SSE Toolkit

What is the Sustainable Sport & Events Toolkit (SSE Toolkit) ?

The SSE Toolkit is an initiative developed by the AISTS and VANOC, the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
It is a practical online “how to guide” for organisers of domestic and international sports events as well as National Federations, International Federations, National Olympic/Paralympic Committees and Cities interested in making their sports and events more sustainable (i.e. contribute to a healthy environment, vibrant economy and equitable society).
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Download the SSE Quick Start Guide


About the SSET

The AISTS Sustainable Sport and Event Toolkit (SSET) aims to give sport organisations the knowledge and tools to incorporate sustainability into their daily operations and to execute successful and sustainable sport events. The Toolkit is jointly developed by the AISTS and the VANOC and as a result serves the sports community with a very tangible legacy from the Olympic Games in Vancouver.
SSET integrates the management and sustainability practices recommended by the following organisations into a realistic application for sport events and illustrated with over 150 sports-related examples:
  • Olympic Movement Agenda 21
  • IOC Guide on Sport, Environment, and Sustainable Development
  • ISO 14001-14006 on Environmental Management Systems (ISO-Organisation for Standardisation)
  • ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility
  • ISO 20121 – Event Sustainability Management System
  • CSA Z2010 Requirements and Guidance for Organizers of Sustainable Events (Canadian Standards Association)
  • GRI G3 Sustainable Reporting Guidelines (GRI-Global Reporting Initiative)
  • SMRS (Vancouver 2010 Sustainability Management and Reporting System)
The following newly developed international standards are currently being integrated in the SSET:
  • GRI Event Organisers Sector Supplement (GRI EOSS)
  • GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

Case Study - City of Richmond

The City of Richmond successfully implemented the SSET in 2016.  To enhance the ability of event organisers to host sustainable events within the City of Richmond they simplified the AISTS SSET to a manageable and easy to use 'Richmond Sustainable Event 7-Step Quick Guide'.

To read the report click here.

Become a Member of SSET

Join a growing number of organisations who believe in making sport more sustainable. Your support will aid the development of new sustainable tools and resources. For an existing list of SSET Members, click here

"The decision to work with the AISTS Sustainable Sport & Event Toolkit was easy for European Athletics. It is the resource our Member Federations and event organisers need to create customised plans for meeting their social and environmental responsibilities and demonstrating our sport’s values.”  Christian Milz, Director General, European Athletics

Member Benefits

  • Exclusive access to SSE Toolkit with extended resources 
  • Recognition as a SSE Toolkit Platform Member including a member page allowing the organisation to share sustainability related initiatives with other SSE members
  • Networking opportunities with other SSET Platform Members
  • Free access to introductory online e-learning course “The Business Case for Sustainability

"The SSE Toolkit has been a tremendous support for the WFDF in systematically improving our event services to deliver sustainablity-driven major championships. We now have a much more concerted focus on reducing the negative impact on the environment and are starting to truly harness our social responsibility for the positive benefit of the Flying Disc community. Adopting an AISTS resource like this Toolkit also adds great credibility in our efforts towards international recognition of our sport.  It’s crucial to have experts, like the AISTS, who are able to provide Federations like ours with the tools, knowledge and confidence to deliver exceptional sport events that meet best sustainability practices. The next step for the WFDF will be applying the Toolkit to its full potential at all of our major events. ”  Vincent Gaillard (WFDF Board Member)

What We Ask in Return

  • Share your experiences, learnings and feedback
  • Be an active part of the SSET Centre community
  • Support the development of the SSET Centre with your annual member fees

SSE Membership Costs

SSE Membership for non-profit sport organisations, cities and educational institutions is free of charge. Other organisations pay an annual fee of CHF 1’500 per account.

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