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About the SEG's Earth Day Series

The Sport Ecology Group was founded in early 2019 and launched on Earth Day (April 22) 2019. 

Each year, to celebrate the anniversary of our group's work and to enrich our knowledge-sharing efforts, we host an online series of panels and workshops. 

The schedule for 2022 is below (in EST and British Summer Time).

Schedule (US/Canada Times)

Wednesday, April 6th


9am EDT / 2pm BST

How are sport fans tackling climate change?

View the recording here

As sport organizations lead initiatives to encourage sustainable behaviors and address climate change, the fans and participants of sport are leading their own. This session will highlight how fans and participants address climate change through sport. A framework for these initiatives and key performance indicators will be explained. Practical examples, Plegeball & Save Pond Hockey, will then be detailed during the session.

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Casper, NC State University


  • Steve Baynes, CEO & Co-Founder of Save Pond Hockey

  • Katie Cross, Founder of Plegeball

  • Dr. Brain McCullough, Texas A&M University


Friday, April 8th

3pm EDT / 8pm BST

NASSM Student Engagement Session:

Sport Sutainability and Ecology


  • Dr. Chen Chen, Assistant Professor at UConn and SEG member

  • Dr. Brian McCullough, Associate Professor at Texas A&M and SEG co-director

  • Dr. Jessica Murfree, Visiting Assistant Professor and ACES Fellow at Texas A&M and SEG member

Tuesday, April 12th


8am EDT / 1pm BST

Can golf courses benefit biodiversity? After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Golf courses occupy considerable land area around the world. While intensive management practices to maintain golf courses undoubtedly change ecosystems and habitats, could it also be possible for golf courses to contribute positively to sustainability, and particularly, biodiversity goals? This session will focus on two research projects and a professional practice examining precisely this question, as a starting point for considering how course design and maintenance practices can be modified to support healthier habitats and enhanced biodiversity.

Moderator: Jordan Howell, PhD, MBA – Rowan University

  • Irene Petrosillo, Universitá del Salento, Italy

  • Thu Nguyen, Murdoch University, Australia

  • Kate Torgerson, founder, Environmental Golf Solutions Australia


Wednesday, April 20th


11am EDT / 4pm BST

 How can sport and exercise scientists help to address the climate change emergency?

MS Teams: How can sport and exercise scientists help to address the climate change emergency?

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is a signatory of both the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework and the Pledge to Net Zero.


As part of the commitment to tackling climate change, the BASES Climate Change Action Team is implementing various work streams that aim to be relevant, practical and grounded, impactful and focused on real change, and informed by the scientific evidence.


This session will explore the role of the sport and exercise scientist as climate change educator, role model and agent of change – practical applied examples will be given that enable a ‘learn it today, use it tomorrow’ approach.

The speakers for this session are:

  • Dr Andy Smith MBE FBASES (Chair of the BASES CCAT, Chair of the BASES Public and External Affairs Advisory Panel).

  • Romain Denis MPhil, CSci (Laboratory manager, Hertfordshire Institute of Sport,Member of the BASES CCAT team).

Support the SEG

The Sport Ecology Group is a fiscally sponsored non-profit. 

Our team works on a volunteer basis to deliver new SEG content, events, resources and research on a regular basis. We offer our events and resources for free, with the goal of advancing climate action in the sport sector.

Please consider making a donation to help us keep our resources and events free and frequent.


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