Greening the TDB2B
Each Year, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race expands its environmental practices thanks to its great supporting sponsor, ON Semiconductor, and green consulting partner Athletes for a Fit Planet. Together, they are building on our long-standing commitment to environmental and social responsibility. In 2012, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K earned Silver certification as a sustainable event from the Council for Responsible Sport and in 2014 we earned Gold certification. In 2016 we achieved the prestigious Evergreen status. Learn more about what it means to earn the top-level Evergreen Certification for our sustainability efforts and achievements here .
Sustainability Highlights Include:
- Recycling and composting waste at the expo and the race – including the start, water stops and the finish. In 2016, the race recycled and composted 90% of the 6.3 tons of waste.
- Collecting the plastic water bottles at the finish, redeeming them with CLYNK, and donating the proceeds to the official race charity. In 2016, we redeemed 5,088 bottles.
- Free bike parking provided runners, volunteers, and spectators at Fort Williams in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. A total of 240 runners, volunteers and spectators took advantage of the program in 2016.
- Offsetting the carbon emissions from race operations with carbon credits and RECs purchased from NativeEnergy
Here are some of our goals for this year’s race:
Recycling and composting from start to finish. Our goal for 2017 is to strive to continue to improve our waste diversion by recycling and composting over 90% of the waste produced by the race. To ensure we meet this goal, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K will have Green Team volunteers staffing the Recycling Stations at the start and finish. Our Green Team will be working to ensure the race recycles all plastic, cardboard and paper, and composts all food waste. The 24,000 paper cups used on the course will be recycled. Poland Spring plastic bottles handed out at the finish will be collected and redeemed with CLYNK, with the proceeds going to Let’s Go! , this year’s charity.
Recycling your old shoes with Nike’s reuse-a-shoe program. The Recycling your old shoes with Nike’s reuse-a-shoe program. The TD Beach to Beacon 10K encourages all runners to drop your old running shoes off at the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe box at the pre-race expo at Cape Elizabeth High School or at the Information Tent at the finish. Nike’s Reuse a Shoe program keeps the shoes out of landfill (they take hundreds of years to break down) and provides a second life for the materials in such things as playgrounds, basketball courts and tracks. It’s all part of Nike’s Considered Design Philosophy. Click here for more information.
Reducing our carbon footprint. Ride your bike to the race. In partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the race is again offering free bike parking at Fort Williams for runners, volunteers, and spectators. Shuttle buses to the start will be provided for runners.
Use Satellite Parking and Take the Shuttle Bus. The TD Beach to Beacon 10K is providing transportation to and from the race from three satellite parking lots . Please plan to use these parking lots and the shuttle buses as it will cut traffic congestion near the start line on race morning and reduces emissions from idling cars.
Carpool. If everyone carpooled we’d cut the carbon footprint from travel in half. Carpooling can dramatically reduce traffic congestion. So please consider sharing a ride to the race with friends, family, team members.
Offset your Carbon footprint. As part of the Council for Responsible Sport certification, the race offers runners the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions resulting from travel. Athletes for a Fit Planet is partnered up with Native Energy to offer a cheap and convenient way to offset the CO2 emissions from you travel. For $3 you can buy a Green Tag that offsets 300 pounds of CO2, which is about 300 miles of travel. Click here to purchase Green Tags .
Additional Eco-Friendly Initiatives
Minimize paper and printing. The TD Beach to Beacon 10K registers 100% of all runners online. In addition, the majority of the race’s communications are conducted by e-mail and through the website, Facebook and Twitter.
Green portable toilets. All the portable toilets used at the start, on the course, and at the finish festival use non-toxic, earth friendly chemicals and recycled paper to ensure minimal impact on the environment.
Green Start and Finish Line Paint. This will be the sixth year we will be using eco-friendly paint on the road at the start of the race and on the grass at the finish line. The paint is free of volatile organic compounds that can contaminate the environment.
Social Responsibility. The race’s commitment to sustainability includes socially responsible initiatives as well as environmental practices. This year’s official charity is Let’s Go! , a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program implemented throughout Maine and in a few communities in neighboring states. We encourage race participants to join us in supporting the good work of this organization.
TD Beach to Beacon 10K is committed to respecting and including athletes and volunteers of all abilities, and not to discriminate on the basis of age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, race or religion. If you have comments or suggestions for how we can enhance and strengthen this commitment, please contact the race organizers.