Sustainability Action Plan for Velo-City 2012

The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Sport and Sustainability and Velo-City 2012 engaged in a joint initiative to demonstrate how the event can be operated more sustainably.

Project objectives
  1. Apply relevant sustainability principles and guidelines to the planning and operations phases of Velo-City 2012
  2. Identify opportunities for sustainability initiatives spanning environmental, social, and economic spheres of impact

By applying Canadian Standards Association Z-2010: Requirements and Guidance for Organizers of Sustainable Events, the Centre for Sport and Sustainability and Velo-City 2012 worked together to assess potential sustainability targets, risks, and opportunities.

Sustainability issues and objectives addressed
  • Energy Usage
  • Water Conservation, Use, and Quality
  • Managing Consumption and Waste
  • Green House Gas Emission Offsets
  • Transportation
  • Sustainable Purchasing
  • Accessibility and Social Inclusion
  • Sponsorship
  • Venue Location and Accommodation
  • Food and Beverage Catering
  • Food Waste
  • Communications

With an eye to the future, the Centre for Sport and Sustainability recommended a range of sustainability indicators drawn from the Global Reporting Initiative’s G3.1 Guidelines and Event Organizers’ Sector Supplement to be applied in the drafting of a comprehensive sustainability report.

For more information

Caitlin Pentifallo (project lead)
PhD Student, UBC School of Kinesiology