Sunday, January 27, 2008

Green MBA News

A few things have come up related to "Green MBA" programs over the past few weeks that bear a bit of time. Most recently, one of my BGI classmates alerted me to the launch of the Harvard Business Review's HBRGreen site, "A Discussion about Leadership and the Environment", as indicated from their homepage. The welcome video clip from Thomas A. Stewart, Editor and Managing Director of the Harvard Business Review introduces the site as something important and necessary given the magnitude of the climate change challenge, ending with the phrase, " your company is better positioned for the opportunities and risks of a carbon constrained world." (Image from bitweavers)

The fact that HBR launched this site is a good thing, and echoes the comments made by a member of Sustainable Step New England I ran into at the New Ecology Sustainable Development Forum at MIT last week. He has been working in the "sustainability" space for quite some time, long enough to remember when "green" issues and resources were few and far between. Now, he says, he cannot keep up with the news and resources. I feel the same way. This is a good thing.

On the green MBA front, Marlboro Graduate Center welcomed their first MBA in Managing for Sustainability this weekend in Brattleboro, VT. It is good to see another small college making the innovative plunge into the susMBA space here in the Northeast.

I am curious to see how quickly the "mainstream" business schools flock to the green issue as a marketing tool and a curriculum addition. Perhaps it is already integrated farther than I am aware of.

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