From the very beginning, Triathlon Esprit has taken an environmentally and socially responsible approach in many actions and activities.
These values guide our decision-making and have helped the event stand out in several ways in the areas of social, economic and environmental development over the last several years.
While this philosophy has always been an informal part of the organizational culture, our team wanted to ensure the continuity and coherence of our actions. This year, we’ve decided to stand up and send a clear, consistent message to all our team members, partners, collaborators, suppliers as well as our triathletes, with a global, long-term vision aiming to structure and consolidate the steps that still need to be taken to continue reducing the environmental impacts of Triathlon Esprit in a context of fight against climate change.
We aim to be an eco-triathlon, reaching ECOTQ silver level by the end of 2020, which involves:
• Provide bins to collect recyclable and compostable materials at the main site at our stations, and encourage runners to use them correctly.
• Provide a green brigade who will facilitate trash management
• Remove all plastic 6 items
• Divert 50% of the waste
• Cut down on printed materials. Most communication is done on the web through the digital newsletter, social media, the website, etc.
• Provide water fountains on site instead of having plastic bottles
• No longer hand out single-used drinking cups on the races, and provide instead recycled or compostable cups.
• Allowing participants to compensate their carbon footprint relative to attending the event
• Use reusable containers to deliver water to the finish line station.
• When possible, car travel will be reduced for the working team, and BIXI, public transport, ride-sharing and Communauto services will be promoted.
• Register transport data in order to complete a carbon footprint assessment
• Through our communications, educate and inform runners and partners of the importance of preserving the environment and the efforts we should all make.
• Inform volunteers about their sustainability-ambassador roles
• Encourage ride-sharing and active transport to the event site (via newsletter, website, social media, etc.).
• Bring together a Green committee
• Offer a vegetarian option to participants
• Choose and highlight local, fair-trade and organic food whenever possible.
• Give remaining food to a local organization (Old Mission Brewery) to redistribute to people in need.
Write and implement a sustainable development policy to guide our organizational decisions.