GO! St. Louis is an organization that promotes and practices green-friendly living. We believe a healthy body works in parallel with a healthy planet, so we strive to provide programs and events that help reduce the carbon footprint of the event, while encouraging participants to make recycling and reusing a priority. A recent participant study indicated that 90% of our participants thought it was very or somewhat important that GO! St. Louis events were environmentally friendly.
Recycle thousands of plastic water bottles
Recycle thousands of pounds of cardboard
Recycle hundreds of unused finisher medals
Registration process is online only, eliminating thousands of paper applications
15,000 participant goody bags are ‘virtual’ goody bags sent via email to participants
Donate discarded runner clothes along the course to local charities
Use earth-friendly chemicals in event restroom facilities
Promote the use of public transportation and carpooling to and from events
Year-round office recycling of paper, aluminum, cardboard and plastic products
Collected more than 20,000 pairs of shoes, which were re-used or recycled (2010)
Utilize emission free energy certificates to offset energy used at two-day Health & Fitness Expo (2009)
Zero Waste Challenge – Help Us by Recycling at the 2012 Marathon Weekend Event
GO! St. Louis has joined Waste Management and Boeing in an effort to reduce waste during this year’s Marathon Weekend. We encourage all participants to help in the effort by disposing of trash in the green recycling bins located throughout the event site. With more than 50,000 participants and spectators expected, a large amount of waste will be generated. Thanks for helping to make this event green-friendly!
“The GO! St. Louis Marathon’s Zero Waste Challenge is an opportunity for participants and the community to reduce the event’s environmental footprint. Recycling and composting will help ensure materials are diverted from landfills,” said Carrie Spencer, Waste Management spokesperson. “Waste Management is North America’s largest recycler, managing 10 million tons of recyclables, and this Challenge will ensure that number continues to grow. We are proud to be a community partner in the St. Louis region.”
As we move forward we will continue to look for new ways to decrease the stress on our environment.