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ACCESS project: academia and sports meet at the Sant'Anna School, partner hosting the first Multiplier Sport Event, to address the issue of evaluating the environmental impact of sporting events

Sant'Anna School's SuM Lab hosts the 2nd Steering Committee of the initiative under the European Union's Erasmus+ Sport program and coordinated by ACR+

Publication date: 02.02.2023
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The Sant'Anna School, with the Sustainability Management Laboratory (SuM Lab) of the Institute of Management, a group that deals with environmental sustainability in the world of sports, is hosting the 2nd Steering Committee, the first training session and the first Multiplier Sport Event of the Erasmus+ ACCESS project, under the coordination of Tiberio Daddi, professor of Economics and Business Management at the Institute of Management of the Sant'Anna School, and Luca Marrucci, a research fellow at the same Institute.

The ACCESS project is funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ Sport program and coordinated by the Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+); among its main objectives is to reduce the gap between the current environmental performance of sports clubs and associations, their strategies and practices, and the strategies of the respective cities or regions where they are located and where their activities take place.

The workshop, which covers two days, aims to give space to the topic by presenting different types of environmental assessments, qualitative or quantitative-in the form of audits, site visits, interviews, surveys, focus groups, and the like-useful in providing sports organizations with knowledge and understanding of their current environmental performance. In particular, the environmental assessment tools used in the recent European projects GOALS, GAMES and Green Sport Hub, coordinated by the SuM Lab of the Sant'Anna School and ACR+, are explained. The initiative is attended by a wide audience from the world of sports: from the ACCESS project partner sports organizations (Gaelic Athletic Association, FC Porto and the Football Federation of Wales and Denmark) to representatives of other sports organizations, such as Francesco Ferrara of the Italian Swimming Federation, Anna Merlini of the Italian Canoe and Kayak Federation, Filippo Ceragioli of Parley for the Oceans and Nicolò Di Tullio, Young Leader of the International Olympic Committee 2021-2024 as well as a PhD student at the School.