Working with Pennsylvania Resources Council, P3R diverted 92 percent of the event’s waste from landfills
(PITTSBURGH, PA) – P3R announced today that the 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh weekend of events was the greenest to-date with 92% of the event’s waste diverted from landfills, an increase of two percent from last year.
Since 2011, P3R staff has worked with Zero Waste Pennsylvania, a project of the Pennsylvania Resources Council to create a comprehensive Zero Waste Program at every stage of race weekend. They’ve created a system that runs from the start line through the finish line festival to collect and sort as much material as possible that is reusable, compostable or recyclable.
P3R works with several community organizations to achieve green initiatives, such as transforming vacant lots on the course to community gardens and/or art spaces; composting banana peels; recycling water bottles and cups; recycling heat sheets; and donating clothes left by runners to Goodwill.
“P3R is committed to making sure the city looks just as beautiful — or even more beautiful — after the race as it did before,” said P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros. “With more than 4,000 volunteers, 40,000 runners and up to 200,000 spectators each year, this is a challenge, but one that P3R is tackling with a comprehensive approach to ‘greening’ the race and promoting sustainability.”
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s high-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active. For more information, visit www.P3R.org.