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Environmental Social Governance

Active Sussex is a member of BASIS - the British Association for Sustainable Sport - and is currently working on its environmental social governance policy. Below you can read our environmental sustainability statement and how we would like to work closely with partners to reduce sport and physical activity's impact on our planet.

Active Sussex's environmental sustainability statement

At Active Sussex we are currently working on our Environmental Social Governance policy, which will be added here in due course.

Active Sussex is acutely aware of the impact climate change is having on the sport and physical activity sector and that effective action is needed now.

Since January 2023, we have joined BASIS – the British Association for Sustainable Sport – and have agreed to support its 12 principles for sustainability in sport, which you can read here.

We are also keen to promote the six R’s of sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse, Rethink and Repair. 

Although we are at the start of our environmental journey, we are committed to show leadership, ambition and set a high standard in environmental governance in the hope we inspire others and create a ‘multiplier effect’ across the sector.

We know that by making our clubs and activities more environmentally sustainable we can protect our sports for future generations.

However, to do this we need to work with our partners to help make important changes. After all, every small change can make a big difference.

With this in mind, each month we will highlight the good work going on around Sussex and share inspirational stories to help other organisations develop their environmental sustainability credentials and learn from each other.

We would also like our partners to think about these questions:

What small change can you do that could make a big impact?

What does an environmentally-friendly sports club look like?

What would you like your organisation or group to look like in a year’s time?

If you would like to share your good environmental practices with us and further afield, please email Alex Bunce at abunce@activesussex.org

Let’s work together in Getting Sussex Moving while helping protect our planet.

Club Matters - tackling climate change and making sport sustainable

What actions can you take?

  • Urge participants to use refillable bottles rather than one use plastic bottles.
  • Provide a kit swap facility so that new members don’t need to buy new kit.
  • Encourage people to actively travel to your activity by walking, cycling, rolling.
  • Set up a car share system for away games.
  • Delete emails – this is the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint on the computer (storing them requires energy) 
  • Unsubscribe from emails or newsletters you don’t actually intend to read, or delete those emails once you’ve read them 
  • Clean out your spam inbox 
  • Consider if sending short emails such as “thank you” are needed 
  • Use hyperlinks and store information online to reduce attachments  
  • Use email carbon calculators to understand your impact 
  • Check emails before sending them to ensure they contain all the information need to help reduce follow up emails 
  • Only cc in people that really need to see it 
  • Do not ‘reply to all’ unless really needed

Environment news articles

Useful websites

West Sussex County Council policy on climate action: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/leisure-recreation-and-community/west-sussex-climate-action/

Brighton and Hove City Council’s policy on climate action: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/climate-action

East Sussex County Council’s policy on climate action: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/environment/climate-change-action-in-east-sussex

BASIS website: https://basis.org.uk/

David Taylor

Active Schools Officer

David works with Sussex schools to put PE, sport and physical activity at the heart of school life. He supports and promotes initiatives, programmes and local offers that develop PE, sport and physical activity provision within education.