In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the impact of human activities on the environment. As a result, many individuals and organisations have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint and promote sustainability. In this context, the concept of “green sports” has emerged as a way to promote environmentally responsible practices in the world of sports.
A green sports organisation is one that promotes sustainable and environmentally responsible practices in all aspects of sports. This can include everything from the design and construction of sports facilities to the day-to-day operations of sports teams and events. The goal of a green sports organisation is to minimise the negative impact of sports on the environment while still providing an enjoyable and competitive experience for athletes and fans.
One of the main activities of a green sports organisation is to promote sustainable practices in sports facilities. This can include the use of renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power, the implementation of energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems, and the use of sustainable building materials in the construction of sports facilities.
Another important activity of a green sport organisation is to promote sustainable commuting for fans and athletes. This can include the promotion of public transportation, carpooling, and biking to sports events, as well as the provision of bike racks and other amenities for cyclists.
In addition to these activities, a green sports organisation may also promote sustainable practices in the day-to-day operations of sports teams and events. This can include everything from the use of eco-friendly cleaning products to the reduction of waste through recycling and composting.
Overall, the Green League Model emphasises the importance of creating a culture of sustainability within the sport organisations and sport professionals and implementing environmentally friendly practices throughout all aspects of the sports organisations’ operations. It also recognizes the importance of promoting sustainability both within the sport organisation and externally in order to create a more sustainable future for all.
By adopting this model, sport organisations and sport professionals can improve their performance, reduce their environmental impact, and contribute to a more sustainable future.
The Green League model is a framework that organisations can use to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. It is based on three main aspects: organisation, implementation, and promotion.
The first aspect of the Green League model focuses on the structure of the organisation. This involves creating a culture of sustainability within the organisation (sport club). This involves incorporating sustainable practices into the organisation’s policies and procedures, as well as establishing environmentally friendly practices into the day-to-day operations.
The organisational base of a green sports model consists of several key elements, including existing legislation/policies and directives, stakeholders and level of operation.
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To structure a green sport organisation, it is essential to be aware of any national or international directives and policies related to sustainability. Sport organisations should adhere to these directives and policies to reduce their environmental impact.
There are various directives and policies that are being established at both the national and international levels to promote green sports.
The sport organisation itself should also have a policy of operation. The policy of a green sports organisation should be centred on sustainability and environmental responsibility. This policy should guide all activities and decisions of the organisation and should be communicated clearly to all stakeholders.
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To be successful, green sport organisations must engage and involve various stakeholders, including sport organisations, the local community, athletes, fans, sponsors, public authorities, and intermediaries/supporters.
Sports organisations should partner with environmental organisations to help create policies and promote sustainable practices. Engaging the local community is also essential to promote sustainable practices, raise awareness, and encourage participation in green sport activities. Intermediaries and supporters, such as sponsors and vendors, also play an important role in promoting sustainable practices.
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Green sports organisations should consider the reach of their activities and the level of commitment required to promote sustainability. This includes international, national, and local levels.
Thus, the level of operation of a green sports organisation can vary, from local grassroots organisations to large international associations. The organisation should operate at a level that is appropriate for its resources and goals, while still promoting sustainable practices in sports.
At the international level, sports organisations can promote sustainability by adhering to international policies and partnering with environmental organisations. At the national level, organisations can implement sustainable practices and policies that adhere to national directives. At the local level, organisations can engage the local community and promote sustainability through grassroots efforts.
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The basis of a green sport model involves the implementation of sustainable practices throughout the sporting organisation and requires several key elements to be kept in mind, including: the impact of sport on the environment, the potential of sport for environmental engagement, the planning and implementation of green sports, the type of activity, and the principles and goals.
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Before implementing sustainable practices, it is essential to understand the impact of sports on the environment. Sports events and activities can have a significant negative impact on the environment. Understanding these impacts can help organisations create effective sustainable policies and practices.
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Green sports have the potential to create a positive impact on the environment and social and economic systems. They can also promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles, improve social cohesion, and generate economic benefits. Sport can be a powerful tool for raising awareness and promoting sustainable practices. Green sports initiatives can inspire fans, players, and other stakeholders to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives.
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To plan and implement green sports activities and events, clubs can adopt a sustainable framework that includes policies, goals, and action plans. The framework can focus on various aspects such as energy and water conservation, eco-friendly food and beverage options, waste management strategies, sustainable transportation, and procurement. They can also implement green procurement policies for products and services. This includes sustainable sourcing of materials for equipment and infrastructure.
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Green sports activities should involve the entire sports chain, from design and construction to operations and post-event management.
Organisations can undertake different types of actions to promote green sports, such as awareness-raising activities, events and infrastructure projects.
Awareness-raising activities, such as workshops, seminars and campaigns, can promote sustainable practices and encourage participation in green sports activities.
Events, such as green sports tournaments or green sports competitions, can also promote sustainable practices and create awareness on environmental issues.
Infrastructure projects, such as green stadiums or solar-powered sports facilities, can also promote sustainable practices and reduce the environmental impact of sports activities.
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The principles refer to two aspects. The goals we want to achieve through green sports at a general level and the principles of event implementation, which refer to the objectives of the event itself.
Green sports activities and events should prioritise safety, inclusion, equality and collaboration, as well as promoting sustainability. By following these principles, organisers can create a safe, welcoming and sustainable environment for all participants, spectators and stakeholders.
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Promotion includes the process of sharing information and spreading the message of green sports. Promotion activities must be tailored to the needs of each stakeholder and may include information on the sports organisation’s policies, social media campaigns, e-newsletters, conferences and other awareness-raising activities.
The final aspect of the Green League Model involves promoting sustainability both within the organisation and externally. This may involve marketing sustainable products or services, participating in environmental campaigns or initiatives, or working with other organisations to promote sustainability.
The basis for promoting a green sports model consists of several key elements, including: media, communication, education and advocacy.
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Media can be important partners in promoting green sports and raising awareness on the environmental impact of sports activities. Green sports organisations should seek to engage with the media and use them as platforms and tools for promoting their activities.
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Communication is key to promote the message of a green sport organisation. The organisation should work to clearly communicate its policy and goals and ensure that stakeholders are aware of the benefits of sustainable practices. Communication should be transparent, informative, and engaging, and should be tailored to the specific needs of each stakeholder group, including athletes, fans, sponsors, and the community at large.
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Training and capacity building are essential to ensure that green sports practices are adopted and maintained over time. Examples include training athletes and coaches in sustainable practices, building the capacity of facility managers in the design of green buildings, and educating fans about the environmental impact of sporting activities.
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Advocacy can be described as an activity that aims to influence actions and decisions inside the political, social or economic system addressing a particular issue.
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