A Green Tool for Grassroots Sustainable Sports Events

The impact a person the day they attend a sport event can be 8 times bigger than their impact in their average day. With the new climate emergency scenario, tackling the environmental impact of sports events is key! At the same time, sport events present a really good platform to disseminate information about the challenges and actions that can be done to tackle climate change. That is why under the PlayGreen Erasmus+ funded project at Ecoserveis we developed a method to evaluate the impact of sports events and provide training about the impact of sports events and what can be done. The webinars will be uploaded here.

The PlayGreen method and the Green Tool:
Looking to make your sport events greener? Use the Green Tool by PlayGreen!

The PlayGreen method is divided in four parts: (1) analysis; (2) planning; (3) implementation and (4) evaluation and tips for next or similar events. It consists of a series of trainings and knowledge transfer as well as critical thinking sessions. The Green Tool is the core of the methodology and it was developed by Ecoserveis after analysing official and complex documents to measure the carbon footprint of big sport events and seeing that there was a lack of tools at the grassroots level that are user-friendly. The green tool is a grassroots tool that the Green Team can use to evaluate the environmental impact of sport events. The Green Tool is currently in its beta version so that the UEFA FAs involved (Flemish, Estonia and Malta) in the project can test it. In the future ENGSO will also host a webinar on communication for sustainability.

If you want to download the beta version of the Green Tool you can do it here.

What is PlayGreen?

PlayGreen is an Erasmus+ project that can be applied by any sport organization that wants to engage green volunteers into doing sports and/or wants to create green grassroots sport events through volunteers. The idea behind PlayGreen is that young environmental activists use their creative thinking and put in practice their skills to develop a sustainable event and as such teach the organizations/sport centres on how they can be more sustainable. In doing so they can at turn, be more engaged into doing sports!