Race for Change  

Inspiring action on climate change through sport 
Race for Change is a new initiative for the sporting world – a collective industry response to climate change and pressures on the natural environment. It aims to embed sustainability in sport so that sport acts as a force for good – economically, socially and environmentally. 
Race for Change will support its members – sports teams, venues, events and organisations – on their journey to a more sustainable future. Benefits include bottom line cost savings and increased attractiveness to sponsors – both critical in today’s financial environment. A key component of Race for Change is the sharing of ideas, experiences, research and best practice across the sector. 
 Who is it for?  
 
Race for Change is for sports teams, clubs, events, venues and organisations, large and small. We will also work with suppliers and partners to the sporting world – aspiring to bring about change within the supply chain, within media partners and sponsors and within the supporter and fan base. 
 How does it work?  
 
Teams, clubs, events, venues and organisations from across the sporting arena can join up to Race for Change for an annual fee (dependent on the size of the organisation). This gives access to a wide range of environmental advice and support – a proportion of which is tailored to the individual member. 
 
Race for Change offers its members: 
 
Site visits from one of our consultants to conduct a baseline assessment of environmental impacts, deliver training, or advise on implementing a management system 
A tailored outline action plan detailing measures that can be taken to improve environmental performance 
Training workshops on areas common to the sporting industry – e.g. managing audience impacts, communicating the right message 
Access to research on good environmental practice within the sporting industry and the capacity to commission research into aspects of environmental management that require further investigation 
A web-based portal of environmental information, advice, good practice and case studies 
Access to networking for sharing information and learning from similar organisations 
Race for Change is a not-for-profit organisation. 
What’s in it for me? 
 
Cost savings – by just carrying out an energy audit and implementing low cost actions, an organisation can save a significant amount on its energy bills. Investing in energy efficient equipment and technology can result in even greater savings 
 
Tailored consultancy - our consultants are available to members for three onsite visits year and can work with members to support the development of carbon reduction initiatives or other environmental improvements. The purpose of the visits will be up to you: we may present to your board, staff or executive, conduct a baseline audit, or train staff in environmental management depending on the needs of each organisation. 
 
Retain and attract sponsors– the majority of major corporate sport sponsors have environmental policies committing to improved environmental management internally as well as through their supply chain. Teams, events and venues relying on sponsorship will increase their attractiveness to sponsors with sound environmental management in place. 
 
Join the debate – Race for Change members gain access to inspirational speakers, industry leaders, policy makers and scientific experts through our programme of events, seminars and training workshops 
 
Shape the research agenda – Race for Change will commission research projects based on the needs and interests of our members 
 
Keep up to date – we keep our members informed about changes to environmental legislation and policy, the latest scientific data and evidence, and share news about what is happening, environment-wise, across the industry 
 
Show you care –members will be able to use the Race for Change branding and logo to demonstrate that they are taking positive action to address climate change 
 How do I join?  
 
Race for Change will formally launch early in 2012 and we are seeking founder partners and members to sign up at this stage. For more information on levels of engagement whether as partners, members or supporters, please contact the team on info@raceforchange.org.uk 
 Who’s behind Race for Change?  
 
Race for Change was originally developed as a platform to inspire positive action on climate change through linking sport with the environment - generating maximum performance using minimum resources. The initiative was founded by Sir Keith Mills through his America’s Cup Challenge, TEAMORIGIN and focussed on the performance of the team as well as encouraging partners and suppliers to join the journey. Susie Tomson, the programme manager for Race for Change at TEAMORIGIN saw the need to expand the concept to cover the whole sporting industry and has been joined by her business partner, Kate Chapman, to make this happen. Susie and Kate have many years of experience within both the environmental and sporting field and are assembling a team of experts and associates to be able to deliver this exciting and necessary initiative. Sir Keith Mills remains closely involved and will lead the Race for Change Advisory Board. 
 Who’s behind Race for Change?  
 
Race for Change was originally developed as a platform to inspire positive action on climate change through linking sport with the environment - generating maximum performance using minimum resources. The initiative was founded by Sir Keith Mills through his America’s Cup Challenge, TEAMORIGIN and focussed on the performance of the team as well as encouraging partners and suppliers to join the journey. Susie Tomson, the programme manager for Race for Change at TEAMORIGIN saw the need to expand the concept to cover the whole sporting industry and has been joined by her business partner, Kate Chapman, to make this happen. Susie and Kate have many years of experience within both the environmental and sporting field and are assembling a team of experts and associates to be able to deliver this exciting and necessary initiative. Sir Keith Mills remains closely involved and will lead the Race for Change Advisory Board. 
 Case Studies  
 
TEAMORIGIN Race for Change : This case study covers the team's programme to win the America's Cup and inspire action on climate change 
 
John Austin Half Marathon: This case study reports on the work that Earth to Ocean did in 2011 to help reduce the environmental impact of a half marathon in the New Forest 
 
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