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Sustainability & Major Sport Events

Hamad Bin Khalifa University via edX Professional Certificate


There are over 50 major sport events taking place every year across the world. While these events impact on natural resources, represent significant project expenditure and impact on workers across industries, they also pose great benefits and can create a legacy for the host city, country or region.

The Sustainability & Major Sport Events professional certificate program looks at the key sustainability factors to consider how a major sport event can be leveraged to build a lasting legacy that improves efficiency, promotes conservation of resources and adds significant value to the host community.

The five pillars of sustainability; human, social, economic, governance and environmental, are explored on this program with a focus on core principles and real-world examples presented to further embed an understanding of sustainability within this context.

During the first course you will learn about each of the sustainability pillars and the importance of how they relate to a major sport event. The second course provides you with practical steps and tools to plan and host a major sport event that is sustainable, with a lasting legacy.

We recommend that you complete the courses in order, as the learning journey takes you from principles towards implementation. However, you may enroll in either course based on your level of experience and interest.

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Courses under this program:
Course 1: Sustainability & Major Sport Events: Principles

Learn the five pillars of sustainability and how to apply these when planning and hosting a major sport event.

Course 2: Sustainability & Major Sport Events: Implementation

Learn the best practices and tools you need to plan and implement a sustainable major sport event.


Taught by

Dr. Talar Sahsuvaroglu, Dr. Susan L. Karamanian, Dr. Sami G. Al-Ghamdi, Dr. Josélia Neves, Dr. Hamish R. Mackey, Alex Charles, José Retana, Katie Morison and Orjan Lundberg



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