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Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

Sustainability at the Vans Triple Crown

Oct 16, 2016

As part of a multi-year effort, Vans Triple Crown will divert waste from the landfill, utilize renewable energy to power the contest and webcast, support local community groups and charities, encourage alternative transportation, and offset the carbon emissions of the event.

Vans Triple Crown Raises Bar for Sustainable Events
This year at the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing the action won't be just in the water, but on the beach, too. Vans, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and WSL Hawaii have teamed up to put sustainability and resource management measures in place for the 2016 Hawaiian contest season. The Vans Triple Crown strives to make a positive impact through environmental leadership, education and social responsibility.

For the 4th year in a row, Vans, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and WSL Hawaii have teamed up to put sustainability and resource management measures in place for the 2016 Hawaiian contest season. The Vans Triple Crown strives to make a positive impact through environmental leadership, education and social responsibility.

These actions protect the environment of the North Shore of Oahu and support the local community and economy. They also reduce direct threats to the sport of surfing itself, by minimizing the event’s contribution to marine plastic pollution, sea level rise, and ocean acidification.

During the Hawaiian Pro alone, the first jewel of the 2015 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, there were 12,461 bottles of water saved due to the implementation of the Flo Water refill stations.

As part of their sustainability commitment, Vans will publish a transparent report that shows the data and stories around the sustainable actions associated with the event. The report from the Vans Triple Crown 2013 and 2014 are available online. Vans intends to improve on this year’s performance from the lessons learned over the last two years.

Vans is demonstrating leadership in sustainable sporting events by implementing sustainable solutions in the five key areas of impacts from surf contests.

The waste diversion process starts with people allocating their trash into the clearly labeled bins.

The waste diversion process starts with people allocating their trash into the clearly labeled bins.

The waste diversion process starts with people allocating their trash into the clearly labeled bins.

Waste Diversion and Composting

Vans has hired Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to implement comprehensive resource management. All trash from the event and spectators will be recycled or composted as much as possible. In 2014 Sustainable Coastlines was able to recycle or compost 60% of the waste created across all three contests. Composting of food waste will be performed in partnership with EM Hawaii, LLC utilizing high quality EM® Bokashi.

Biodiesel Powers the Event

The generators that power the event and webcast will be running on biodiesel fuel produced by Pacific Biodiesel. This clean, renewable fuel is made in Hawaii from cooking oil collected from Turtle Bay Resort and local restaurants. Your dinner at local Hawaii restaurants can actually produce the fuel that powers the Triple Crown and provides jobs in Hawaii.

Community Support

The Triple Crown has a history of supporting local community groups on the North Shore. In 2014, over $72,000 of donations and in-kind support was generated, making a positive impact in the daily lives of North Shore residents.

Transportation

Public transportation is a viable option that eliminates parking hassles, and reduces the environmental impact of the event. North Shore buses are Routes 52, 55, 88A (full info here), and you can also park at Turtle Bay Resort and ride their hourly shuttles ($20-25 fee round-trip).

Protecting Hawaii’s Reefs and Beaches

The Vans Triple Crown is working hard up front to reduce all ocean impacts from the event. Beach cleanups will happen after every contest day. Some impacts, like the carbon footprint of air travel for athletes, are impossible to reduce – so Vans supports forest conservation projects that mitigate the effects of these carbon emissions and help protect Hawaii’s coral reefs and beaches from the effects of ocean acidification and sea level rise.

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