As the vice president of sustainability, Erik Distler is responsible for overseeing AEG’s industry-leading sustainability programme. In this capacity, he focuses on global strategies, tactics and setting targets that address operational impacts and data capture and measurement across key environmental metrics, such as greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and waste reduction.
He also supports AEG’s global business units in the implementation and execution of sustainability initiatives, manages external partnerships related to sustainability, facilitates the sharing of best practices and ensures that sustainability is a source of value across the company.
Distler has worked at the intersection of environmental and social responsibility in sports and entertainment for more than ten years. Before joining AEG, he built and led the sports-focused sustainability strategy and program at Nike. Prior to Nike, he was with the Green Sports Alliance where he oversaw relationships with corporate partners, live entertainment events, professional sports leagues and clubs, sports governing bodies, and collegiate schools and conferences, as well as working extensively with ESPN. He also spent time as a sustainability consultant with PwC.