AISTS Sustainable Sport & Events (2 days)

Sport and sport events have the potential to impact our society in both positive and negative ways. The ability of a sport federation or organisation to balance the economic, environmental and social impact of their activities, including events they host, organise or govern is critical to the future development of their sport. We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.

Now more than ever, sports managers and event organisers have the opportunity to positively harness sport for the benefit of society, and by doing so, contribute to their organisation's bottom line.



Over two days the Sustainable Sport & Events Open Module provides concrete examples of what leading sports organisations, such as the Olympic Games, Formula E and North-American leagues such as the NHL and NBA are doing. The module takes place at the Synathlon located on the University of Lausanne Campus in Switzerland. Register here.


This seminar is about the “how”. How sports organisations are stepping up to slow down climate change. How they ensure that sport continues to have a positive impact on society without a negative impact on the environment and how to understand the lifecycle of an event.

Participants will learn from the speakers and from each other about the various ways of integrating sustainability into the core of their businesses, be it a temporary endeavour such as an event or in their daily operations. Throughout both days, group work and discussions will challenge the existing ideas of sustainability in sport, with a particular focus on the business case for sustainability while simultaneously addressing the demands of multiple stakeholders.

key Objectives

  • To incorporate the concept of legacy as the first step into a sustainable event
  • To gain a solid understanding of the fundamental ideas behind sustainability and corporate social responsibility
  • To understand how sporting events positively or negatively impacts society
  • To understand how to balance social equity, environmental integrity and economic efficiency in a sports event
  • To understand how sustainability and CSR can be integrated into strategic planning for any given sports organisation
  • To acquire tools to plan and manage sport events with regards to sustainability
  • To develop the capability to build and implement a sustainability or CSR initiative for a sporting event using the five phases of the GRI sustainability reporting process
  • To develop knowledge of how to prepare a sustainability report for a small to medium-sized event


Synathlon, Lausanne, Switzerland
Located on the Universty of Lausanne Campus. 

View map here. 

Fee: CHF 960

IFs, NFs & NOC Discount: Employees of International and National Sports Federations and National Olympic Committees receive a discount off the AISTS SSE open module fee.
Please email to register and to take advantage of the discount.

Fee includes:

  • Course materials
  • Daily lunch
  • Certificate of Completion

Who should attend 

Participants are professional, part-time or volunteer managers and organisers of international sports events, as well as staff from sport federations, corporate sponsors and organising committees looking to successfully incorporate Sustainability into events for further competitive advantage.  By registering to the 2019 SSE, you gain access to the AISTS E-learning platform where online courses, videos and the Sustainable Sport & Events Toolkit is available. Some of the online courses will be referred to during the April session.

Previous participants who have attended the seminar have come from FIFA, FIH, ICF, IAAF, FIE, FIVB, Formula E, Federation of Gay Games, Hong Kong Jockey Club and the World Economic Forum.

2019 schedule 

DAY 1 - 4th APRIL

Legacy & Sustainability: The Lifecycle of Sport Events
Andrea Marcellini, AISTS

Youth and Active Living
Philippe Furrer, insPoweredBy

Formula E – Born from a Sustainable Dream
Julia Pallé, Formula E

The International Olympic Committee and Sports for Climate Action
Michelle Lemaitre, IOC

The Ocean Race
Anne-Cécile Tuner, Volvo Ocean Race

Panel discussion: The economic impact of a sustainable approach to sport

Day 2 - 5th APRIL

Lausanne 2020 – Winter Sports for Youth
Neil Beecroft, Lausanne 2020 YOG

Winter Games and Climate Change (AISTS 2018 Client Team Project) 
Nikolaus Schönfeld, Lausanne 2020 

Ice Hockey in the Desert
Omar Mitchel, NHL

Case Study: FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Åre 2019 
Denis Bochatay,

The Sustainable Lifecycle Game
Denis Bochatay, Quantis

For more information please email or call on +41 21 692 64 80



Neil Beecroft, Head of Sustainability, Lausanne 2020

Neil Beecroft is currently Head of Sustainability with the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games, which is taking place in January 2020. He was formerly with UEFA as Sustainability Manager and was responsible for implementing sustainability within the operations of the UEFA EURO 2016 to reduce its environmental impact, to measure the economic benefits derived from the organisation and to integrate a sustainable social dimension into such event.

Denis Bochatay, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Quantis

Denis Bochatay joined Quantis in 2011, a company specialised in environmental sustainability. Denis particularly works on helping sport event organisers and sport federations to move forward towards more sustainability. Quantis measures the environmental footprint of events and organisations, proposes strategies and action plans to reduce the footprint, develop solutions to engage or communicate about sustainability. Denis has for example worked on Rio 2016's carbon management plan, Are 2019 Alpine Skiing World Championship' carbon footprinting, UEFA EURO 2016 sustainability reports.

