Green the Games

Green Mission Statement

To help raise awareness of environmental issues related to sport and minimize the impact of the games on the environment.

Why Green the Games?

Human activity can have harmful effects on ecological systems and public health by contributing to serious environmental concerns such as deforestation, global warming, water pollution, and biodiversity loss. Recognizing this, the 2019 55+ BC Games is committed to reducing our environmental footprint and promoting environmental stewardship at all levels of our Games.

The most basic reason to Green the 55+ BC Games is sustainability.

Sustainability contributes to environmental benefits such as:

  •    reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air contaminants;
  •   improving energy and water efficiency;
  •    reducing waste and supporting reuse and recycling;
  •    using renewable resources;
  •    conserving natural resources; and
  •    reducing toxic and hazardous substances.

Ways to Go Green

The 55+ BC Games will strive to identify and purchase environmentally preferable, locally sourced supplies and services for all games and events where economically feasible. Wherever possible, we will strive to minimize pollution and waste, conserve energy and water, protect habitats, support renewable energy resources, buy environmentally intelligent products, and encourage environmentally preferable transportation.

These efforts will extend to contractor and supplier relationships, where we will encourage contractors and suppliers serving or otherwise acting on behalf of the Games to meet the standards of environmental performance outlined in our Green Procurement Policy.

Participants, volunteers and fans all play a role in supporting these goals. Some of the ways to support this initiative include:

  1.   Use a reusable water bottle, drink or food container.
  2.    Walk, cycle, take a bus or shuttle, or car pool.
  3.    Use eco-friendly, local products.
  4.    Use cloth bags – avoid plastic bags.
  5.    Recycle properly. Put waste, recycling and refundable items in their proper bins.
  6.    Take home your non-recyclable items. Leave no footprint.
  7.    Encourage others to do the same.

What can be recycled?

  • Cardboard and boxboard
  • Paper cups and lids
  • Spiral wound paper cans and lids
  • Paper, newspaper, magazines
  • Plastic containers and lids
  • Aluminum, tin cans and lids
  • Microwavable paper containers
  • Plastic coated cartons
  • Frozen food packaging

What is refundable?

  • Beverage cans
  • Plastic water and beverage bottles
  • Juice boxes

What can be taken to the Depot?

  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Glass
  • Bubble wrap
  • Stand-up packaging and plastic wrap (zipper lock plastic)
  • Crinkly wrappers and bags
  • Woven Net and Plastic Bags
  • Shipping Envelopes and Bubble wrap
Let’s support the United Nations Sustainability Goals!

Help us Green the Games!

If you would like to volunteer with the Environment team, select Administration – Environment when registering online.

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