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Thanks for enabling us to make a sizable contribution to 1% for the Planet.  This year's donations to the below organizations totaled over $60,000.  1% for the Planet accomplishes several objectives for us.  We are part of an international group tied together by our focus on environmental relief.  1% is 1%.  The math is perfect and although 1% of sales is a lot especially for a retailer, we like the responsibility.  Lastly, we give all local so although 1% for the Planet is an international organization all Charm City Run donations stay local.  If we ask you to shop local, shouldn't we give local?  Thanks for making this awesome donation possible!

Patuxent River Keeper

Assateauge Coastal Trust 

Oyster Recovery Partnership

Chesapeake Bay Foundation 

Irvine Nature Center

Blue Water Baltimore 

National Aquarium- Animal Rescue Program

Wildlife Habitat Council 

Trees for the Future

Parks and People Foundation

ChesapeakeClimate Action Network 

Severn River Keepers

Midshore River Keepers 

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief- Red Cross

For more information on 1% for the Planet, please visit their website:

The Environment is important to us as it should be to everyone.  One of the best benefits of having a business is that you get to craft the image and culture of your business in the community that it serves.  This is a wonderful opportunity and an enormous responsibility.  To be honest, it is sometimes inefficient and very costly to do the right thing.  However, it is irresponsible to do anything else but our very best. We will lead by example.  We will:


  • Continue to use post-use recycled brown shopping bags which cost on the average 5 -20 times as much as regular shopping bags

  • Ask you if you want a bag

  • Keep the floor temperature 1 degree higher (in the summer) and 1 degree lower (in the winter) on average.  If you would like us to turn it down or up, please ask.

  • Recycle all paper products including all footwear shipping boxes, all shoe boxes left here and paper that we use

  • Recycle all bottles and cans

  • Buy only recycled paper for our printers

  • Recycle all footwear.  We are proud members of "Souls for Souls" and donate used shoes to the homeless, refugees abroad and other third world countries.  Anything that cannot be donated, the rubber is recycled to create more running tracks both locally and nationally.

  • Continue to make an apparel donation to Goodwill at the end of each calendar year.


We see a lot of runners and know that there is a lot of waste going on at running events in and around the area. As part of all Charm City Run events we will:

  • Provide more water in coolers and less bottled water.  Please hydrate as usual but when you go for seconds and thirds, please fill up at the coolers.

  • We will have large recycle bins for bottles and cans, please throw only these items in the bins.

  • Continue to ask you to register online as frequently as possible

  • Reduce the number of brochures that we print on an annual basis

  • Ask you if you are picking up multiple packets for a race and if we can stuff race materials all in one bag.

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