Organizational capacity and sport, the environment, and sustainability

Making the case for capacity building

Authored by: Julie Stevens

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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Among academics, the topic of environmental sustainability (ES) is a nascent sub-discipline within sport management (McCullough, Pfahl, & Nguyen, 2016; Trendafilova, McCullough, Pfahl, Nguyen, Casper, & Picariello, 2014). Among managers, the practice of environmental sustainability is a contemporary issue within the sport industry (Dolles & Söderman, 2010; Kellison, Trendafilova, & McCullough, 2015). As sport environmental sustainability (SES) theory and practice advance, so, too, does our understanding of the environmental impact of sport and strategies to curtail such impact. Although scholars and executives make a convincing case that sport environmental sustainability is needed, neither definitively addresses the broader question of whether sport organizations are able to attain and maintain pro-environmental organizational change. That is, do sport organizations have the capacity to be environmentally sustainable?

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