Matt Dolf

Matt Dolf

Supervisor: Prof. Robert Sparks & Prof. Jan-Anders Månson
Current Program: PhD
Research Area: Sport Management and Environmental Sustainability

My passion is using sport to effect positive change in society; a philosophy that comes from being a competitive tennis player, sports administrator, coach, and official. My PhD research investigates how managers can measure and improve the environmental sustainability of their sports events using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Regenerative Design approaches. I have a Master of Advanced Studies in Sports Administration & Technology from the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) and a Bachelors degree in Recreation & Health Education from the University of Victoria.

In addition to my studies, I work as the UBC Director of Special Olympics Initiatives and as the Manager of the UBC Centre for Sport and Sustainability.

In my spare time I am a sports junkie including primarily: tennis, beach volleyball, kayaking, climbing, cycling, soccer and skiing.


Dolf, M. (2012). Life Cycle Assessment of the UBC Thunderbirds teams, events, and venues. Vancouver, BC: UBC Centre for Sport and Sustainability.

Chard, C., & Dolf, M. (2012). Safeguarding the natural Environment in event management. In C. Mallen & L. Adams (Eds.), Event management in sport, recreation and tourism: Theoretical and practical dimensions (Second., pp. 166–180). London: Routledge.

Dolf, M. (2012). Navigating by night: Using life cycle assessment tools to help sport event managers chart a course towards environmental sustainability. Presented at the NASSM Conference, Seattle: North American Society of Sport Management.

Dolf, M. (2011). SSETing up Sport with Tools for Sustainability. In J. Savery & K. Gilberts (Eds.), Sustainability & Sport (pp. 33–42). Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing.

Dolf, M., Teehan, P., Vigneault, A., Zhang, S., & Storey, S. (2011). The Global Warming Potential Impact of a “Small” Basketball Event (pp. 142–148). Presented at the LCA XI, Chicago, IL: American Centre for Life Cycle Assessment.

Dolf, M., & Duffy, A. (2008). Sustainable Sport and Event Toolkit. Lausanne: AISTS, Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.