An environment and sustainability programme for this December's Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships has been launched in Perth by the West Australian Minister for the Environment.
In a ceremony on the Perth city foreshore, the Minister for Environment, the Hon. Bill Marmion, watched as an Olympic class Laser dinghy skippered by Beijing gold medallist Tessa Parkinson made a symbolic delivery of Mallee Eucalypt saplings being planted for Perth 2011 in the WA wheat belt to help offset carbon emissions from the ISAF Sailing World Championships, before announcing the programme.
WA 2011 Pty Ltd (Perth 2011) Chairman and former Federal Minister for Environment Hon. Ian Campbell said, "Perth will play host to the best sailors in the world in December and to spread the message about our environment and our commitment to it is a great thing."
Competitors and officials at the World Championships are being encouraged to "purchase" a tree to be planted in a Perth 2011 Forest and leave a lasting legacy from the event.
"I encourage the athletes, officials and all supporters of the World Championships to get behind the environmental initiatives and to leave a positive legacy for Western Australia,"
Mr Campbell said.
"While sailing is generally perceived as a 'clean' sport, there are still many areas where its impact on the environment can be minimised,"
"The Perth 2011 Forest is one step along this process, allowing people to offset carbon emissions with the planting of a tree, but the Forest is just one aspect of a wider effort we hope will be embraced in the lead up to and throughout the World Sailing Championships here in Perth."
The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, 3-18 December 2011, will see 1200 athletes from 80 nations competing in Perth for 10 World Titles and the chance to represent their country at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
To demonstrate the organiser's genuine commitment to sustainability, Perth 2011's first commercial partnership was with Carbon Conscious.
Carbon Conscious CEO Peter Balsarini said, "Our partnership with Perth 2011 has demonstrated world's best practice in creating a clean, green international sporting event, and the carbon abatement benefits of the Perth 2011 Forest will continue to generate environmental benefits for many decades to come."
More recently Perth 2011 has also partnered with Greensense. These organisations will assist Perth 2011 to accurately measure the "carbon footprint" of the World Championships and to offset its direct emissions and the Perth 2011 Forest plays a large part in that effort.
From these partnerships, the Perth 2011 Environment and Sustainability Programme was born and a key component of this programme is the Perth 2011 Forest which has been established by Carbon Conscious at Bonnie Rock in the WA wheat belt. To date 7792 trees have been planted.
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships will take place in Fremantle, Western Australia for the ten events of the Olympic Sailing Competition.
Racing is scheduled to take place from 3 to 18 December. As well as hosting the battle for World Championship glory, Perth 2011 is the principal qualification regatta for the sailing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games where 75% of the national places will be decided.
The nine fleet racing events will all sail an opening series before the top ten in each event contest a double-points Medal Race to decide the final positions. The Medal Races have a target time of approximately 30 minutes and will take place close to the shore to allow spectators ashore to get close up to the action.
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