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, from the 4th to the 5th of April 2019, 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 will take place at the Synathlon located on the University of Lausanne Campus in Switzerland. Registration opens soon. 


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

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:

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.

2019 schedule 

DAY 1 - 4th APRIL

Legacy & Sustainability: The lifecycle of sport events
Andrea Marcellini, AISTS

Youth at the heart of sustainable cities
Philippe Furrer, Global Active Cities

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

Formula E Supply Chain Case Study
Formula E Team Project, AISTS

The future of the Olympic Games
Michelle Lemaitre, IOC

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

Day 2 - 5th APRIL

The Sustainable Lifecycle Game
Denis Bochatay,

Case Study: FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Åre 2019 
Riikka Rakic, Are 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

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

Case study: Climate Change and Winter Sports
IOC Team Project, AISTS Alumni

Ice Hockey in the Desert
Omar Mitchel, NHL

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

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



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, Corporate Social Responsibility, NHL

As the Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, 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 cataloged 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 Sustainability Manager at the world’s first fully-electric racing series, the FIA Formula E Championship. She specialises in reducing the carbon footprint of the Championship and ensuring that they leave a positive impact on the cities they visit - Formula E is the first sport that inherently promotes sustainability, offering a solution to air quality issues in city centres. Julia Palle’s primary area of research has focused on Business & Sustainability, Change Management and Project Management especially in motorsport.

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