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Posted: April 23, 2013  

Athletics: The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k is getting even greener!

Vancouver, April 22, 2013 - The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k is committed to producing a world-class event that showcases our city and is both socially and environmentally responsible. This year, the event is aiming to be a certified sustainable event, based on the definitions and measures of sustainability set out by the Council for Responsible Sport.

Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport formally recognizes a significant achievement: the successful completion of a socially and environmentally responsible sporting event. Standards can be achieved in areas ranging from waste management and climate impact to community involvement, health promotion and more.

Here are some examples of what the event is doing to reduce our environmental footprint and increase our sustainability:

  • Divert our race-related waste from going to landfill - in 2012 the event obtained a 98% Waste Diversion Rate for our Finish Area
  • Collect and donate all discarded clothing from Start Area to shelter programs
  • Donate surplus food remaining after the event to local food banks
  • Offer post-event shuttles to reduce two-way trips and car drops
  • Use water conservation methods on course and at the Finish Area
  • Print marketing materials using biodegradable inks on FSC certified paper
  • Source post-race food locally whenever possible
  • Virtual Goodie Bags

    We encourage all participants to help us “run green” by getting to and from the event in a sustainable way - by foot, by bike, by transit, or carpooling - and by leaving no garbage behind on course.

    About the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k:

    The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k (SVHM) is part of the prestigious Canada Running Series. As one of Vancouver’s premier running events, the SVHM attracts more than 6,500 runners and participants of all levels, including many of Canada’s top elite athletes. The event takes place Sunday, June 23rd, starting at UBC 7:30am for the half-marathon, and 9:30am at Stanley Park for the 5k. Register today at

    Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at

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