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Posted on: October 11, 2012

[ARCHIVED] TrackTown12 Achieves Gold ReSport Certification

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Council for Responsible Sport Executive Director Keith Peters announced last week that the Local Organizing Committee of the recent 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field—aka TrackTown12—has earned Gold ReSport Certification for its efforts at the popular 10-day sporting event. In doing so, TrackTown12 also helped the Council pilot new ReSport Certification standards for multi-day events.

The City of Eugene’s Waste Prevention Manager, Ethan Nelson, who worked closely with TrackTown12 as the Sustainability Chair, sees TrackTown USA as an international leader in the sustainable sport movement. “ We created the most sustainable sporting event in the Western hemisphere in 2012 and have the opportunity to establish Eugene as the place for sustainable events,” said Nelson.

Among the many successes detailed in TrackTown12’s post-event Sustainability Report, here are a few highlights.

• ReThink Waste: 78.5% of waste was composted or recycled; 20,000 drink containers were redeemed, with funds going to local non-profits.
• Reduce Emissions: 100% renewable energy powered Hayward Field and TrackTown Festival; 3.5 tons of CO2 emissions from shuttle buses were offset through BP America’s Target Neutral program.
• Increase Access: 1,000 free tickets given to disadvantaged families.
• Develop Community: $31 million local economic impact; 1,888 volunteers supported the event.
• Inspire Youth: 6,000 youth ran, jumped and threw at the Starting Block, a youth event; 1,500 athletes of all ages participated in the all-comer’s meet; 102 youth participated in the Nike Leadership Camp.
• Leave a Legacy: Host 2014 IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships; bid to host 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials and future IAAF World Championships; pilot the first multi-day certification standard, and help develop the framework to promote sustainable sports events across the United States.

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