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Extension wins outstanding educational technology award

UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension and UF Sport Management programs jointly received the award for outstanding Educational Technology. The award was presented by the Association of Natural Resource Professionals and will be received by the waste reduction program.  The ANREP Awards Program “fosters high standards within the membership, recognize significant achievement, and expand the use of high quality, innovative materials and programs by honoring the outstanding members and partners who developed them.”

About the course:

SPM605: Environmental Sports Management is an online 3 credit course within the University of Florida’s Sport Management program. The course marks the first offering environmentally sustainability management strategies within the sport management program. The course is designed to introduce students to environmental management of the sport industry. Through case studies, in-class discussions and practical exercises, students will gain an understanding of the components of a successful environmental sustainability program. Throughout the semester, students evaluated sporting leagues, individual teams, collegiate programs, as well as venues and arenas that are implementing environmental programs into their operations.

The sports industry is much more than the teams that are taking the field. In today’s world of sports, managers must be aware of all components of their organization. One way the industry is changing is through the promotion of healthy and sustainable communities. Sports leagues, franchises, colleges, teams, venues are looking to embrace environmental programs: renewable energy, water conservation, recycling and zero waste programs, sustainable purchasing, safer chemicals and environmentally friendly practices.

The course featured live interviews, site visits and videos provided by the following program partners:

  • Amalie Arena – Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Green Sports Alliance
  • L.A. Better Building Challenge
  • National Hockey League
  • UF Sustainability Office
  • The Ohio State University
  • Seattle University
  • U.S. Open Tennis
  • NBC Golf
  • Miami Superbowl Committee 2020
  • Major League Baseball – JetBlue Park (Boston), Baltimore Orioles

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