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Air Force Marathon joins United Nations for Climate Action

The Air Force Marathon has signed on to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change to continue their efforts to make a difference in the environment and community by minimizing waste and improve conservation. One of the several initiatives that will be taken at this year’s marathon is heat sheets that are handed out to runners at the finish line will now be made out of recycled material and after use, they are collected and recycled into other products. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante)

The Air Force Marathon has signed on to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change to continue their efforts to make a difference in the environment and community by minimizing waste and improve conservation. One of the several initiatives that will be taken at this year’s marathon is heat sheets that are handed out to runners at the finish line will now be made out of recycled material and after use, they are collected and recycled into other products. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante)

Rachael McKinney, Air Force Marathon events coordinator and Green Program lead, models the tote bag that will be given away to the “Fly Fight Win” challenge participants. The bag was made from sections of a former finish line chute at a previous race. (Courtesy photo)

Rachael McKinney, Air Force Marathon events coordinator and Green Program lead, models the tote bag that will be given away to the “Fly Fight Win” challenge participants. The bag was made from sections of a former finish line chute at a previous race. (Courtesy photo)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Taking another step further to minimize waste and improve conservation, the Air Force Marathon office has signed on to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“Continuing our efforts to make a difference in the environment and community, we have signed on with other sports entities to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” said Rachael McKinney, Air Force Marathon events coordinator and Green Program lead.

Earlier this year, the marathon office made the decision to become more environmentally conscious and some of those initiatives will be seen at the finish line on Sept. 21.

Falling under the category of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action, The UN Climate Change invites sports organizations to join the initiative to achieve the goal of global climate change.

By joining the movement, the marathon office will commit to adhere to the five principles of the UN Climate Change: undertake systematic efforts to promote a greater responsibility, reduce overall climate impact, educate for climate action, promote sustainable and responsible consumption, and advocate for climate action through communication.

“Signing on is an affirmation of the Air Force Marathon to support the endeavors of the United Nations in doing our part to making a difference in our environment,” said McKinney.

One of the first noticeable actions to educate the community on the UN Climate Change initiative, in partnership with Greene County Recycling, an educational booth will be set up at the marathon expo on Sept. 19 and 20.

On race day, other initiatives that will be seen this year is the elimination of trash bins. Instead of trash bins located throughout, trash stations will be set up where volunteers will assist sorting trash to reduce the amount sent to landfills. In addition, any left-over food will be donated and compostable waste will be turned into compost for use in improving local soil.

Also, heat sheets that are handed out to runners at the finish line will now be made out of recycled material and after use, they are collected and recycled into other products.

McKinney said that along with the Air Force Marathon, other sports organizations have signed on with the UN Climate Change initiative such as the Chicago, Flying Pig and Marine Corps marathons as well as the NBA and New York Yankees.

The 2019 Air Force Marathon is presented by Northrop Grumman, USAA and Boeing and is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. The Sports & Fitness expo is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 20. The Breakfast of Champions is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, from 8 to 10 a.m. and the Gourmet Pasta Dinner is scheduled for Friday evening, starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information about the Air Force Marathon go to www.usafmarathon.com.