Greening sports for achieving participative and contributory circular communities: skills and know-how for getting there

From 08 June 2023 10:00 until 08 June 2023 13:30

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Skills and know-how for greening sports and its contribution to circular communities was in the focus of the EU Green Week Partner event organised by ACR+ in the framework of the Green Sports Hub Europe project and with the support of Zero Waste Scotland. The event not only looked at challenges and solutions for sustainable sport, discussed potentials for increased cooperation, peer to peer support and learning and the role of formal education and relevant institutions in providing appropriate skills, but also presented some of the project's key outputs. These includes the mapping of existing initiatives, tools and standards, results of the survey on sustainability in European sports, leisure and fitness organisations, as well as the project’s most valuable one – the self-assessment tool for sport organisation to track their progress in transitioning towards more environmentally sustainable practices.

This event was an opportunity for ACR+ to highlight its work in the fields of tourism, sports and culture, researching behaviour, observing habits and subsequently exploring and testing various circular economy solutions to be applied by cities and regions.  

As a closing remark, the event stressed the transformative power of sports in addressing climate change. 



The presentations are available on the project website



Keynote speeches

  • 10.00 – 10.05: Introduction
  • 10.05 – 10.15: Cities and regions tapping into lifestyle choices for enhancing sustainable resource management;
  • 10.15 – 10.25: The power of sports in contributing to more environmentally friendly communities
  • 10.25 – 10.45: TBD



  • 10.45 – 11.00: How sustainable are sports today and why aren’t they more sustainable? Motivations and barriers;
  • 11.00 – 11.15: Assessing sports’ own environmental impacts and getting inspired to do better: The GreenSportsHub Self-Assessment Tool;
  • 11.15 – 11.30: Sport entities and their local and regional authorities: friends or foes?
  • 11.30 – 11.45: Taking advantage of solutions for sports and adapting them to tourism and culture;


Discussion panel

  • 12.15 – 13.00 Enabling actions and skills for improving environmental management in sports.



  • 13.00 – 13.10: Sustainable sports and the necessary European framework: policy recommendations
  • 13.10 – 13.20: Taking sport organisations on board for a joint effort and biggest impact possible
  • 13.20 – 13.30: Final word


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