SUP magazine is pleased to announce the 2017 Pacific Paddle Games has officially been designated as a Deep Blue Event by Sustainable Surf!

A Deep Blue Event is a more "Ocean Friendly" event that sets a clear path for reducing environmental impacts, while also providing social benefits for the local community.

This sustainability report is a transparent description of the sustainability performance of the event, and includes measured data, photos, and suggestions for improvement. It is based on the international standard for sustainable event reporting – the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

The 2017 Pacific Paddle Games has exceeded the minimum requirements of all of the five Deep Blue Event categories measured:

  1. Waste Diversion: Approximately 65 percent of waste material was diverted from landfill
  2. Renewable Energy: Solar energy was generated onsite providing the power requirements for the 'command center' throughout the event – accounting for approximately 50% of total energy use
  3. Climate Change: 50% of the event's carbon footprint is being offset
  4. Community Support: $2,110 was donated to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association and provided visibility to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, Young and Brave, Plastic Tides and Sustainable Surf
  5. Transportation: Greener transport options were promoted in pre-event communications and via the PPG website.

Access the full report here.