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Going Green: MBA Sustainability Programs

Green MBAMany business schools are including sustainability programs among their MBA offerings because business opportunities in the field have increased. From clean energy to programs to reduce a company’s carbon footprint, sustainability knowledge is in practical demand.

Green MBA programs incoprerate the ideals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability into traditional business administration programs. Not only for environmentalists, sustainable MBA programs provide a well rounded education for future business leaders. Individuals looking to make a difference in the world rather than just profit from it would benefit from a green MBA degree.

With highly desirable and profitable green industries like renewable energy, international development, and companies looking for more sustainablility, there are opportunities everywhere for those interested in green programs.

When looking into MBA programs, you may soon discover a new type of emphasis or concentration- the green MBA. Also dubbed the sustainable MBA, these MBA programs aren’t just for environmentalists. Colleges offering green MBA programs are changing business through their business degrees. There are even classes being offered through online colleges. The MBA or Master of Business Administration, has long been held as THE degree to obtain for a career in business. Whether looking to start your own business or becoming CEO of a corporation, an MBA is almost a pre-requisite to membership into this club.

So what does a Green MBA have to do with this? These programs offer to teach the tools of a sustainable business. Sustainability in this case refers to more than just the environment, but also to social and ethical behavior, something long ignored by the traditional MBA. It wasn’t long ago that less than a third of the top U.S. business schools addressed or associated any kind of social or environmental concerns to business, but this is rapidly changing. Being green and eco-friendly is becoming more important for a companies image and industry polluters are being marginalized. This is now a reality of doing business in a environmentally and socially conscious age.
 


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.org 
             
The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

Ford Motor Company
www.ford.com

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu

Defenders of Wildlife
www.defenders.org

The Earthday Network
www.earthday.org/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek
www.businessweek.com

Small Busienss Trends
www.smallbiztrends.com

The Dodson Group
www.thedodsongrp.com      

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Practicing Waste Prevention

Waste prevention means using less material to get a job done—and ending up with less waste to manage. In addition to environmental benefits, waste prevention saves money. Take a good look at your recycling collection data to see ways to reduce waste first. The most common forms of waste prevention are reducing, reusing, and donating.

Reduce
Modify current purchasing practices to reduce the amount of waste generated. For example:

  • Set printers and photocopiers to default duplexing and make training manuals and personnel information available electronically to reduce the amount of office paper used.
  • Purchase products that use less or no packaging materials.
  • Purchase products made with recycled-content materials.
  • Purchase products in bulk.
  • Switch to reusable transport containers.

Reuse
Reusing products and packaging prolongs their useful lives, delaying final disposal or recycling. Reuse is the repair, refurbishing, washing, or recovery of worn or used products, appliances, furniture, and building materials. You can, for example:

  • Reuse corrugated moving boxes internally.
  • Reuse office furniture and supplies, such as interoffice envelopes and file folders.
  • Use durable rather than disposable towels, tablecloths, napkins, dishes, cups, and glasses.
  • Use incoming packaging materials for outgoing shipments.

Donate
Prevent waste by donating products or materials to charities or nonprofits. For example:

  • Donate unwanted supplies to local schools or nonprofit organizations.
  • Donate food scraps for use as animal feed.
  • Donate uneaten food to local food banks.
  • Advertise surplus and reusable items through a commercial materials exchange.
  • Donate excess building materials to local low-income housing developers.

Fast Facts:

  • One recycled tin could offset the environmental impact of 3 hours of watching television.
    Recycled Paper uses 70% less energy to produce.
  • 16% of energy consumption in manufacture goes into the packaging.

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon International
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The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

The US Environmental Protection Agency
www.epa.gov/compost

Organic Farming Research Foundation
www.ofrf.org

United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/bacyyard

Natural Resources Defense Council
www.nrdc.org

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