Old Bill’s and Sustainability
Thanks for joining us on Saturday, September 8th for Old Bill’s 2012. While Old Bill’s has been working towards sustainability for several years, we pursued green event certification this year through the Council for Responsible Sport. We learned in October 2012 that we had achieved Silver Certification! When we are certified this year, we will be the first event in Wyoming to have such an honor. See the Council for Responsible Sport’s webpage for more details.
Old Bill’s reflects our community values, and sustainability is high on the list. We continue to make adjustments to the event to ensure that all of the resources required go further. The following are some of the ways we’re improving Old Bill’s Fun Run:
- START Bus provided free rides to Old Bill’s. A shuttle ran continuously from the Albertson’s stop to the Antler Inn stop from 8:30 to 10am. The bus also ran continuously from the Teton Steakhouse stop to the Albertson’s stop from 11am to 1pm. Additionally, START gave all Old Bill’s participants a free ride from the Stilson lot and back on run day.
- Friends of Pathways once again hosted a bike valet on the Town Square. Enjoy your run, the nonprofit booths and a yogurt parfait knowing that your bike is safe on the Square!
- As always, Jackson Curbside Recycling provided recycling receptacles and disposed of the recycling for no charge to the event.
- Once again, Jackson Community Recycling/Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling provided a container for all of our cardboard recycling.
- Two years ago, we eliminated all plastic water bottles from the event. Since then, we’ve saved about 3,400 bottles from the landfill. Jackson Community Recycling/Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling has manned our water tables for the last two years. We secured compostable cornstarch cups from various Jackson businesses and were able to compost them this year.
- NEW in 2012! We recycled the bibs that competitive runners wore. Those who didn’t want to keep it dropped their bib in the recycle box near the finish line.
- The 2012 tshirt was red and was made from 50% recycled content. This performance material is perfect for all of Jackson’s athletes and is great for wearing around town, too!
- Because raising money for nonprofits is the spirit of Old Bill’s, winners of the runs have always received money to donate to their favorite participating charities rather than a medal. The symbolic big checks that accompany the donor form on run day were made from recycled cardboard by participants of Girls Actively Participating!
- Young Bill’s runners all received a medal symbolizing their accomplishment. This year, the medals were made from recycled materials by the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum. Additionally, Young Bill’s winners each got a re-usable bag made from prior years’ Old Bill’s shirts.
- In an effort to reduce our water footprint, we’ve eliminated ice from the event this year. Our new food plan requires no ice.
- We are proud to say that we are committed to eliminating styrofoam from the event.