Athletes For A Fit Planet - Sustainability Practices

Eco-Practices for Sustainability

FitPlanet groups the eco-Practices into required and optional practices for sustainability. To achieve the Pledge of Sustainability, you pledge to perform all four (4) of the required practices, and a minimum of six (6) elective practices.

Required eco-Practices

R1Reduce paper waste by requiring at least 80% of total pre-registered race field to register online - only option for paper registration is at the event.
R2No mailing of paper registration forms. (Takes effect within 24 hours of signing the Pledge)
R3Provide recycling bins at the event and recycle cardboard, paper, plastic and other materials
R4Provide information to athletes about public transportation options and/or provide them with ride-share options on your website.

Elective eco-Practices

E1100% online registration
E2Provide athletes the option of offsetting their travel to and from Event.
E3No standard cotton t-shirts for athletes. Offer t-shirts made from organic cotton, recycled polyester, bamboo, or other environmentally friendly material. (We recommend screen printing with non-toxic inks.)
E4Offer a clothing and/or shoe recycling/reuse program (old running shoes and apparel can be recycled and/or contributed to charity organizations)
E5All paper used to promote the event is at least 20% post-consumer recycled stock. (We recommend using non-toxic inks.)
E6Replace traditional race bags (AKA swag or goodie bags) with an online or virtual version. It eliminates the need and expense of printing, paper not to mention the plastic bags.
E7If you are not quite ready to get rid of the race bag (AKA swag or goodie bags) then replace it with a recyclable and/or reusable bag. (We recommend the bags also be made from recycled materials.)
E8No single-use disposable plastic bottles for water or sports drink distributed at the finish line. (We recommend you hand out reusable plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel bottles.)
E9Provide green portable toilets that use non-toxic deodorizer and recycled toilet paper and paper towels.
E10At least 80% of all marketing and participant communications facilitated through email or website updates instead of paper mail.
E11Reuse at least 80% of all signage for the event.
E12For new signage, purchase recyclable or biodegradable materials for signs and banners. (We recommend you use non-toxic inks.)
E13At least 25% of all power used during the event is supplied from renewable sources such as solar, wind or bio-fuels either directly or indirectly through renewable energy credits or carbon offsets.
E14Utilize bicycles, electric scooters, electric motorcycles, or electric/hybrid cars for pace and lead vehicles.
E15For events that are point to point, provide shuttle buses for athletes that are powered by bio-fuel or another form of renewable energy or offset the vehicle emissions through carbon offsets.
E16Provide environmental education as part of expo and/or race-day presentations (e.g. speakers, booth space for environmental organizations, and green product and service companies)
E17Source sustainable finisher medals such as recycled/recyclable lanyards and metal and/or locally made medals from recycled materials .
E18Provide composting for pre- and post-event meals. (we recommend using biodegradable/compostable tableware as well, such as plates, cups, knives and forks made from PLA.)
E19Donate unused food to a charity such as a homeless shelter or soup kitchen.
E20Offset at least 10% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the race through sponsorships, a percent of the race fee, voluntary contributions from athletes, or other means.
E21Encourage athletes to support an environmental initiative important to the Event by either volunteering time or donating money. This could be a local environmental project or cause or a national or international environmental charity.
E22Serve at least some locally grown, fresh food at pre- and/or post-race meals. (We recommend offering organic food as well.)
E23Provide VIP parking for carpoolers and bicycles.
E24Get creative. e.g. give an award for the 'greenest' athlete or team; require athletes come to the event only by public transportation; make the race 'carbon neutral', etc.
E25Introduce one practice that helps conserve water and reduce water waste on the race course. For instance, ask athletes to bring their own bottles and provide water dispensers instead of tables of cups.
E26Create a category of volunteers that are dedicated to environmental practices, such as recycling and/or composting at the finish.