The Business of Sports & Sustainability

A Student Blogging Project

This “micro-blog” is the product of the nations first MBA/MPA certificate program dedicated to sustainability in the sports industry. Led by Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist at NRDC, The Business of Sports and Sustainability certificate is housed at Presidio Graduate School, the nation’s top sustainable MBA program. Posts explore the connection of sustainability with operations, branding and fan engagement of the sports industry including leagues, teams, venues, sponsors, vendors and surrounding communities.

Waste Heat (Not Sweaty Bodies) Powering U.S. Sports Stadiums

Sporting facilities are finding innovative approaches to harness deeper savings beyond traditional energy efficiency initiatives. The University of Colorado Buffaloes and the Minnesota…

Artificial Turf and Your Ass Is Grass

Artificial turf is growing in popularity for sports facilities, primarily because of the promise of reduced maintenance costs, improved playability and increased durability.…

Momentum Builds for Sports Teams’ Transition to LED

Big-name sports teams in baseball, basketball, football and hockey are warming up to the idea of installing LED (light-emitting diode) technology in their…

Engaging Fans and Sponsors Through Sustainable Products

Teams and sponsors can promote sustainability to their customers by repurposing marketing materials into unique, one-of-a-kind, branded products.

The Green Sports Movement’s Next Horizon: Game-Day Food

The green sports movement’s next great horizon lies in the lifecycle of food, the environmental impact of producing it and fans' relationship to…

Rio 2016 Olympics: Amidst Doubts, One Stadium Stands Ready

The 2016 Summer Olympics are now less than two years away, and the situation remains complicated in Rio. Demonstrations against corruption, poor public…

Lighting It Up: Sporting Venues Transition to LED Technology

Sporting venues at the professional and college levels are transitioning to LED lighting solutions. Learn about the factors influencing the shift.

Breaking Down Bioplastics

The market for biobased and compostable plastics, known as bioplastics, is expected to be worth over $5 billion by 2018. While these plastics…

Social Sustainability and Sport

As the sustainability movement in sport expands, it’s time to embrace and leverage the power of people. Along with environmental and economic considerations,…

Healing After Typhoon Haiyan Through Basketball

Shaq once said he'd never seen a nation that loved basketball as much as the Philippines. Recently the sport helped folks recover from…

The Sports Industry: Feeding More Than Just Ticket Holders

Wasted food is a major ecological issue; in sports venues, uneaten food is finding its way to hungry people and even being turned…

Could Sportswear Be the Tipping Point for Sustainable Apparel?

With leading brands such as Nike incorporating sustainable fabrics and manufacturing practices into their products, the average consumer is probably unaware of the…