News24 Aug 2023

Watch: Building Collaborations for Sustainable Events


(From left): Matthew Campelli, Petra Schmitt, Bob Ramsak, Susie Tomson, Sam Matthis, Maddy Orr and Marc-Ivar Magnus (© Albin Durand for World Athletics)

World Athletics hosted 'Building Collaborations for Sustainable Events’, a panel discussion highlighting some of its sustainability initiatives, at the ASICS house in Budapest on Friday 25 August.

The program, composed of leading practitioners, researchers and scholars working at the intersection of sport and sustainability, reviewed and examined the ambitions of World Athletics and the Budapest LOC around delivering an event in alignment with the World Athletics sustainability strategy; discussed the role of major events in setting strong examples around sustainable delivery; and examined collaborations and partnerships and the expectations of partners and sponsors around sustainability at major events.

The participants included:

  • Dr Susie Tomson - Director of Sustainability at ThinkBeyond, specialising in developing and implementing sustainability programmes for sport federations, clubs and events.
  • Dr Madeleine Orr - Sport ecologist, Lecturer at Loughborough University London, researcher and educator working at the intersection of sport and climate change.
  • Sam Mattis - US athlete, World Athletics Champion for a Better World
  • Petra Schmitt - Sustainability Manager WCH Budapest 2023
  • Marc-Ivar Magnus - Vice President Trade, Corporate Responsibility and Legal, World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI)
  • Bob Ramsak - World Athletics Head of Sustainability

Matthew Campelli, founder and editor of The Sustainability Report, strategist and communicator specialising in sport and sustainability, moderated.

Watch the discussion below.


(Presentation begins at 03:33).