Global sports organizations talk environmental initiatives
More than 120 representatives from some of the world’s most influential sports federations and businesses will convene in Paris this week to participate in what’s considered a milestone event in the sustainability movement.
The inaugural Congress of Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI) will focus on environmental and social initiatives, according to a release.
Participants will include the French Ministry of Sport, the International Olympic Committee, Roland Garros, Formula E, European Professional Club Rugby, the Tour de France and the Volvo Ocean Race, as well as sports federations and industry representatives from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and North and South America.
The full event program can be accessed here.
“By bringing international sport and sustainability experts together we aim to support the global fight against climate change and address some of the urgent social issues our world has to deal with,” said Neil Beecroft, SandSI president. “Sport can play a crucial role and SandSI will leverage this opportunity.”
Participants at the Sport and Sustainability International Congress will seek to ensure that sustainability is a key business principle throughout the global sports industry, leveraging their cultural and market influence in support of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to promote healthy, sustainable and just communities.
The Congress is occurring in advance of European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW), an annual European-wide initiative focused on showcasing and stimulating projects and events that promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable development more broadly.
The WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a founding member of SandSI, partnered with the organization to sponsor the congress. The organization’s involvement reflects the important role of health and wellness through the built environment as a vital component to comprehensive sustainability programs, officials said.
Organizations around the world seek IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL) to ensure their facilities promote the health and wellness of the people who live, work and learn in them.
“Our buildings are habitat and shelter,” IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi said. “They define our cities and provide structure for our communities. They are where we assemble for some of the most important cultural celebrations, sport included. Since the earliest days of the ‘green building’ movement, they have been engines of innovation and models for improved environmental performance.”
The Congress will also mark the formal establishment of SandSI as an organization at its inaugural General Assembly. The organization’s General Assembly will build consensus for its vision, mission, statutes and resolutions, as well as elect members to its board of directors and form its operating committees.
“SandSI is raising sustainability to new heights in the world of sport,” said Didier Lehenaff, SandSI vice president. “No more 'sustainability in sport' only. From now on, it is sustainability through sport.”
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