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 has been produced by event organizers Surfers of Tomorrow 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 Pismo Beach Open has met the minimum requirements of four of the five Deep Blue Event categories measured:
Waste Diversion: Approximately 80% of waste material was diverted from landfill
Renewable Energy: Electricity was sourced directly from the California grid. Approximately 30% of 2017 retail electricity sales in California were served by renewable energy facilities
Climate Change: The event’s carbon footprint has been calculated, with the aim of offsetting future events managed by Surfers of Tomorrow. [The event did not offset emissions, however reduced its carbon footprint by creating a competition where many of the surfers live in state and did not have to fly to attend]
Community Support: $1,785 was donated to three local non-profits: Surfing for Hope, Still Frothy, and One with Nature. The event also provided visibility via onsite activations for each organization
Transportation: The event worked with local hotels to provide discounts to event participants so that local driving was not required. The Pismo Open also drew a strong group of local athletes and spectators that walked or rode to the event