In this section we’ll discuss a few specific ways you can reduce the climate footprint of travel and operations.
Public transport is not a viable option for many events for a variety of reasons: the event starts before public transportation is operating; you can’t take your bike on the bus, etc. In these cases, you might consider contacting the public transport authority to arrange for ‘enhanced’ service on the day of the event to accommodate athletes and spectators. Earlier operating times, more train cars, free admittance for athletes, etc.
There are a number of ways to promote ride sharing. These range from a mention on your website to providing a link to a unique ride share software option. You can also offer VIP parking to athletes and spectators who ride share. Ideally, you should provide an option for athletes in online registration for them to sign up for a ride share program.
FitPlanet works with ride-share provider PickupPal, one of the largest ride share providers in North America. PickupPal can customize a webpage specific to your event and FitPlanet can provide you with the language and logo that you can add to your registration page. Athletes can either offer or ask for a ride. This service is free for you and free for the athlete. Click here to view the module you can place on your registration page.
Using the FitPlanet PickupPal option will satisfy R5 of the Pledge of Sustainability and is free to the event organizer and the athletes.
FitPlanet recommends you locate your expo in a facility that uses alternate energy to power the building such as solar, hydro, or wind power. If the facility relies on coal-fired power plants, then you might consider purchasing carbon offsets or renewable energy credits. (See Offset section).
We also recommend you communicate with your exhibitors before the event to encourage them to consider ways to reduce the climate footprint of their participation at the expo. This includes using fuel-efficient vehicles, ride sharing or using public transport to get to and from the expo. Of course, the same goes for expo attendees.