Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership

The first of its kind in the world, the Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership addresses the global concern for increased environmental and ecological sustainability in the sport industry.

We empower students as leaders to establish and enhance the sustainability practices of sport organizations, leagues, and federations. 

The 15-credit, 100% online certificate can be completed in 9 months from anywhere in the world, and it is open to anyone who has completed at least a bachelor’s degree

Five courses will teach you to identify a sustainability problem, investigate the situation, gather relevant information, analyze data, propose a sustainable solution, and work with all relevant stakeholders.

  • Sport Business - Introduction to Sport Sustainability
  • Sustainable Sport Facility Management
  • Public Policy and Economic Activity of Sustainable Sport Business
  • Marketing Sustainability through Sport
  • Internship/Colloquium in Sustainable Sport

Our students are also required to take the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Associate certification exam. LEED, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Our graduates are well-positioned for leadership roles in the sustainable sport industry movement.


Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership

“Sports have the power to not only set an example of sustainable operations for businesses and events across the globe, but to inspire and motivate billions of people to take action on behalf of our planet and all humanity.”

David Muller Former membership Director for Green Sports Alliance

Program Highlights

The graduate Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership meets the demand for professionals who can assume leadership roles in ensuring environmental sustainability practices are embedded in businesses, communities, sport organizations and athletic programs of all types and sizes-recreational, local, professional, national, and international.

  • The curriculum focuses on the environmental aspects of sustainability that impact all aspects of a sport organization, including facility operations, finance, marketing, sponsorship, team operations, and supply chain management.
  • During the required practicum in a sport organization, students act as outside sustainability consultants, conducting research and analysis and making specific recommendations that are then presented directly to the organization.
  • Students are required to take the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Associate certification exam. LEED certification recognizes best-in-class build­ing strategies and practices.

Throughout the program, students are prepared for leadership that ensures the success of environmental sustainability efforts in the sport industry. 


  • Derek Battle|Play Fresh

    Derek Battle|Play Fresh

    SSL 2017
    "In a short amount of time I realized that this program was the best place to begin transforming my passion for sports and sustainability into a career."

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  • Santiago Gallo

    Santiago Gallo

    MSAL/SSL 2018
    "The philosophy and the goals of the program were aligned with mine which at the end I think is going to help me become a better professional and a better person."

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