Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development Policy Group Copley World Triathlon

In order to better manage the resources we use, this sustainable development policy aims to take concrete actions during the various events organized, in order to reduce our environmental impact and minimize our ecological footprint, while taking into account the social and economic spheres. These sustainable practices are applied before, during and after the event. In this way, we want sustainability to be the common thread in every action we take. In accordance with the standards established by Triathlon Quebec and World Triathlon, we are implementing various actions for our 2022 edition that meet the standards of the Gold certification.

Our commitments 

Respect for the environment is important to us and is at the heart of our decisions. We have therefore put in place objectives and measures in order to obtain the ÉcoTQ Gold certification. The criteria of the International Triathlon Federation's sustainable development guide were also taken into consideration. These objectives will allow us to establish ourselves as an eco-responsible event.


Objectives :


Reduce the impact of our event on the environment

Means to achieve this:

  • Promote the principles of 3R-V;
  • Eliminate Styrofoam, number 6 plastic, plastic water bottles (except for the elites), plastic bags and overpackaging;
  • Install sorting stations and ensure recycling of plastic/cardboard/paper;
  • Have a goal of diverting 80% of our waste;
  • Improve our management of residual materials;
  • Recycle masks;
  • Reuse our posters/coroplast in future years, when possible;
  • Leave the site in its original state after the event;
  • Bring lost items to the ecocentre;
  • Conduct a post-event survey to evaluate our implemented measures and assess where improvements can be made.


Reduce food-related waste

Means to achieve this:

  • Redistribute surplus food;
  • Use reusable or compostable glasses and plates (utensils);
  • Use recycled, unbleached napkins;
  • Offering a vegetarian option and organic and local foods, when possible;


Reduce GHG emissions and promote sustainable transportation and travel

Means to achieve this:

  • Offer voluntary carbon footprint offsets for participants at registration;
  • Choose local suppliers, where possible;
  • Encourage voluntary GHG offsetting with a booth at the event;
  • Offset our GHG emissions with an eco-responsible partner, when the budget allows;
  • Encourage carpooling to the event (Facebook page of carpooling Triathlon Quebec);
  • Reduce our energy consumption during the event.


Raise awareness and educate about the environment

Means to achieve this:

  • Train volunteers as eco-responsibility ambassadors and raise awareness among exhibitors;
  • Communicate and promote the eco-responsible measures put in place;
  • Offer the green medal option;
  • Offer eco-responsible products as gifts;
  • Hold a kiosk and environmental awareness activities;
  • Set up a green brigade during the event;
  • Encourage our partners to implement sustainable practices.


To have a positive impact on our community

Means to achieve this:

  • Recognize and value the involvement of our volunteers at events;
  • Create a sense of community among our volunteers;
  • Offer an opportunity to compete in triathlon to all age groups and at different levels (amateur and elite);
  • To donate the proceeds from the GHG offsets to an environmentally responsible organization;
  • Promote partnerships with local businesses and/or socially involved in the community.


Come on, let's all take up the challenge to deliver a greener and more sustainable event!