Peters added: “We’ve enjoyed great acceptance over the past six years, with over 70 events earning certification from the Council. And we’ve learned something from working with each and every event. In regards to the development of our updated certification standards, we’re particularly grateful to the organizers of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, the 2012 ParalympicsGB Preparation Camp, the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, the 2013 Division 1 NCAA Track & Field Championships and the 2013 Big O Roller Derby Tournament, all of whom provided valuable feedback throughout the pilot process of developing our new standards.”
In addition to field-testing the new certification standards at pilot events, a draft of the standards was circulated to some 50 stakeholders last fall for feedback. Lessons learned from the pilot events and comments received from stakeholders were then reconciled and finally published as v4.1 on January 14, 2014.
In preparation for the introduction of the new certification standards, Council staff worked closely with Melissa Tatge Creative LLC on a complete overhaul of the Council’s Web site (www.CouncilForResponsibleSport.org). Objectives of the redesign were: to more clearly present how the Council supports, certifies and celebrates responsibly produced sports events; to provide a simplified process for event organizers who want to get started on the certification process; and to enhance the Council’s social media presence with an Instagram photo gallery that features pictures submitted by event organizers and participants, showing what they think #responsiblesport looks like (http://www.councilforresponsiblesport.org/what-does-responsible-sport-look-like/) .
Event organizers interested in certification are invited to start the process here: http://www.councilforresponsiblesport.org/get-started/
About the Council for Responsible Sport:
When the Council for Responsible Sport was founded in late 2007, our founders’ vision was of a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm; that remains our vision today as we support, certify and celebrate responsibly produced sports events.
The mission of the Council for Responsible Sport is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing, and to actively support event organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities.
Our Certification program provides a comprehensive method for event organizers to incorporate environmental and socially responsible initiatives into their events, while informing stakeholders about events that adhere to a rigorous set of standards. Certified events range in size from ParalympicsGB Preparation Camps held at the University of Bath in the UK, with some 150 athletes participating, to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with more than 500,000 spectators over the course of the week-long event.
The Council for Responsible Sport is an Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.