Did you know we recycle used running shoes and old race medals?

Bring used running shoes to any of our events and drop them off at our registration area and they will be donated to Africa by the More Foundation. More info on all the great work the More Foundation does is below. Same thing goes with any old race medals, simply drop them off or you can mail them to: Sports Medal Recycling 679 Washington St. Unit #8-135, South Attleboro, MA 02703. They recycle the metal and fabric so nothing gets put in a landfill. http://www.sportsmedalrecycling.com/.

Other ways we go green:

1. We have a zero waste mentality. We use reusable water containers (bluewave PBA free) to cut down on plastic, we recycle all paper, donate left over food to local food banks, as well as compost the food scraps. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle as well.

2. Through our Earth Day events we have planted and given out over 7,000 trees and counting. We have also supported other non-profits such as Mangrove Actions Project, Arbor Day Foundation, Teen Feed, Feeding America and more.

3. Help us stay green by purchasing a carbon credit for your travel. See below for how carbon credits work. To purchase carbon credits click here.

The MORE Foundation Group a 501c3 non-profit recycles running shoes to fight poverty and environmental degradation. MORE provides used athletic shoes to street vendors in West Africa.  All proceeds go to seeds, training and tools for the poorest farm families in rural villages. Instead of going to landfills, used running shoes can make a huge difference empowering these families.

The Runners Village:The Runners Village (Ghana, West Africa) is the largest NGO reforestation initiative in West Africa. The Village will be transformed into a sustainable Forest Farm, with a diversity of over 200,000 trees planted by the MORE Foundation this year alone! It will be an agricultural model of free enterprise, sustainable farming, and environmental regeneration. Food, fuel, fiber and increased income from these trees are used to support the farmer stewards of the village.

Help us Go Green!  One pair of used athletic shoes can plant five trees in the Village to remove one ton of carbon from the atmosphere! Please help us off-set our race's carbon footprint and fight poverty. Bring your gently used athletic shoes (running and soccer, sizes 7 – 12 only) for donation to MORE.

For additional information on this wonderful program, visit them at their website or download their brochure.

How carbon offsets work

Farm power

Our farm power projects are all about making the best possible use of animal waste. If you're squeamish about words like "manure" and don't care to envision exactly what "digested solids" are, here's the short story:

your money helps farmers capture and destroy methane, a powerful global warming gas which forms when managing animal waste. Methane is estimated to be 21 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Your money supports the installation and operation of anaerobic digesters, lagoon covers, and electricity generators.

Landfill gas capture

Landfill gas capture system

The trash we bury in landfills decomposes slowly, producing methane which escapes into the atmosphere. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas - about 21 times as powerful as carbon dioxide - so projects which capture and destroy that gas are of great benefit to the climate.

These projects capture the methane from landfills using wells, pipes, blowers and other technology; and destroy the gas by burning it in a flare, by generating electricity, or by sending purified gas to industrial end-users for process heat.

 

Clean energy from wind farms

Most electricity comes from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. These conventional sources produce carbon dioxide emissions. Wind energy, on the other hand, is virtually carbon-free. Funding wind energy helps to lower the proportion of electricity we derive from dirty power sources.

Building and operating a wind farm takes a lot more than a strong breeze. Wind power is more expensive to produce than power from coal and natural gas. This is because electricity is only produced when the wind is blowing, and because the number of kilowatts produced varies depending on wind speed and direction.

 

When TerraPass supports a wind farm, we calculate how much carbon dioxide we're reducing by examining the "carbon profile" of the electricity grid where the energy is produced. This carbon profile is calculated periodically by the US Environmental Protection Agency by examining the carbon dioxide emissions of all commercial energy sources within each regional grid. So, if generating a megawatt-hour of electricity results in emissions of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide within a particular grid, then 100 MWh of clean energy generated within that grid saves 100,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.