TORONTO – October 12th, 2016.
Organizers of the 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) recognize that every choice we make comes with the opportunity to benefit our friends, neighbours, and the broader community by creating a safe and welcoming event for all interested participants. We are committed to producing a sustainable event, with the definition and measure of sustainability being that as provided by the Council for Responsible Sport’s (CRS) standards for certification.
In 2016, STWM hopes to renew our CRS “GREEN” Certification by meeting and exceeding these standards. In 2014, STWM achieved Silver Level status by achieving 70% of the credits available to become certified. Some of these standards include, but are not limited to:
- Minimizing carbon and water footprints through rigorous conservation and mitigation efforts.
- Choosing transportation options that minimize fuel consumption.
- Removing barriers to participation.
- Planning for low levels of waste production and a high rate of waste diversion.
- Contracting with locally-owned businesses whenever possible.
We are committed to setting a notable example at the 2016 STWM by reducing our overall environmental footprint, ensuring participant accessibility, and supporting the local economy. We’re excited to surpass 2014’s success and build towards an even more sustainable future for our community.
About the Council for Responsible Sport:
The Council’s vision is a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm and its mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing to make a difference in their communities. The current version of the Council’s Certification standards (v.4.2) was developed by an outside working group of both sustainability and sport industry experts, reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders throughout 2013 and implemented in January 2014.
About Canada Running Series and the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon:
An IAAF Gold Label race, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier, big-city running event, the National Marathon Championships, and the Grand Finale of the 8-race Canada Running Series. In 2015 it attracted more than 26,000 participants from 63 countries, raised $3.5 million for 173 charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, and contributed an estimated $35 million to the local economy. The livestream broadcast regularly attracts viewers from over 100 countries, and in 2015 the event also hosted the international Bridge The Gap movement of running crews.