Bank of America Chicago Marathon Awarded Sustainability Certification

The 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon became the largest marathon to earn the highest possible certification — Evergreen Level — from the Council for Responsible Sport.

Promoting sustainability doesn't automatically happen on race day, organizers say, it starts with year-round planning that includes incorporating environmentally and socially responsible practices.

For the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, these efforts included participant t-shirts made from 100 percent recycled polyester fibers, more than 76 tons of waste from the race diverted from the landfill to recycling, 34,000 pounds of leftover food donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and 10,000 volunteers from over 100 local volunteer groups.

"As an event, we are both honored and excited to have earned Evergreen Level Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport," said Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. "Since 2010, we have worked closely with our runners, volunteers, spectators and partners to make the marathon as sustainable as possible. This certification recognizes the hard work that has been done and encourages us to continue these efforts in supporting the environment and communities our race runs through."

The race's certification was achieved by complying with standards across five categories: planning and communications, procurement, access and equity, resource management and community legacy.

"Honoring the Bank of America Chicago Marathon's impact on our community and the environment demonstrates how one positive action can make a huge difference in the lives of many," said Paul Lambert, Chicago Market president, Bank of America. "We're proud to be part of this great initiative, and it builds on our commitment to becoming better environmental stewards in our local communities."

With this certification for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the race brings awareness to other events, proving it is possible to protect and support the environment in planning and execution efforts while supporting the local community.


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