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Sports and Sustainability Certificate Program

Presidio Graduate School is pleased to announce its launch of the Sports and Sustainability Certificate Program, the only MBA-level sustainability program focused exclusively on the sports industry. The curriculum is focused on providing sports industry professionals the skills and knowledge to successfully integrate sustainability into their business operations and to leverage the singular power of sports to help address today’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. The centerpiece of the Certificate is The Business of Sports and Sustainability, a course taught by Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, which can be taken by itself, or with other courses as part of the Certificate course of study. Click here for schedule and logistics.

Who Should Attend:

  • Working professionals in sports management or related fields who want to add expertise in sustainable business practices to their roles in managing sports operations and sports marketing or who want to qualify for specific job roles or advancement opportunities that require an understanding of sustainable management;
  • Full time students enrolled in Presidio’s degree programs, who might be interested in a career in sports management, and;
  • Senior managers in the sports industry– including officials from leagues, teams, vendors, and sponsors – who want the skills to shift their organizations toward a more sustainable business model.
  • Managers of events in large venues, particularly those whose events occur in stadiums or concert venues.

What You’ll Learn:

The intensive Sports and Sustainability Certificate curriculum is comprised of two courses:

(1) Principles of Sustainable Management and

(2) The Business of Sports and Sustainability.

The Certificate curriculum teaches students how to incorporate ecologically and socially preferable and cost-competitive practices into venue and team operations, procurement, sponsor relations and fan engagement, while also helping them learn about enhancing the eco- and social-market value of a company’s brand. In addition, students will develop skills to implement best practices, focusing on areas that include:

Energy efficiency and water conservation; Ecologically preferable purchasing; Composting and zero waste management; Safer chemicals; Transportation; Healthy food options; Concessionaire relations; and, Fan engagement.

The curriculum will include case studies, concrete tools, and a collaborative learning environment with the opportunity to interact with sports and sustainability professionals including:

  • Neil Boland, Vice President, Information Security and Special Projects, Office of the Commissioner, MLB
  • Martin Tull, Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance
  • John Shegerian, President and CEO, Electronic Recyclers International Inc
  • Rob Watson, CEO and Chief Scientist, ECON Group
  • Christopher A. Bradlee, Market Development Manager, Biopolymers, BASF North America
  • John Waffenschmidt, V.P. Environmental Science & Community Affairs, Covanta Energy Corp.
  • Paul Gilman, Ph.D., Chief Sustainability Officer, Senior Vice President, Covanta Energy Corp.
  • Michael Van Brunt, P.E., Director, Sustainability, Covanta
  • Michael Totten, Founder and President, Assets for Life
  • Val Fishman, Director, Climate Business Group, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
  • Chris Walker, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young
  • Jack Groh, Director, NFL Environmental Program
  • Omar Mitchell, Director, NHL Sustainability Program
  • Jami Leveen, Director, Marketing and Environmental Stewardship, Aramark
  • Alice Henly, Resource Specialist, NRDC
  • Darby Hoover, Senior Resource Specialist, NRDC
  • Syd Mandelbaum, Founder and CEO, Rock and Wrap It Up
  • Jill Savery, Olympic Gold Medalist; CEO, Bristlecone Strategies; former Head of Sustainability, America’s Cup
  • Doug Behar, Senior Director of Ballpark Operations, Yankee Stadium
  • Robin Raj, Founder and CEO, CitizenGroup
  • John Marler, Senior Director, Energy and Environment, AEG
  • Becky Dale, Manager of Environmental Sustainability, AEG
  • Steve Ashkin, President, The Ashkin Group
  • Mike Lynch, Vice President, Green Innovation, NASCAR
  • Mary Anne Biddiscombe, Director of Customer Solutions & Consumer Education, Coca-Cola Recycling
  • Elizabeth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer, Skanska USA and Former Chair of the USGBC
  • Tom Tingle, Sr. V.P. and National Director of Sports COE, Skanska
  • Chris DeVolder, Project Leader, 360 Architects

And others from collegiate and professional leagues and teams…

Students successfully completing the Certificate program will gain a deep understanding of sustainability frameworks and a detailed knowledge of the best practices relevant for today’s sports business and policy leaders.

Students may also take the Business of Sports and Sustainability course alone, without earning a Certificate.


The Presidio Sports and Sustainability Certificate Program is being offered in affiliation with the Green Sports Alliance and is taught by Presidio faculty along with professionals working in the sports industry who are leading the sports greening movement from within the industry, including stadium and arena operators, league and team officials, vendors and sponsors. The Sports and Sustainability Certificate Program is directed by Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council and Founder and Director of NRDC’s Sports Greening Project.

Course Credit

Participants will receive transferable course credit, will receive a Certificate issued by Presidio Graduate School, and and their certification will appear on an official transcript.

Alumni are eligible to take Certificate coursework for a reduced fee, and receive a Certificate. However, Certification will not appear on the transcript of alumni taking advantage of discounted tuition. Click here for more information or inquire with the Registrar.


Presidio courses are delivered in a hybrid (online and in person format). Each course meets in person five times per semester for all-day Residencies, with online, collaborative work in between the Residencies. The five class dates for Fall 2014 will be August 23, September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 13. For more information please read the learning environment page and the Academic Calendar.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Department, or request information here. For information on applications, please see the How to Apply page.

Tuition and Fees

Degree Candidates: $1092 per unit
Non-Degree Candidates: $1092 per unit
Alumni Candidates: $125 per unit

Your total tuition due over the course of your program will be $7,644. Scholarships are available.

Degree and Non-Degree Candidates are also subject to applicable student fees, and will be expected to purchase books for their courses. Once an application is accepted, Candidates will receive information about registration and tuition payment process.

Alumni non-transcript candidates must submit their $125 per unit tuition to the Registrar within seven days of the beginning of the course.