Green Initiatives

Green and Sustainability Initiatives for the BlueShore Financial Mother's Day Run

The BlueShore Financial Mother’s Day Run is committed to environmentally sustainable practices.  The event will not only minimize environmental impacts but assist in sustainability education and help Vancouver become the greenest city in the world by 2020. 


The following Green initiatives will be applied at the BlueShore Financial Mother’s Day Run:

 

Reduce and Divert Garbage 

Reduce the amount of garbage the event generates:

  • Use reusable food containers, dishware, and cutlery where possible.
  • Source equipment and supplies with reduced packaging.
  • A virtual information package is emailed out to all participants including race technical information and sponsor offers.
  • E-Impact – 100% of registration is done online saving thousands of printed registration forms from going unused.
  • E-newsletter – monthly newsletters are sent out eliminating printing, mailing, etc.
  • Exhibitors and Vendors are asked to identify ways they can reduce garbage.
  • Ensure remaining waste is recyclable or compostable.
  • Print signs without dates so they can be re-used.
  • Ban styrofoam (polystyrene) from the event.   


Staffed Recycling and Waste Stations

  • Development of a waste management plan in advance that includes recycling and composting.
  • Create recycling and waste stations by clustering recycling, compost, and garbage bins. Aim to not have any stand-alone garbage bins.
  • Avoid contamination by separating recyclables, food waste, and garbage. Recycling and compost facilities refuse contaminated loads, such as food scraps containing garbage. To ensure the waste at the event gets properly sorted assign volunteers or staff to waste stations to help guests use the right bin, or to a back-of-house waste-sorting area.
  • Confirm that the compost collector accepts plastics labelled as biodegradable or compostable. Use compostable paper plates to avoid plastic.

Encourage Participants and Spectators to Walk, Bike, or Take Public Transit

  • Choose a location that is convenient for people to get to your event on foot, by bike, or via transit
  • On promotional material, highlight transit and cycling routes, and the availability of extra bike racks and secure, monitored bike valet parking.
  • Pedal Power – organizers use bikes to set the course, volunteers bike to their stations, medical patrols on bikes, and lead bikers guide the runners on the course.   

Using Tap Water Instead of Bottled Water

  • Use Vancouver tap water which is glacial mountain water purified in a new state of the art filtration plant.
  • While plastic water bottles are recyclable, bottling, packaging, and shipping billions of bottles creates a large environmental impact. Instead, provide water in jugs or use water coolers. Highlight water fountains with signage. Encourage attendees to bring a refillable bottle to further cut down on waste.   

Tap Into Renewable Energy

  • Use electricity from hydro or solar power instead of gas - or diesel-powered generators.  Vancouver's hydroelectricity is more than 90% renewable.   

Other

  • Porta potties - use environmentally friendly sanitizer solution and toilet paper made with recycled content.
  • Discarded and unclaimed clothes are donated to charity.