SLS Project

The Sustainability Through Sport Initiative at the University of Minnesota bridges classroom opportunities with boots-on-the-ground experience for undergraduate students, and offers unique research opportunities to grad students.

In partnership with the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Wild, the MLB All Star Game, the Minnesota X-Games, Gopher Athletics, and the NCAA Men’s Final Four 2019, this program seeks to research, design and implement innovative sustainability solutions in pro- and college sport settings.

STS is driven by an active Green Team of over 50 members, a grant-funded research initiative on college sport sustainability, and a close relationship with the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. STS is poised to widen its reach in the sport industry over the coming years, to become the leading research engine and sustainability support program for professional and college sport organizations across the United States.

Your browser isn't supporting embedded pdf files. You can download the file here.

Full screen
Contact us

If you or your organization is interested in partnering with the STS Initiative, please get in touch!

Tiffany Richardson, Ph.D.

MLB All Star Game, Miami 2017

Dr. Tiffany Richardson is a lecturer in Sport Management at the University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology. She holds a Ph.D. in Sport, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to pursuing graduate school, Tiffany had a successful career in professional sports working with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Anaheim Ducks. Since arriving at the University of Minnesota in 2009, she has grown her network in the Twin Cities and has developed collaborative partnerships with the MLB All Star Games (2014-2017), the Minnesota Twins (Go Twins, Go Green program, 2014-present), the Minnesota Wild (Go Wild, Go Green program, 2016-present), the Minnesota X-Games (2017 and 2018). She currently holds appointments as an Educator with the Institute on the Environment, and as Co-Chair of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four Sustainability Committee.

Caroline Heffernan

Caroline Heffernan is a doctoral student in Sport Management at the University of Minnesota, advised by Dr. Lisa Kihl. She holds a Master's in Sport Management from Temple University and a Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College. Caroline currently instructs the undergraduate sport management program (Organizational Management in Sport, Ethics in Sport, Introduction to Sport Management, and the Senior Seminar in Sport Management). Caroline has been involved in the Sustainability Through Sport program at the University of Minnesota since 2016, serving as an Assistant Coordinator for the MLB All Star Games Green Team and the Go Twins Go Green program.

Madeleine Orr

Madeleine Orr is a doctoral student in Sport Management at the University of Minnesota, advised by Dr. Yuhei Inoue. She is concurrently pursuing a M.S. in Natural Resource Science and Management, also at the University of Minnesota. Madeleine obtained an M.S. in International Events Management from the University of Brighton and a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa. This Fall 2017, she will instruct the Sport Events and Facilities undergraduate course. Since November of 2016, Madeleine has been leading the Sustainability Through Sport research efforts (funded by the Institute on the Environment Mini-Grant).

Nicole Petschow

Sport Management Alumnus, class of 2016

Minnesota Wild Green Team - sign up