully sustainable event. Look for more sustainable projects on this website, on Facebook, Twitter, and our email newsletter, The Squeal.
Council for Responsible SportThe Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) is about inspired innovation and unprecedented collaboration. As a Council, we were developed to provide a valuable roadmap and the resources necessary for event organizers to incorporate tenets of social and environmental responsibility into their organizations. The mission of CRS is to partner with and empower sport as catalysts for sustainable change. We provide the opportunity for sports events to pursue and receive certification, leaders to participate in peer-to-peer learning communities, access to online tools, case studies and strategic partners to assist the myriad stakeholders within the sports industry in their efforts to go green.
Founded in 2007 by the directors of The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon, the Council for Responsible Sport was created as a response to a growing need for planning models that take into consideration the social and environmental impacts of sports events.
What You Can Do
Use public transportation
Carpool to the race on Sunday
Recycle and Compost on Race Day
Green Pig Achievements
Green Pig Achievements
Greening of the Pig 2009
Greening of the Pig 2010Reduce
Greening of the Pig 2011Reduce
Greening of the Pig 2012
Green Pig Partners
Green Pig Partners
Green Vendor Pledge
Green Vendor PledgeIn our efforts to make the Pig a more waste-wise event, we asked our vendors to make a pledge. A vendor pledge to reduce non-renewable waste will help the Pig to reduce its overall carbon footprint, its waste flow to landfills, and its impacts on the environment. Vendors who completed the pledge received a Flying Pig Green Pledge badge added to their booth.
HELP US IN THE GREENING OF THE PIG!
Please consider alternatives to the following containers and materials, which are NOT recyclable or compostable:
JOIN US and PLEDGE to reduce waste at the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, and receive a placard at your booth, showing your commitment to The Greening of the Pig!
Vendor name _________________________________________________________________ Date _______________
To learn more about ReSport certification, please visit www.councilforresponsiblesport.org/certification for details.
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