June 23, 2014, was the inaugural Banff
Marathon in the Banff National Park and
UNESCO World Heritage site. We were
thrilled to provide Carbon Neutral Service to
such a historic event. The marathon not only
captivated participants with the beauty of the
course but also gained the scrutiny of
environmental groups concerned about
impact to the sensitive ecology of the park.
The marathon drew more than 1,300
participants from 17 countries.
The fact that we operate an N-Viro® facility at the Banff Wastewater Treatment Plant makes us a good partner in creating a more sustainable race. Our Banff operation converts the town’s wastewater treatment residuals (biosolids) and source-separated organic waste into an agricultural fertilizer.
The organic wastes from the Banff Marathon were processed at the N-Viro® facility into N-Rich®, a nutrient-rich soil amendment. We also developed, with the Banff Marathon Sustainability Committee, a 2-year carbon management strategy to measure, reduce and offset unavoidable emissions for the event.
The targeted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the 2014 Banff Marathon encompassed all operations offices and race activities as well as the 61 athletes travelling from China. Participants’ travel is the greatest carbon impact of the Banff Marathon.