DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Greenest To-Date
Carbon emissions to be offset and waste minimized for the 2013 race
Pittsburgh, PA – The DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is taking strides to minimize the race’s environmental impact this year through six sustainable initiatives, including the use of carbon offsets from Green Mountain Energy Company to reduce its carbon footprint for the first time.
“This year, our goal was to drastically limit the environmental impact of one of the city’s most popular events,” said Adriane Deithorn, Director of Development for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. “We’ve partnered with sustainable-minded organizations that truly champion the race and city’s goals of becoming the Green and Gold City. We hope to produce the Steel City’s most environmentally friendly race to-date that residents, sponsors and participants can be proud of.”
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is teaming up with Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer, and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency to offset estimated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with event activities such as race vehicles and generators. Based on information provided, the carbon offsets donation will zero out an estimated 14,500 pounds of CO2 – that’s like 2,600 households turning off their lights for a day!
The Pittsburgh Marathon is also making a commitment to minimize the amount of waste generated by this year’s race. As a means to reduce the use of paper cups at the finish line, all finishers will be provided with a recyclable and reusable Finisher Cup provided by the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (C.O.R.E). And in an effort to eliminate plastic water bottles and jugs, Water Monsters, which are portable, bulk water delivery systems, will be used at the start and finish lines and during the Green Light Wireless Finish Line Festival. The use of Water Monsters will save approximately 4,000 plastic gallon jugs. Compostable cups will also be utilized for the first time at every fluid station throughout the course, including the finish line. Approximately 500,000 cups will be used during this year’s race.
Additionally, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is partnering with Zero Waste Pittsburgh, an organization created to help business and residential communities reduce waste. Zero Waste Pittsburgh will help minimize the race’s waste consumption by sorting through all course and finish line trash to recycle appropriate materials through the city-sponsored Recycle Pittsburgh program.
“Minimizing waste and offsetting emissions are two environmentally-friendly goals that will set the bar for future races to come,” continued Deithorn. “We’re proud that we can call this year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon the greenest race yet.”
In addition to waste reduction, recycling and carbon offsets, the race supports a beautification project along the course. Every year, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon partners with GTECH Strategies, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization, and Operation Better Block, an organization working to better the Homewood community. This year, the three organizations will team up to renovate a vacant lot in Homewood into a beautiful community garden that is located on the corner of Frankstown Avenue and Sterrett Street along the course route.
For more information on the race and other partnerships, visit www.PittsburghMarathon.com.
About the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
Organized by the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is a world-class event for runners across the globe. The race ignites the spirit of Pittsburgh, spanning 13 neighborhoods and boasting 9 festivals. The 2013 course will start and finish in Downtown Pittsburgh on May 5, 2013. Before the 5th edition, the two-day GNC Live Well Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. For more information, visit www.PittsburghMarthon.com.
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