Flying Pig Marathon Receives Environmental Certification
Cincinnati (June 9, 2011) The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G is one of four running events this year to receive Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS), one of the leaders in monitoring social and environmental responsibility for events.
The Certification means the Marathon’s weekend events met environment standards across six categories, including waste, climate, materials and equipment, community and outreach and health promotion and innovation. Others receiving first time certification are the City of Pittsburgh Great Race, Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington D.C. and Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago.
“These..races have done more than pledge to be sustainable,” said Catherine Humblet, CRS managing director. “Through their actions, they have demonstrated a commitment to their communities, to the environment and to a great race experience.”
The CRS specifically mentioned the Marathon’s initiative to give recycled medal ribbons to a local non-profit to make bags, purses and pillows as a fundraiser. “I’m always impressed with the creative things races do to earn innovation credits,” Humblet said. Other initiatives cited by CRS were finish line composting, carbon footprint report, sustainability survey results and recycling of mylar blanket and past years’ medals.
“We are honored to receive the CRS Certification in our first year of application,” said Iris Simpson-Bush, Marathon executive director. “We know we have the responsibility to the environment and the communities who welcome us in the first Sunday in May, and we thank our thousands of participants for chipping in and helping us become ‘green.’”
“The Marathon has considered the environment in so much of what we do,” said Denise Hovey, the chair of the Flying Pig Marathon’s ‘green’ committee. “From our compostable plates and cups to our on-line registration, the ‘Pig’ uses the events to show our participants what they can do at home to be environmentally sensitive.”
Total recycling over Marathon weekend increased 79% from 2010 and composting increased nearly 150%, from 1.18 tons last year to 2.91 tons in 2011. In total, 4.02 tons, or 8,040 pounds of recyclables and compost was diverted from the landfill. More on the program can be found at www.councilforresponsiblesport.org.
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