2015 Volcom Totally Crustaceous Tour Championships
The 2015 Volcom Totally Crustaceous Tour Global Championships in Newport Beach and Lower Trestles has been designated as a Deep Blue Surfing Event™.
A Deep Blue Surfing Event is a more “Ocean Friendly” event that sets a clear path for reducing environmental and community impacts of a professional surfing contest. This sustainability report is a transparent description of the sustainability performance of the event, and includes measured data, photos and videos, and suggestions for improvement. It is based on the international standard for sustainable event reporting – the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Deep Blue Surfing Events address impacts directly related to the local contest area, including waste reduction, protection of natural resources, and the building of stronger communities. They also reduce direct threats to the global sport of surfing itself, such as: sea level rise, ocean acidification, and the loss of the world’s living coral reefs, which leading scientific institutions warn are already harming our oceans, waves and beaches.
* The 2015 Volcom TCT Global Chmapionships event has exceeded the minimum requirements in three of the five categories measured (Waste Diversion, Community Outreach, and Climate Change).
To receive a Deep Blue Surfing Event designation, an event is required to reduce environmental and social impacts of the event. It must also develop a data collection plan to measure performance on impact reduction, and this data must show that it has met minimum goals for at least two of the five major categories of environmental and social impacts.
Sustainability Performance Summary:
- Waste Diversion: 57% of waste diverted from landfill
- Renewable Energy: Did not use biodiesel fuel to power the contest generators
- Climate Change: 100% of CO2 footprint mitigated (557 tons CO2e)
- Community Support: Supported local community organizations with $5,000 in donations
- Transportation: Did not provide or promote alternative transportation for athletes, staff, and spectators
The Volcom Totally Crustaceous Tour is a youth surf tour for ages 20 and under. Now in its 15th year, The TCT comprises multiple domestic and international events, culminating in the TCT Global Championships. This report evaluates the environmental practices at the Global Championships, a two-part contest held in Newport Beach June 13-14th and at Lower Trestles June 22-23rd, 2015.
* The 2015 Volcom TCT Championships has exceeded the minimum goal for Waste Diversion with a total diversion ratio of 57%
ASP Green Guidelines Recommendation: Implement a comprehensive management and diversion strategy to limit event waste. Minimum goal is 25% of total event waste is diverted from landfill.
Volcom used a back-of-house waste diversion strategy to achieve its recycling goals. Event waste collection was done with single stream containers, i.e., the event only had waste bins set up. However, Volcom worked with CR&R Waste & Recycling Services to implement back-of-house sorting at their materials recovery facility (MRF), known as a “murph”. Recyclables were sorted at this facility, but compost was not.
The waste collected at these TCT events was not weighed. Instead, Volcom relied on CR&R’s estimated average waste diversion rate, which is 57%. It is therefore estimated that at least 57% of the waste at these events was diverted from the landfill through the use of MRF sorting.
Volcom included signage on the waste bins informing attendees of their commitment to recycle via a post-event sorting program. Signage also discouraged attendees from littering.
Suggestions for improvement: Food waste, which accounts for a large and heavy percentage of waste at events, was not diverted due to lack of composting. It is suggested that Volcom pursue composting options at the next TCT event. Though front-end waste diversion is often challenging because it relies on the diligence of event attendees, implementing a multi-stream waste collection system (recycling, trash and possibly compost bins at the event), sends the message that Volcom cares about environmental responsibility and encourages attendees to do the same.
* The 2015 Volcom TCT did not meet the minimum goal for sourcing renewable energy.
ASP Green Guidelines Recommendation: Source significant portion of power from clean, renewable energy sources. Minimum goal is 25% renewable energy utilization for event’s power needs.
The Volcom TCT used 50 gallons of fuel in the generators that powered the event. These generators run on “Tier 4” engines, which are considered high efficiency with regard to fuel consumption and meet requirements by the state of California. However, the fuel used to power the engines was regular diesel that did not incorporate any amount of biodiesel.
Suggestions for Improvement: We suggest that the Volcom TCT try harder next year to use B20 biodiesel. They had a sign proclaiming B20, but it wasn’t actually used by the event organizer. It shouldn’t be that hard to source B20 for the 2016 event.
* The 2015 Volcom TCT has exceeded the minimum goal for Community Support by providing support and visibility for several community group partners including the San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation.
ASP Green Guidelines Recommendation: Support and showcase the efforts of local environmental and social organizations, and include them as stakeholders for possible event legacy efforts. Minimum goal is to support at least one NGO working on a local issue relevant to the event.
The Volcom TCT supported the San Onofre Parks Foundation with a charitable contribution of $5,000. Funds were generated by the sale of Volcom’s “True to Trestles” merchandise line (which includes t-shirts, hats and reusable bottles) and through a general donation from Volcom.
The San Onofre Foundation (SOF) is a non-profit “whose mission is to provide education, protection, and preservation for the California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches.” The $5,000 contribution will be used to purchase sleeping bags for innercity students who come to camp at San Onofre, and the rest of the funds will be used to youth programs through the year.
Organizations such as SOF and the Surfrider Foundation were invited to have booths at the event to showcase their nonprofit work.
Volcom also put out a number of educational information signs, which were classy and provided a nice touch to the event.
Suggested improvements: There are no suggested improvements. The community support from the 2015 Volcom TCT was solid. Keep up the good work for next year!
* The 2015 Volcom TCT has exceeded the minimum goal for Climate Impact through offsetting 100% of the measured CO2 footprint of the event.
ASP Green Guidelines Recommendation: Calculate the total CO2 footprint of event, and mitigate it by purchasing verified carbon offset credits or otherwise through direct actions taken at event. Minimum Goal: 50% of CO2 footprint of event offset or mitigated.
The total overall estimated footprint for the event is 557 tons CO2e. By far the most significant contributor to the CO2e count was air travel by competitors and their companions, as well as car travel to the events by competitors, attendees and staff.
The 2015 TCT has offset 100% of these carbon emissions for the event with verified carbon credits from the (which project?).
Mitigating the event’s CO2 footprint helps reduce direct threats to surfing from climate change/global warming such as: sea level rise, ocean acidification, reduced wave heights and loss of coral reefs globally.
Suggested improvements: There are no suggested improvements to reduce the event’s carbon footprint, except for the use of biodiesel discussed above. Volcom’s commitment to 100% offset purchases is the best solution to the carbon footprint of the event.
* The 2015 Volcom TCT did not meet the minimum goal for providing greener transportation options with shuttle services for event staff, athletes and media personnel.
ASP Green Guidelines Recommendation: Enable shuttle services, source hybrid/alternative energy powered vehicles, and encourage the use of public and alternative transportation for event spectators. Minimum Goal: provide shuttle service to and from event for event staff, and/or encourage and facilitate the use of human powered modes of transport such as biking, skateboarding and walking by local spectators.
The authors on this report are Gabriella Aoun, Kevin Whilden, and Michael Stewart of Sustainable Surf.
Special thanks to Nathan Peracciny for the amazing work done to document all the sustainability efforts at the 2015 Volcom TCT through video and photos (used extensively throughout this report).
Extra Special thanks goes to Derek Sabori, VP of Sustainability at Volcom, for his leadership and general stoke for wanting to highlight sustainability at Volcom’s major surf contests, and for supporting and showcasing all of the partners that make a sustainable surf contest possible.