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Sport and Environmental Sustainability
Research and Strategic Management

ISBN 9781003003694
Published August 27, 2020 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing on recent work in sport studies, business and management, health, science, and law, this book offers a critical examination of the latest published research on sport and environmental sustainability. It examines how strategic management, policy and education influence the relationship between sport and the natural environment, and how the transmission and advancement of knowledge via research journals can, and should, have an impact on policy and practice.


Covering sport at all levels, from professional to non-profit, and across all sectors of sport management, from marketing and events to facilities and communications, Sport and Environmental Sustainability makes a powerful argument for an awareness of, and need for, environmental sustainability in sport. Chapters outline the research and methods used, expose gaps in the literature and encourage opportunities for future inter-disciplinary research. Topics include sport and climate change, sport and safeguarding air and water quality, education for sustainability, and sport policy.


This is an invaluable resource for researchers in sport and environmental sustainability, and academics working in sport management, business, recreation and leisure studies, and sustainability programs, as well as sport policymakers and industry practitioners.

Table of Contents

1.          Introduction to research on sport and environmental sustainability

            Greg Dingle and Cheryl Mallen

Part I: Impacts of sport on the natural environment

2.          Sport and safeguarding air quality

            Jonathan Casper 

3.          Sport and the safeguarding of water resources

            Cheryl Mallen and Gord Watkin 

4.          Major sport events and environmental sustainability

            Julie Stevens 

5.          Major sport facilities and environmental sustainability

            Sheila Nguyen and Cheryl Mallen

Part II: Impacts of the natural environment on sport

6.          Environmental impacts on sport: vulnerability, risk, resilience, and adaptation

            Greg Dingle 

7.          Summer sport and climate change

            Paul Jurbala and Cheryl Mallen 

8.          Winter sports and climate change

            Natalie Knowles, Daniel Scott and Robert Steiger 

Part III: Strategic management, policy and education for the sport-environment relationship

9.          Sport and environmental policy

            Efthalia (Elia) Chatzigianni 

10.        Sport environmental measurement tools, certification, and reporting

            Cheryl Mallen

 11.        Sport environmental awareness, perceptions, behaviour, motivations, and promotions

            Scott McRoberts and Tristian Reid 

12.        Sport partnerships, relationships, and marketing for environmental sustainability

            Scott McRoberts and Tristian Reid 

13.        Sport and education for environmental sustainability

            Greg Dingle and Cheryl Mallen 

14.        Conclusions: envision the future in sport environmental sustainability (sport-ES)

            Cheryl Mallen and Greg Dingle


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Greg Dingle is Lecturer in Sport Management, and Researcher at the Centre for Sport and Social Impact at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His research is focused on climate change impacts, risks, vulnerability, resilience, and adaptation by sport organizations.

Cheryl Mallen is Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management at Brock University, Canada. She teaches sport event and facility management and sport ethics. Her research expertise encompasses sport environmental sustainability, as well as new technologies and their future impact on sport management.