It is good to know that the new institute of higher learning I decided to attend has received some fairly high level recognition in the SRI space. BGI was honored as the inaugural winner of the Bavaria Award for Innovation at the CERES conference in Boston.
Portions of the CSRWire press release text follows:
April 29, 2008 - Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) in Washington, the first graduate school in the U.S. to offer an MBA in Sustainable Business, is the winner of the Bavaria Award for Innovation, an award that honors achievements that have the potential to create lasting change.I am part of this community and contributing to its growth. What an opportunity, and a challenge. There is much more work to do.
Washington-based BGI's MBA in Sustainable Business has pioneered the integration of social and environmental responsibility across a full spectrum of the graduate business curriculum. Since its founding in 2002, BGI has trained hundreds of students to successfully lead large corporations, small businesses, and non-profit organizations to compete in the mainstream marketplace while simultaneously including sustainability as a core strategy.
"BGI's innovative approach has proven to be a model for changing the way business schools around the country incorporate sustainability into their programs," said Gifford Pinchot, BGI’s President and Founder. "As faculty return to their home institutions from our monthly residential immersion program, they bring with them a new understanding of how global business can be transformed in the direction of the good, thus prompting more and more requests for BGI's help in designing sustainable MBA programs elsewhere."