By Josh Prigge, Sustainable Nations Podcast
Erik Distler is the Director of Partnerships for the Green Sports Alliance. In his role, Erik has internal and external facing responsibilities, including organizational management and strategy, business development, and oversight of members and partnerships, in addition to leading the organization’s strategic partnerships and collaborations, most significantly with ESPN and various professional sports leagues.
Prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance, Erik was most recently with PwC as a consultant within the firm’s Sustainable Business Solutions advisory practice. Erik’s experience prior to PwC includes business development, management, accounting & finance consulting and public accounting.
Erik Joins Sustainable Nation to Discuss:
- The sustainability movement in professional sports
- Getting athletes to become sustainability advocates
- 2026 World Cup North America and sustainability
- Advice and recommendations for sustainability leaders
Erik’s Final Five Responses:
What is one piece of advice you would give other sustainability professionals that might help them in their careers?
The advice I would give is to remain flexible and strategic around how you embrace or create opportunities for yourself. So, we are building the plane as we fly it in this space of sustainability. It’s often that the jobs individuals have in sustainability were created by someone being inside of an organization who saw an opportunity to establish this new focus for their organization, and many who have roles that touch sustainability in some way, shape or form, probably contributed to establishing the job description or the role or title. So, just consider where and how you can get creative in developing and advancing in this space and creating opportunities, not only for yourself, but for others who are coming out of school or have passion in doing a career change and ultimately want to contribute to effecting change in the space.