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