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Assessing environmental performance at an international multi-sport event (2010)

This study assessed the environmental performance of the International Children's Games (ICG). The environmental performance assessment was completed using the Sport Event Environmental Performance Model (SE-EPM), which was adapted to suit the unique context of a sport event (e.g. 'company' was changed to 'Games'). Each participant in the study rated items in the SE-EPM, then additional data was collected through 15 interviews with members of the event's middle and upper management.

The findings show that despite a significant effort by the organization to initiate environmental sustianability, the overall environmental performance was weak to moderate.

Several barriers contributed to the weak environmental performance: - structural issues such as poor communication about environmental initiatives - lack of internal and external communication meant organizational members and stakeholders were unaware of existing ES practices within the organization - an ad-hoc approach to environmental performance resource allocation (e.g. sustainability initiatives were abandoned when human capital and finances became scarce because decisions to designate resources to the plans were not formalized), and - planning breakdowns in the lead-up to the event.

CITE: Mallen, C., Stevens, J., Adams, L., & McRoberts, S. (2010). The assessment of the environmental performance of an international multi-sport event. European Sport Management Quarterly, 10(1), 97-122.

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