St Malo Triathlon is going green!

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In 2013 St Malo Triathlon piloted a sustainability handbook developed by members of the Tribalistic Triathlon Team. Here is a link to that document.

The goal was to provide a resource for Manitoba triathlon events with a path to achieving sustainability (i.e., carbon neutral and low to zero net waste) beginning in 2013 as the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development comes to a close and commissions all to carry forward on its mandate.  By 2015, it can be expected that most sanctioned triathlon events in Manitoba have adopted at least the minimum sustainability certification standards as outlined in the handbook.

Be on the lookout for various sustainable initiatives at this year’s race!

 

History and details:

In 2011, Tribalistic Triathlon Team submitted a proposal for a grant under the Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) fund titled “Greening Triathlon in Manitoba: TriGreen – A Race Directors’ Handbook for Sustainability”

In late 2012, funding was approved to develop a race directors’ manual that would incorporate the principles of sustainability into the functioning of triathlon events here in Manitoba.

The project acts to address two priority areas for the WRAPP fund – integrated waste management and pollution prevention.

The project involves itself primarily in developing a standards-based handbook for race directors of Manitoba triathlon events founded on established principles of sustainability, supported by criteria established by the Council for Responsible Sport, and waste-minimization strategies favoured in Manitoba policy such as those espoused by the Greening Government initiative and the Tomorrow Now strategy of Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.

Since large scale, voluntary participation sporting events such as triathlon potentially have high-impact on the environment – particularly from the standpoint of waste accumulation, the consumption of resources (e.g., water), and effects on naturalized areas, this project seeks to establish innovative practices to reduce waste, recycle materials associated with events, conserve resources where appropriate, and reduce to a minimum human activities’ impact on the natural environment.

The development of a standards-based set of criteria for sustainability in triathlon will allow race directors and organizers to certify triathlon events across various levels of sustainable practices.

Consistent with criteria establish by the Council for Responsible Sport, the project will develop standards and provide recommendations across five interrelated themes:

  1. Procurement / Purchasing
  2. Waste Minimization
  3. Transportation and Energy Efficiency
  4. Water and Conservation
  5. Communication / Community Engagement