Clean Air Council

Green Run

Every year the Run for Clean Air pledges and becomes a certified green run by AFitPlanet. The Clean Air Council takes great pride in its ongoing efforts to keep pushing the limits of the event’s sustainability

What are some things we do to keep the Run for Clean Air sustainable?

• Power the event with solar energy!                              • Run shirts are made with recycled materials!

• Recyclable Run bibs printed with soy-based inks!
• Paperless on-site Run registration!                                  • Offer a free bike valet for participants!

The 2017 Run for Clean Air has pledged to a green run through partner AFitPlanet. In order to obtain certification and achieve the Pledge of Sustainability, the Council has to pledge to perform all of the required practices, and a minimum of four of the elective practices.


  • Reduce paper waste by requiring at least 80% of total pre-registered race field to register online – only option for paper registration is at the event.
  • No mailing of paper registration forms. (Takes effect within 24 hours of signing the Pledge)
  • Provide recycling bins at the event and recycle cardboard, paper, plastic and other materials
  • Provide information to athletes about public transportation options and/or provide them with ride-share options on your website.


  • No standard cotton t-shirts for athletes. Offer t-shirts made from organic cotton, recycled polyester, bamboo, or other environmentally friendly material.
  • Offer a clothing and/or shoe recycling/reuse program (old running shoes and apparel can be recycled and/or contributed to charity organizations)
  • All paper used to promote the event is at least 20% post-consumer recycled stock.
  • Provide race bags (AKA swag or goodie bags) that are recyclable and/or reusable.
  • No single-use disposable plastic bottles for water or sports drink distributed at the finish line.
  • Provide green portable toilets that use non-toxic deodorizer and recycled toilet paper and paper towels.
  • At least 80% of all marketing and participant communications facilitated through email or website updates instead of paper mail.
  • Reuse at least 80% of all signage for the event.
  • For new signage, purchase recyclable or biodegradable materials for signs and banners. (We recommend you use non-toxic inks.)
  • At least 25% of all power used during the event is supplied from renewable sources such as solar, wind or bio-fuels either directly or indirectly through renewable energy credits or carbon offsets.
  • Utilize bicycles, electric scooters, electric motorcycles, or electric/hybrid cars for pace and lead vehicles.
  • Provide environmental education as part of expo and/or race-day presentations (e.g. speakers, booth space for environmental organizations, and green product and service companies)
  • Source sustainable finisher medals such as recycled/recyclable lanyards and metal and/or locally made medals from recycled materials.
  • Provide composting for pre- and post-event meals. (using biodegradable/compostable tableware as well, such as plates, cups, knives and forks made from PLA.)
  • Donate unused food to a charity such as a homeless shelter or soup kitchen.
  • Offset at least 10% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the race through sponsorships, a percent of the race fee, voluntary contributions from athletes, or other means.
  • Encourage athletes to support an environmental initiative important to the Event by either volunteering time or donating money. This could be a local environmental project or cause or a national or international environmental charity.
  • Serve at least some locally grown, fresh food at pre- and/or post-race meals.

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