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Sports Commission Offers Sustainable Sports Guide

23 Jun, 2014


Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission Partners with Council for Responsible Sport

The Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission has become the first Sports Commission / CVB in the nation to offer a downloadable guide to assist event planners in the various aspects of planning sustainable sports events.

The "Responsible Sports Events 1-2-3" guide includes questions to consider while in the planning stages of an event, ideas on how to measure success, and a helpful checklist to ensure that the event runs smoothly from start to finish.

The guide was created in partnership with the Council for Responsible Sport (Council), a non-profit organization that assesses the impacts of sporting events, and provides formal certification based on the actions taken to minimize environmental impacts.

The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region has often been recognized for its commitment to sustainability, and for hosting environmentally responsible sporting events. The 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials - Track & Field achieved Gold level certification through the Council, and this year's IAAF World Junior Championships is aiming for Evergreen certification, a step above Gold. The 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials - Track & Field served as a case study for sustainable sports events, and were honored with the International Olympic Committee's prestigious Sport and Environment Award.

"We are excited to partner with an organization as knowledgeable and well-respected as the Council for Responsible Sport to offer this guide for sports planners. We want planners to realize that with a little planning and preparation, it doesn’t have to be difficult to make their event sustainable, whether it’s for 10 or 10,000 participants," says Janis Ross, Executive Director for the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission.

"Responsible Sports Events 1-2-3" can be downloaded free of charge through the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission website by anyone looking to produce a more environmentally-friendly and socially-conscious sports event.

Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, under the corporate umbrella of Travel Lane County, markets and promotes the region as a destination for sports, while providing resources designed to help events and planners succeed. For more information, go to www.EugeneCascadesCoastSports.org.

Travel Lane County is a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending. In 2012 visitors to Lane County generated more than $555 million in spending for Lane County’s economy. Travel Lane County is funded by room tax paid by visitors using area lodging facilities and campgrounds.

The Council for Responsible Sport’s vision is a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm. Their mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing, and to actively support event organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities. To date, over 78 different events have achieved certification from the Council for Responsible Sport, serving over 1 million athletes in the process. www.CouncilforResponsibleSport.org

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