Ironman Boulder has earned the highest level certification, Evergreen, from the Council for Responsible Sport.

Thanks to its successful efforts to implement socially and environmentally responsible practices around race day in 2016, Ironman Boulder has earned the highest level certification, Evergreen, from the Council for Responsible Sport. Events are evaluated across five categories: planning and communications; procurement; resource management; access and equity; and community legacy.

Since 2008, the Council for Responsible Sport has certified more than 100 sporting events with four levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Evergreen. Ironman Boulder is only the ninth event to reach the highest status, and the only triathlon.

“Boulder was a race market that already demanded unique environmental efforts and presented an opportunity to go further,” Keats McGonigal, senior regional director for Ironman, told Triathlete. “We are planning to take lessons learned from this race’s achievements to see what might be scalable at other events across the series.”

Ironman worked with Waste Management to capture current environmental initiatives and then identified opportunities for improvement and innovation, starting with Boulder. This has led to green initiatives to be rolled our across the North American race series, such as utilizing compostable cups at all aid stations and donating leftover nutrition to local food pantries and shelters.

Some highlights from the 2016 Ironman Boulder sustainability initiatives:

Environmental:

Social

Economic

With Earth Day (April 22) on the horizon, Triathlete also rounded up other eco-friendly triathlons around the country for the March/April 2017 issue, on newsstands now.