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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.

Meet Professor Allen Hershkowitz at our May 1st conversation and information session.


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.

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.

Instructors

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

In addition to a Certificate issued by Presidio Graduate School, participants will receive transferrable course credit and their certification will appear on an official transcript from Alliant International University.

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 Associate Registrar Isa Dyer.

Schedule

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 Bethany Baugh, Director of Admissions, or request information here. For information on applications, please see the How to Apply page.

Tuition and Fees

Degree Candidates: $1040 per unit
Non-Degree Candidates: $1040 per unit
Alumni Candidates: $125 per unit

Your total tuition due over the course of your program will be $7,280. 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 from Alliant International University.

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


Information Session

Join Dr. Allen Hershkowitz for a special Sports and Sustainability information session at Impact HUB SF on Thursday, May 1st at 6:30pm.