Safeguarding the environment has become increasingly critical and World Rowing wants to acknowledge this. The 2019 Sustainability Award is World Rowing’s chance to recognise what you are doing to help the environment.

This is the second year of the Award with the inaugural award being won by ‘Love Where You Row’ (United States). This project has now been going for five years and is working to clean and maintain the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Spearheaded by Alan Robinson and the Schuylkill Navy they have implemented a number of zero waste and zero litter initiatives at regattas taking place on the river.

“We know that rowers care deeply about the environment and the waters they row on, and that there are creative and innovative projects happening around the world,” says FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland. “We want to not only acknowledge and recognise them for the good work they are doing, but also to share their stories so that others can pick up ideas and imitate them.”

The Award is open to member federations, clubs, event organising committees or other rowing organisations that have implemented an innovative project to deliver a positive sustainability impact, or that have demonstrated sound sustainability practices on an ongoing basis.

The organisation can be nominated by its own members or another individual or oranisation.

The winner of the Award will be selected by the sustainability panel, made up of representatives of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sustainability Department, WWF International, FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland and Olympic Champion and Kafue River and Rowing Centre Ambassador, Kim Brennan.

Nominations will close 30 September 2019. The finalists will be announced 11 October and then the winner will be announced during the World Rowing Gala Dinner on 22 November 2019.

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