Sport Sustainability Leadership Certificate (online)

Seattle University

Year Founded: Jan. 1, 2016
Date Posted: April 22, 2016
Submitted by: Brian McCullough
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Tags: athletics
Program Type: Professional or Continuing Education Certificate/Diploma
Completion: 9 months
Distance: Distance Education
Commitment: Both


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 certificate is open to anyone who has at least a bachelor’s degree. This 15-credit, asynchronous, online specialization includes the following five courses: 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.

These 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. 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.

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of the Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership, students should demonstrate specific competencies in these areas:

Content knowledge specific to the field of sport management. Students will be able to demonstrate a broad conceptual view of leadership and administration of sport organizations. Specifically, students will recognize the scientific underpinnings of the concepts in the discipline (e.g. knowledge, theory, and tools of inquiry), and appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of the study of sport management (e.g. foundational elements from psychology, sociology, business, etc.).

Discovery and inquiry skills. Specifically, students will observe the world around them, question the status quo, investigate prior knowledge, and network for new ideas.

Critical thinking skills. Specifically, students will be able to analyze problems and contexts by dissecting them into key elements, meanings and relationships; devise solutions by integrating knowledge and value-based judgment; develop arguments for action through formal and informal assessment strategies.

Communications skills. Students will be able to use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster inquiry, collaboration, and engagement in settings specific to the discipline. Specifically, students will be able to listen to others with respect, operate well in teams, and convey ideas effectively in written and oral communications.

Numeracy. Students will be able to apply and interpret numerical concepts.

Technology skills. Students will be able to use a variety of technological applications to improve the effectiveness of personal understanding, scholarly pursuits and professional performance.

Social responsibility by exhibiting leadership with integrity. Students will promote inclusivity in order to improve the quality of life for all individuals.

Professional and personal growth through lifelong learning. Students will be a reflective professional who actively seeks to further self-knowledge and seeks opportunities to grow at the personal, scholarly and professional level.

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