​‘Clubs Forever Goes Green’ encourages local sporting clubs to implement 5 simple sustainability practices, that are achievable, without compromising their ability to develop their sport, encourage participation and recruit volunteers. Find out how your club can play its part.

About the project

Sports and recreation play a vital role within the City of Stirling as an avenue for health development and as a means for social interaction within the community.
‘Clubs Forever Goes Green’ is an initiative which encourages local sporting clubs and community organisations to implement small but significant environmentally sustainable changes.
 
The impact of climate change and resource efficiency on local sporting clubs could cause considerable issues in the future, and this program provides an opportunity for us to help make a difference. Given Clubs Forever's profile in the community, we are ideally situated to provide this important education platform.
 
Understandably, a sporting club’s primary interest is in developing their sport, encouraging participation and recruiting volunteers. In this regard, the program is designed to encourage small environmental changes that are achievable.
 
‘Clubs Forever Goes Green’ will help foster community ownership of sustainable practices and assist clubs with the implementation of various initiatives in order to limit the effects of climate change now and in the future.
 
These initiatives will be a positive step towards assisting with the environmental sustainability of sporting clubs that will ensure that our current lifestyle continues to be enjoyed by future generations.
 

Scope

Phase 1 of Clubs Forever Goes Green involves a public education program which encompasses 5 small changes in clubrooms and homes:
 

Water reduction

  • Water is a valuable resource, and we will promote the need to use it wisely among sporting clubs and community organisations. By members of sporting clubs reducing their shower times from 7 minutes to 4, each member could save over 25,000 litres a year.

Waste reduction

  • An education and infrastructure improvement program will be introduced to assist with changing the behaviour of clubs, players, fans, and other sportsground users towards reducing, reusing and recycling. It is anticipated that this will assist with a reduction in litter and an increase in recycling during training and matches.

Carbon footprint reduction

  • Passenger vehicles in Australia produce almost 46 million tonnes of greenhouse pollution a year, and are a major contributor to air pollution in urban areas. By encouraging sporting club members to leave the car at home and use ‘active transport’ (walking & cycling), both the sporting club members and the environment can breathe easier.

Power reduction

  • Most electricity is generated using non-renewable fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. All these fuels release carbon dioxide, a dangerous greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. By making a few simple changes, sporting clubs could save money and reduce the impact on the environment.

Paper reduction

  • Paper is a necessity for some essential office tasks, but it has an environmental cost. Creating paper from trees requires a lot of natural resources—trees, water, and energy. By reducing the amount of paper we use, e.g. using USB flash drives to transfer rather than print documents, we can reduce our impact on the environment.
Phase 2 involves energy audits, sustainable practices seminars and sustainable energy grants.
 
Please download the Clubs Forever Goes Green brochure (PDF) for more information on these 2 phases and other details of the initiative.

Clubs Forever Goes Green