The 2016 Boulder Ironman competition has earned the Council of Responsible Sport's Evergreen sustainability status, the highest certification available from the Oregon-based group.

The event is the first triathlon to achieve such a status, according to a news release Monday.

"Ironman Boulder is committed not only the zero waste principles of our community but also to going above and beyond," Kara Mertz, Boulder's environmental program manager, said in a statement. "The city is participating in a grant this year to help outline best practices and create resources for other events aiming towards social, economic and environmental sustainability; and Boulder is proud to host Ironman and Ironman 70.3 — they are models to which others can aspire."

Ironman worked with Waste Management on its sustainability initiatives, including the offset of 100 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions from event operations by purchasing 10 MTCO2e through the Colorado Carbon Fund, collecting bike inner tubes and tires for reuse through TerraCycle, and the donation of 5,621 pounds of unused, perishable food and 9,022 pounds of bottled water to Community Food Share in Louisville. according to the release.

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