Banff Marathon Recipient of Green Sports Alliance Innovators of the Year Award

Connector Summer 2019

Over the summer, the Green Sports Alliance presented its annual Environmental Innovators of the Year awards. The awards are given to both individuals and organizations for their tremendous work in the sports greening movement. One of this year’s winners was the Banff Marathon:

The Banff Marathon takes place annually in beautiful Banff National Park where it hosts more than 10,000 participants and guests from 25 countries over a series of activities spanning three days. Since the inaugural event in 2014, in partnership with SustainDriven, the Banff Marathon has continuously sought to decrease the environmental footprint and mitigate the environmental impacts of the event. The 2018 event implemented and managed 10 successful green strategies which were also used during the 2019 event. Strategies include: waste diversion from landfill (achieved an incredible 100% in 2018 – no waste was sent to landfill!); carbon neutrality; green energy; sustainable purchasing and procurement; education and engagement of participants, sponsors, volunteers, staff, media, and community members; environmental and wildlife mitigation; utilizing a ‘virtual’ event bag; using bio-digestible water cups; and featuring a ‘Sustainability Village’ to further educate participants, guests, and vendors.

About the Green Sports Alliance
The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires professional sports leagues, sports governing bodies, colleges, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members now number nearly 600 organizations and fans representing 15 leagues in 14 countries. Visit greensportsalliance.org for more information.

Source: Green Sports Alliance