This Lower-Austrian sports club (with a focus on running, cycling, swimming, triathlon and cross-triathlon) owns a comprehensive sustainability plan that it has drawn up as an ecology and social blueprint. With this plan, Athletenschmiede Walpersbach can score high on many indicators for sustainable sports clubs, as shown on the club’s website at www.nachhaltiger-sport.at. These include: environmentally sound journeys of guest athletes to and from the club’s own events, waste prevention, recycling and sorting, the procurement of fair trade sports clothes, low energy and water consumption as well as public relations and guest surveys on sustainability aspects during competitions. In addition, all foods and drinks are sourced regionally, and the club makes sure that they are organic quality products.
Fc Altera Porta
The Viennese football association for women and girls, which also plays in the second Bundesliga Ost/Süd, puts its faith in organic quality and regional produce. Healthy eating is also given priority: events with fruit and vegetable sticks instead of sweets. Furthermore, serving finger food helps to prevent waste. Great importance is also attached to fair play (welcoming the opponent and referee, code of conduct for fouls and high fiving after the match), swap markets and the sustainable procurement of sports equipment. The income generated by FC Altera Porta is regularly used to support disadvantaged players so that they can attend training camps and buy equipment. In addition, the football club’s action plan encourages players to come to their training sessions by bike. Going forward, FC Altera Porta intends to hold a GreenEvent once a year.
Fitness Union Waldviertel
This sports club from Eichberg focuses on children’s physical education, dance choreography and acrobatics. Waste prevention is a priority at Fitness Union Waldviertel: whether children, adults or seniors, all are encouraged to use reusable drinking bottles, preferably filled with water. In addition, the club has put diversity high on its agenda: Fitness Union Waldviertel emphasises that sportsmen and sportswomen are welcome irrespective of their place of origin, their gender identity or sexual orientation.
FK Austria Wien AG
The 24-time champion and 27-time cup winner of the Austrian Football Bundesliga has been diligently improving its sustainability performance and has adopted further major sustainability goals in its latest sustainability report. In its efforts, energy plays an important role. Plans are to source 100% of the required electricity from renewable energy sources. Energy efficiency will be significantly boosted by introducing LED technology. In addition, solar panels will be installed when the Generali Arena is refurbished. The new Arena will also score high on account of its improved accessibility and infrastructure. Bicycle parking spaces, electric charging points and rainwater tanks for lawn irrigation will be provided. Thanks to a variety of combination tickets, fans will be inspired to travel to the venue and back home using environmentally friendly public means of transport. Procurement is to become sustainable and catering will embrace fair-trade products and feature the eco-label. In collaboration with ARA (Altstoff Recycling Austria), a reusable cup system will be introduced in 2018. Fußballclub Austria Wien also intends to further strengthen its CSR commitment, for example with projects such as ‘Ein Ball für jedes Kind’ (A ball for every child), ‘Kicken und Kunst’ (Kicking and art), ‘Vollfan statt Vollfett’ (Full fan instead of full fat), ‘Anti AIDS’, and to advocate world-openness at the Trialog Champions Cups. Last but not least, women’s soccer will be established in the club in order to successfully participate in the ÖFB Women’s Bundesliga.
SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN
The five-time national champion and handball Bundesliga team, which refers to itself as ‘WILD WESTWIEN’, plans to encourage carpools amongst its players and, in so doing, expects to significantly reduce annual CO2 emissions. During Bundesliga home matches in the currently leased hall, waste sorting is given high priority. If plans to refurbish and/or restructure the club’s own sports home venue go ahead, the people responsible will look to improve their sustainability performance in a variety of different areas.
SK Bad Wimsbach 1933
The Upper-Austrian regional cup winner of the 2015/16 season demonstrates how a regional football club can adopt a forward-looking approach in energy use and power generation, for instance by using LED lights in the clubhouse. The required electricity is generated by a solar power system installed on the roof and stored in a solar power battery if need be. Hot water has been supplied by a solar water heating system for some time already.