1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Sport and the Environment

Edited By Brian P. McCullough, Timothy B. Kellison Copyright 2018
    496 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    496 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The natural environment is a central issue in both academic and wider societal discourse. The global sport industry is not immune from this discussion and has to confront its responsibility to reduce its impact on the natural environment. This book goes further than any other in surveying both the challenges and the opportunities presented to the sports industry as it engages with the sustainability agenda, exploring the various ways in which sport scholars can integrate sustainability into their research. With a multidisciplinary sweep, including management, sociology, law, events, and ethics, this is a ground-breaking book in the study of sport.

    Drawing on cutting-edge research, it includes over thirty chapters covering all the most important themes in contemporary sport studies such as:

    • climate change, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility
    • ethics, governance, and the law
    • event management, tourism, and pollution
    • marketing, branding, and consumer behavior
    • the Olympics, urban development, and mega-event legacies.

    With contributions from world-leading researchers and practitioners from around the globe, this is the most comprehensive book ever published on sport and the environment.


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    [Geert Hendriks]

    Section I: Foundations of Sport and Environmental Sustainability

    1. An introduction to environmental sustainability and sport
    [Brian P. McCullough and Timothy B. Kellison]

    2. Robustness of the sport and environment sustainability literature and where to go from here
    [Cheryl Mallen]

    3. Economics, sport, and the environment: Incentives and intersections
    [Allen R. Sanderson and Sabina L. Shaikh]

    4. Ethical foundations for sustainability in sport
    [Danny Rosenberg]

    5. Climate change and the future of international events: A case of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
    [Lisa M. DeChano-Cook and Fred M. Shelley]

    6. Sport-environmental sustainability (sport-ES) education
    [Greg Dingle and Cheryl Mallen]

    Section II: Management and Marketing

    7. Organizational capacity and sport, the environment, and sustainability: Making the case for capacity building
    [Julie Stevens]

    8.The Olympics: Institutionalization and standardization of sustainability
    [Jon Helge Lesjø and Erlend Aas Gulbrandsen]

    9. Environmental sustainability rhetoric in sport
    [Michael E. Pfahl]

    10. Marketing sustainability through sport: The importance of target market insights
    [Galen T. Trail and Brian P. McCullough]

    11. Using sustainability to attract new partnerships
    [Lana L. Huberty]

    12. Sponsors as meso level actors in sport: Understanding individual decisions as foundational to sustainability in food and drink
    [T. Bettina Cornwell and Joerg Koenigstorfer]

    13. Corporate social responsibility campaigns and sports sponsorship: Employee responses
    [Martin R. Edwards]

    14. Vancouver, green capital: The green business branding strategy of the host city of an Olympic Games
    [Joseph Weiler and Patrick Weiler]

    Section III: Facilities and Operations

    15. Assessing the environmental impact of economic activity surrounding major sport events
    [Andrea Collins and Annette Roberts]

    16. Environmental certifications of sport facilities and events
    [Sheila N. Nguyen]

    17. Resident input and mega event legacies: Environmental concerns
    [Kyriaki Kaplanidou]

    18. Third-party assurance of sustainability reporting: The case of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games[Eleni Theodoraki]

    19. Implementing environmental sustainability in athletic training operations
    [Kelly Potteiger]

    Section IV: Event Management

    20. Sport venue sustainability: The role of local context and stakeholder engagement
    [Kathryn L. Heinze and Sara Soderstrom]

    21. Sustainable behaviors and the tailgater
    [Andy Gillentine]

    22. Tailgating and air quality
    [Jonathan M. Casper and Kyle S. Bunds]

    23. STOKE certified: Initiating sustainability certification in surf tourism
    [Danny O’Brien and Jess Ponting]

    Section V: Sociocultural Approaches

    24. Sustainability, greenwashing, and the light green approach to sport environmentalism
    [jay johnson and Adam Ehsan Ali]

    25. Sport participation to create a deeper environmental identity with pro-environmental behaviors
    [Vinathe Sharma-Brymer, Tonia Gray, and Eric Brymer]

    26. Sport and interspecies equity-based sustainability
    [Melanie Sartore-Baldwin]

    27. Water and sports facilities: Usage, issues, and solutions
    [Kyle S. Bunds]

    28. Physical activity, self-organized sport, and sustainable urban development
    [Karin Book]

    Section VI: Law and Governance

    29. Going green: Environmental review, design, and operation of sports facilities
    [Alex Porteshawver]

    30. A little green: The European Union’s efforts to promote environmental sustainability in sport
    [Arnout Geeraert]

    31. Environmental sustainability and governance in the 2012 London Games
    [Vassil Girginov]

    32. Law and norms in sustainability developments in the major American sports leagues
    [Matthew T. Bodie and Lucas D. Jackson]

    33. Steady-state economics and stadiums: Using the date of ecological maturity to conceptualize and govern sport facility construction
    [Christopher M. McLeod and John T. Holden]

    34. Epilogue: A pragmatic perspective on the future of sustainability in sport
    [Timothy B. Kellison and Brian P. McCullough]


    Brian P. McCullough is the Coordinator of the Sport Sustainability Leadership Certificate and an Assistant Professor in the Masters of Sport Administration and Leadership program at Seattle University, USA. Specifically, his research interests concentrate on the managerial decision-making processes involving environmental sustainability initiatives among upper management and using the context of sport to influence environmental behaviors of sport spectators’ game day and everyday life. He has published his research in the Journal of Sport Management, Sport & Communication, International Journal of Sport Management & Marketing, and Quest. Most recently, he published his first book, Introduction to Environmental Sport Management.

    Timothy B. Kellison is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health and Director of the Sport and Urban Policy Initiative at Georgia State University, USA. The unifying theme of his scholarship is the study of the ways in which sport organizations act as community leaders with respect to various sociopolitical issues. His work has been published in the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, and European Sport Management Quarterly. His research has also been featured in news outlets, including National Public Radio, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, and The New York Times

    "This handbook serves as an important text for sport and/or environmental management graduate students and is a valuable reference for sustainability practitioners, operations professionals, and communications executives at sports leagues, teams and venues. It provides rigorously researched examples of a wide variety of environmentally-focused initiatives that can be built upon by teams and venues currently sitting on the green-sports side lines. It lays the groundwork for more refined and meaningful green-sports scholarship and textbooks in the future." - Lew Blaustein, GreenSportsBlog.com

    "This text would serve students well in an undergraduate survey course on sport and the environment and as a supplemental text for graduate facility management, event management, sociology, and governance courses. Overall, the text offers a much-needed foundational text to promote more robust knowledge of sport and the environment and how to leverage that knowledge to create a more synergistic relationship between the two." - Joyce Olushola Ogunrinde, University of Houston, Journal of Sport Management