Implementing sustainable sport initiatives
The first-ever winners of the International Olympic Committee Award for Sport and the Environment were announced on the first day of the World Conference on Sport and the Environment in Vancouver in March 2009. Trophies were presented to five organisations, representing the five continents, which have made tremendous contributions to the implementation of outstanding practices in the field of sustainable sport and the environment.
And the winners are…
• Africa: Green Africa Foundation
• America: Oregon Track Club
• Asia: Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Organising Committee (BOCOG)
• Europe: German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB),
• Oceania: “Rainbow Project” by Rowing New Zealand
Green Africa Foundation
This foundation is a Kenyan organisation founded in 2000 to support ecological and environmental conservation with particular focus on arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya, where poverty is most prevalent. The Foundation has launched a “Green Africa Sports” department, which sets up guidelines for sports organisers about environmental awareness, proper waste management, and creating and maintaining a green environment.
The Oregon Track Club
The organising committee made the 2008 US Olympic Team Trials the first sporting event in North America to successfully implement and uphold sustainable initiatives such as those outlined in the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21. Its sustainable efforts have included providing shuttles and promoting cycling, renewable energy, reducing waste and encouraging recycling and composting.
The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau
Associated with the BOCOG, they have significantly raised awareness of environmental issues, leading to major advances in the areas of energy consumption, sustainable water consumption, transport, waste management and air quality. The Beijing Games significantly raised the bar of incorporating sustainability into large scale events by establishing more than 160 projects which will enhance the environmental legacy of the city and provide its population and visitors with a more environmentally friendly life.
This organisation was chosen for its “Green champions in sport and environment” guide. This publication provides guidance and examples of good practices undertaken in Germany by analysing the ecological impact - as regards climate, transport, energy, waste, use of materials, noise, nature and landscape, catering, merchandising and communications - that the different parties involved in sport have on the environment.
“The Rainbow Project” by New Zealand
This project aims to host an environmentally sustainable 2010 FISA World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro without compromising New Zealand’s unique environment. The Rainbow Project’s environmental actions include a carbon emission reduction scheme, a zero-waste plan, educational programmes for the next edition, a comprehensive bio-security strategy for inbound equipment, environmental protection for all permanent and temporary infrastructures, and the inclusion of an environmental officer on the organising committee.