Environment & Sustainability
The World Ski Championships 2017 in St. Moritz provide social, economic and ecological opportunities for the Engadine, Switzerland and the entire winter sports community. Sustainability and innovation are the keys to a long-term legacy.
A concept for the World Ski Championships was drawn up on the basis of the report „Nachhaltigkeit, Innovation, Vermächtnis (NIV)“ (sustainability, innovation, legacy) pertaining to the project Graubünden 2022. The aim of the NIV project is to manage the operations of the World Championships in such a way that they leave a positive and long-term legacy for the population of the Engadine, the Canton of Graubünden and the whole of Switzerland. In other words: something should be achieved which has a lasting effect long after the World Championships are over. Similar to what the World Ski Championships 2003 were able to create.
The NIV core team, mandated with drawing up and implementing the projects, includes various stakeholder representatives. The following bodies are involved in the project: representatives of the tourist organization Engadin St. Moritz, the mountain railways, the St. Moritz local authorities, the Canton and the Confederation, organizations for environmental protection, representatives of Swiss Ski, Swiss Olympic and the World Ski Championships St. Moritz 2017. The core team is coached by Prof. Dr. Jürg Stettler and staff of the Hochschule Luzern (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art). In addition, the population is to be integrated in this process with the aim of contributing ideas and visions.
The projects are planned and implemented, on the one hand, by the groups of stakeholders, and, on the other hand, by World Ski Championships St. Moritz 2017. The World Ski Championships are the catalyst for the design of the projects – with a focus on our motto “Live the Future”. We are working on concepts that aim at bringing back young people to snow sports and strengthening the alpine snow industry. We are designing projects to promote the use of public transport and investment in snow-sport infrastructure. In addition, we would like to organise the World Ski Championships to be energy-optimized, and we stand for fair and clean sports. Overall, we will strive for these projects to generate spin-offs for the Engadine population long after the World Ski Championships.