Sustainability

Tool kit

Sustainability Quick Start Guide

Sustainability is about how you work and make decisions to maximise positive impact and minimise negative impact in the social, economic and environmental spheres[1].

Follow these five steps to work towards a sustainable canoeing event that will benefit the local community, economy and environment.

1.     Reduce waste and recycle

  • Place recycling, organics and garbage bins in effective locations
  • Go Paperless! Communicate with teams, athletes and volunteers via electronic devices.
  • Promote your event through social media instead of flyers and banners

2.     Make smart water choices

  • Encourage event participants and attendees to bring refillable water bottles instead of plastic bottled water
  • Install a portable tap water station

3.     Establish a positive local impact

  • Prefer local services with sustainable practices and policies while procuring goods
  • Donate remaining gear, equipment, and clothing to local charities and organisations
  • Ensure the venue is accessible to all people, including those with physical disabilities

4.     Promote public and clean transportation

  • Advertise eco-friendly transportation options prior and during the event
  • Provide teams and spectators with (electric) shuttle transport between airport and the venue
  • Collaborate with the local tourist office to recommend accommodation close to your venue, near public transit options, which has existing sustainable policies and practices

5.     Make smart food choices

  • Buy in bulk and cook to order to minimise packaging and waste
  • Consider recyclable or compostable plates, cups, and utensils
  • Offer a range of healthy food choices that satisfy different dietary requirements
  • Donate remaining food to a local food bank

Sustainability infographic - one bus can replace thirty cars