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.

section 1|96 pages

Foundations of sport and environmental sustainability

chapter 1|8 pages

An introduction to environmental sustainability and sport

ByBrian P. McCullough, Timothy B. Kellison

chapter 3|18 pages

Economics, sports, and the environment

Incentives and intersections
ByAllen R. Sanderson, Sabina L. Shaikh

chapter 4|12 pages

Ethical foundations for sustainability in sport 1

ByDanny Rosenberg

chapter 5|13 pages

Climate change and the future of international events

A case of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
ByLisa M. DeChano-Cook, Fred M. Shelley

chapter 6|18 pages

Sport-environmental sustainability (sport-ES) education

ByGreg Dingle, Cheryl Mallen

section 2|108 pages

Management and marketing

chapter 7|10 pages

Organizational capacity and sport, the environment, and sustainability

Making the case for capacity building
ByJulie Stevens

chapter 8|12 pages

The Olympics

Institutionalization and standardization of sustainability
ByJon Helge Lesjø, Erlend Aas Gulbrandsen

chapter 9|13 pages

Environmental sustainability rhetoric in sport

ByMichael E. Pfahl

chapter 10|15 pages

Marketing sustainability through sport

The importance of target market insights
ByGalen T. Trail, Brian P. McCullough

chapter 11|12 pages

Using sustainability to attract new sponsorships

ByLana L. Huberty

chapter 12|15 pages

Sponsors as meso-level actors in sport

Understanding individual decisions as foundational to sustainability in food and drink
ByT. Bettina Cornwell, Joerg Koenigstorfer

chapter 13|14 pages

Corporate social responsibility campaigns and sports sponsorship

Employee responses
ByMartin R. Edwards

chapter 14|15 pages

Vancouver, green capital

The green business branding strategy of the host city of an Olympic Games
ByJoseph Weiler, Patrick Weiler

section 3|59 pages

Facilities and operations

chapter 15|13 pages

Assessing the environmental impact of economic activity surrounding major sport events

ByAndrea Collins, Annette Roberts

chapter 16|13 pages

Environmental certifications of sport facilities and events

BySheila N. Nguyen

chapter 17|8 pages

Resident input and mega-event legacies

Environmental concerns
ByKyriaki Kaplanidou

chapter 18|12 pages

Third-party assurance of sustainability reporting

The case of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
ByEleni Theodoraki

section 4|51 pages

Event management

chapter 20|11 pages

Sport venue sustainability

The role of local context and stakeholder engagement
ByKathryn L. Heinze, Sara Soderstrom

chapter 21|13 pages

Sustainable behaviors and the tailgater

ByAndy Gillentine

chapter 22|10 pages

Tailgating and air quality

ByJonathan M. Casper, Kyle S. Bunds

chapter 23|15 pages

STOKE certified

Initiating sustainability certification in surf tourism
ByDanny O’Brien, Jess Ponting

section 5|59 pages

Sociocultural approaches

chapter 24|11 pages

Sustainability, greenwashing, and the light green approach to sport environmentalism

Byjay johnson, Adam Ehsan Ali

chapter 25|10 pages

Sport participation to create a deeper environmental identity with pro-environmental behaviors

ByVinathe Sharma-Brymer, Tonia Gray, Eric Brymer

chapter 26|11 pages

Sport and interspecies equity-based sustainability

ByMelanie Sartore-Baldwin

chapter 27|11 pages

Water and sports facilities

Usage, issues, and solutions
ByKyle S. Bunds

section 6|66 pages

Law and governance

chapter 29|14 pages

Going green

Environmental review, design, and operation of sports facilities
ByAlex Porteshawver

chapter 30|11 pages

A little green

The European Union’s efforts to promote environmental sustainability in sport
ByArnout Geeraert

chapter 31|14 pages

Environmental sustainability and governance in the 2012 London Games

ByVassil Girginov

chapter 32|11 pages

Law and norms in sustainability developments in the major American sports leagues

ByMatthew T. Bodie, Lucas D. Jackson

chapter 33|14 pages

Steady-state economics and stadiums

Using the Date of Ecological Maturity to conceptualize and govern sport facility construction
ByChristopher M. McLeod, John T. Holden

section |13 pages


chapter 34|11 pages

A pragmatic perspective on the future of sustainability in sport

ByTimothy B. Kellison, Brian P. McCullough