Big Sur Half Marathon Gets Gold For Green Efforts
December 20, 2011
The Big Sur Half Marathon organizing team scored big for its sustainability practices Monday, receiving Gold Certification for its enviro-friendly event from the Portland, Oregon-based Center for Responsible Sport.
It's the second time the half marathon's gotten gold from CRS, an organization that dispenses the sporting event equivalent of a LEED Green Building certification. The Big Sur crew was the only event team to receive gold certification this year—an impressive accomplishment, given the center certifies 34 events nationwide, some with as many as 55,000 timed finishers. (The Big Sur Half, by contrast, is capped at 8,000 racers.)
"Organizers of the Big Sur Half Marathon continue to raise the bar when it comes to producing a sustainable sporting event,” said Keith Peters, the center's executive director. Peters cited the event's 96 percent recycling rate, donation of unused food and discarded clothing to local homeless shelters and purchasing of carbon offsets dedicated to solar projects in area nonprofit organizations and local schools.
For more on solar projects in local schools, see Kera Abraham's story in the Dec. 22 Weekly , on newsstands Thursday.