Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Innovation in Sustainability Education

Universities that focus on sustainability are increasingly seeing the value of embedding innovative approaches into their curriculum. Schools who seek to be leaders in environmental education provide a tremendous benefit to their students through the incorporation of innovation. Such innovation serves as both a teaching tool and a real world example of the practice of sustainability. Here are two examples of such innovation from the world leading Haas school of business and Cornell University's S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.

UC Berkeley's Haas business school has a Socially Responsible Investment Fund. The program recently completed an oversubscribed crowdfunding campaign, raising $100,000 to enable students to invest real money, not merely trade in hypothetical accounts.

Another innovation is at Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, which offers students customized, one-on-one coaching and mentor-ship through a dedicated sustainability counselor at the school's career center.

Innovation is at the heart of sustainability. As more schools provide environmentally themed programs it can be expected that innovative approaches to education will increase as well.

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