Austin Marathon Goes Green for Fourth Year in a Row

The LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon®  is reducing its carbon footprint in partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company!  For the fourth year in a row, Austin Marathon participants can run confidently knowing that they are helping neutralize their impact on Mother Earth.

When registering for the Marathon, runners are able to purchase a $3 Green Ticket to help offset a portion of the CO2 emissions created by their travel to the event.  Each purchase supports certified carbon offset projects and helps take action against climate change by balancing out 220 pounds of CO2 emissions.

In 2011, runners took action by purchasing over 1,075 Green Tickets. This program resulted in the purchase of over 235,000 pounds of carbon offsets from the SouthTex Greenwood Farms Landfill in Tyler, TX. This purchase has the same environmental benefit as:

  • Approximately 265,000 miles not driven
  • Nearly 70,000 houses turning off lights for one day; or
  • Recycling a stack of newspaper over 7,500 feet high!

To date, Austin Marathon  runners have purchased over 2,125 Green Tickets, which has helped balance out over 935,000 pounds of CO2 emissions!

The 2012 Austin Marathon takes place February 19.  Didn’t get a chance to purchase your $3 Green Ticket when registering for the 2012 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon®?  It’s not too late!  Green Mountain offers Carbon Offsets & RECs to help you neutralize your travel to the event.  Get started by calculating your carbon footprint.