Philippe Furrer, Chief Engagement Officer and Founder, insPoweredBy

Philippe Furrer is a movement activist, campaigner and influencer passionate about the power of sport to inspire young people to make the world a better place. As a senior manager with the International Olympic Committee, Philippe oversaw young athletes education, local youth engagement, sustainability and legacy for the last three editions of the Youth Olympics and spearheaded the Olympic Movement’s Young Change-Makers+ programme, to enable young social entrepreneurs to deliver life-changing projects in their communities. Holding several academic degrees in geoscience, literature, sports science and business leadership, Philippe believes in cross-disciplinary approaches as the only way to solve today’s complex social and environmental challenges. He recently established a new consulting firm called insPoweredBy. Philippe is also the founder of two sports-led charities: Décrochons la Lune, designed to fight sedentarism, and COOKIE, which provides support to ten young elite athletes in Switzerland.

Michelle Lemaitre, International Olympic Committee Head of Sustainability

Michelle Lemaitre joined the Olympic Games Department of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2004. As Head of Sustainability and Olympic Legacy, Michelle works closely with the Summer and Winter Olympic Games Organising Committees to provide their Sustainability teams with guidance and support throughout the seven year planning period leading up to the staging of the Olympic Games. Michelle has over fifteen years experience within the international sporting event world. Before joining the IOC, Michelle held the position of International Relations and Protocol Director within the local Organising Committee of the Paris 2003 World Athletics Championships. Prior to that appointment, Michelle was part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Organising Committee as a Venue Operations Manager.

Andrea Marcellini - Project Manager, AISTS

Andrea Marcellini graduated from AISTS in 2009. She was the Women's Cycling Coordinator at the UCI (International Cycling Union) and during her time there she launched a new Women’s World Tour and gave more weight behind TV and social media coverage for women, to just name a few things. Most recently Andrea was the Venue General Manager for the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She’s currently managing a global women’s cycling community called STRONGHER.CC.

Omar Mitchell, Vice President, Sustainable Infrastructure & Growth Initiatives, NHL

As the Vice President of Sustainable Infrastructure & Growth Initiatives, National Hockey League (NHL), Omar Mitchell oversees NHL Green, the environmental sustainability initiative of the NHL; the NHL Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the League; and management of the Stanley Cup, the most celebrated trophy in professional sports. Omar joined the NHL in 2012 as the League's first sustainability director. In that role, he focused on the comprehensive, award-winning sustainability initiative of the League that seeks to lessen the environmental impact of the sport by promoting sustainable business operations and environmental awareness among Member Clubs, fans and partners. In 2014, the NHL was the first and only professional sports league in North America to produce a sustainability report, which catalogued environmental initiatives and detailed the carbon footprint of the NHL over two seasons. The report led to a marketing partnership between the League and Constellation, the Official Energy Services Provider of the NHL. As part of the partnership, Constellation counterbalanced the League’s entire carbon footprint for the 2014-15 NHL season. Omar holds an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University in the City of New York and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Julia Pallé, Sustainability Manager, Formula E

Julia Palle is the Senior Sustainability Consultant at the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The championship has a ISO 20121 certification (sustainable events international standard), making it the first ever motorsport series to achieve this prestigious certification, together with a renewed three stars level for FIA’s Environmental Management system. Formula E’s vision is to fight climate change via offering solutions to air quality issues in city centres via the adoption of EVs. The key objectives are community engagement and legacy in host cities, supply chain involvement in improving sustainability and measurement of environmental and social impacts of the series. She is also President of Sports and Sustainability international (SandSI), an international association of sustainable experts working to broadening and harmonising the international sport and sustainability movement. Julia's primary area of research has focused on business & sustainability, change management and project management especially in motorsport.

Anne-Cécile Turner, Sustainability Program Leader, Volvo Ocean Race

Over the last 20 years, Anne-Cécile has worn multiple hats, from Sales and Management, Marketing Communication to consulting. She has engaged in several types of organisations, from family-style SME to multi-billion global companies or NGOs. Anne-Cécile combines a mix of strategic and visionary skills with her energy and passion for sustainability to assist her clients in their journey to make real change happen in their organisations. She strongly believes that we, as a society have to make a paradigm shift towards a more sustainable life, in every aspect. With that belief, a solid educational background combined with the expertise gained in the field working with international brands, NGOs or Event organisers, she has managed to raise awareness about the sustainability subject to millions of people, from the general public to future generations and decision makers. Anne-Cécile has previously worked for Blueshift and Race for Water Foundation and is currently the Sustainability Program Leader for the Volvo Ocean Race.

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