Sport and interspecies equity-based sustainability

Authored by: Melanie Sartore-Baldwin

Routledge Handbook of Sport and the Environment

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138666153
eBook ISBN: 9781315619514
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As natural resources continue to dwindle, more and more attention is being paid to the conservation, preservation, and sustainability efforts of organizations, in general, and sport organizations, in particular. Over the past two decades, sport and sport organizations have taken a great deal of responsibility in addressing their past, current, and future impact on the planet. Indeed, many sport organizations, sport leagues, athletic departments, and the like are now implementing environmental initiatives (Trendafilova, Babiak, & Heinze, 2013; Trendafilova, McCullough, Pfahl, Nguyen, Casper, Picariello, 2014). Within the United States, for example, the four major sports leagues have partnered on sustainability efforts with a national environmental group that actively advocates for the protection of natural resources (i.e., National Resource Defense Council [NRDC]). A global example, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (i.e., FIFA) has been involved with environmental protection programs for nearly a decade. Regional and local sport leagues and organizations have also formed partnerships with the intent of implementing pro-environmental strategies (Trendafilova, Kellison, & Spearman, 2014).

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