sportainable® is a research program run by Prof. Dr. Peter Kuhn, University of Bayreuth, aiming at developing a sustainability benchmark for sports and their elements in order to provide assessment and consulting services on the basis of which structures are built that enable people to do in sport what they consider to be right from an ecological point of view.
The three levels on which we work are assessment, development and certification. Stakeholders in sport for whom we work determine the level themselves and receive feedback, advice and certification for the respective level.

Peter Kuhn...

... is a professor of sports science at the University of Bayreuth and pioneer of empirical sportecology in the German-speaking world. His dissertation "Indoor Sport and Ecology" (full text [german]), published in 1996, anticipates what is now considered the theoretical basis of sustainable sports development: creating structures in which people can do what they think is right from an ecological point of view.


Transforming Economy

ECG is an economic model, which makes the Common Good, a good life for everyone on a healthy planet, its primary goal and purpose.

Post-growth Economics

‘Post-growth’ is a worldview that sees society operating better without the demand of constant economic growth. It proposes that widespread economic justice, social well-being and ecological regeneration are only possible when money inherently circulates through our economy.


Michael Kopatz shows that people can live more sustainably without having to study climate change or factory livestock farming on a daily basis. Transition to sustainability can become automatic if structures are modified.
[Photo credit: Robert Armstrong on Pixabay]

Slow Sports

Rethinking sport. All we really need is our bodies, fresh air, comfortable clothing and aesthetic or exciting ideas for movement. And off we go. Désirée Smits provides an interesting approach to this.


Sports for Future, an initiative that connects sportsmen and sportswomen, sports clubs and associations, fans and sponsors who want to use the unifying power of sport to meet the challenges of the climate crisis together.

Wagner, bureau for CSR, marketing and communication

Oberalp Group
Sustainability is a choice we invest in, because we believe in it. It’s a crucial part of our company values and daily business.

Dynafit, a brand of the Oberalp Group, is a high-tech outfitter for ambitious alpine athletes. The young, innovative brand lives lightness, speed, performance and technology on the mountain.

Eco, Fair, Yeah — sustainable, animal leather free & sporty lifestyle! The young brand bleed, located in Helmbrechts (near Bayreuth) since 2008 and built around a dynamic team, stands for innovative and functional products that meet both sustainable and sporty demands!

myclimate is a nonprofit organization based in Switzerland to enable climate protection with economic mechanisms such as price-tagging carbon dioxide and integrating the externality into the market. We cooperate in the assessment studies for TSG Hoffenheim and Summer Feeling am Unistrand

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is a professional German football club based in Hoffenheim, Baden-Württemberg. We collaborate on both assessment and development of TSG in terms of ecological sustainability.

"Take only memories, leave nothing but tracks" — that's the credo of ECO SKI SCHOOL Andermatt, the first sustainable ski school in Switzerland. We collaborate on developing sustainable alpine winter sports.

PLANETICS wants to bring people's active lifestyle in line with the planet. With their marketplace for sustainable & fair sports gear, PLANETICS makes it easier than ever to make active lifestyles more sustainable.
So together, we can define the sports industry of the future.

Teams & Topics

Luisa Altherr & Anna Bertels | Assessment and Development TSG Hoffenheim
Theresa Beck | Ecology & Economy in Alpine Skiing
Andreas Bernard | Assessment Outdoor Climbing Nördlicher Frankjura
Lisa Biersack | Sustainability in Surfing
Katharina Dahl | Professional soccer between sustainability and commercialization
Marie Fröhlich | Assessment and development of sustainable ski school concepts
Heidi Gebhardt | Assessment Racket Center Nußloch
Tjark Gerull | Assessment and Development Werder Bremen
Antonia Gotjes | Sustainable development in the German Handball League
Lina Gündchen | On environmental sustainability in the German Football League
Viktoria Habermann | Nachhaltigkeit vs. Greenwashing in Outdoor Clothing
Alina Haider | Eco Design
Nora Harzer | Economy and Ecology in Lenggries
Sofie Homeister | Sustainability of mountain biking in the Bavarian Alps
Heloise Hutter | Assessment Boulder Hall
Lea Kapteina | Corporate Communication on Sustainability resp. Eco-CSR
Moritz Koller | Assessment Indoor Climbing
Johanna Kuhn | Life Cycle Assessment Handball
Nadine Lunz | Sustainability of adidas running shoes
Christina Neeser | Nachhaltige Entwicklung im Snowboarding
Laura Opitz | Assessment Summer Feeling am Unistrand, University of Bayreuth
Julia Röttger | Life Cycle Assessment Marker Bindings
Kim Schmidt | Assessment Climbing
Sebastian Stahr | Assessment of an average soccer club
Stella Tomm | Assessment Turn-WM Stuttgart 2019
Lena Wittmann | Life Cycle Assessment Dynafit Bindings