Business school sustainability centres are revolutionizing business models. The Success Stories below feature outreach initiatives of sustainability centres around the world: these are ways that centres are changing their communities. Each story includes activity impacts and provides guidance for implementing something similar. Success Stories give diverse examples of centre strategies for changing business practice on local and regional scales, including: 1. Empowering students to bring innovative ideas to life 2. Facilitating knowledge exchange with companies 3. Educating politicians on sustainability issues Outreach has directly benefitted centres, attracting funding and improving reputation. Outreach activities have also had real-world impact, such as reducing greenhouse emissions, launching new ventures like eco-accommodation and achieving clean energy policies. To share your centre’s Success Story, email Chelsea Hicks.


Sustainability Curriculum Consortium: Join the movement!

Centre directors, Faculty members and deans passionate about sustainability curriculum development are invited to join a new consortium that meets annually. The 2015 meeting was coordinated by the Center for Education on Social Responsibility and Executive Director Mark Meaney discusses the consortium's objectives and activities.

 

Seed Sustainability Early (Part II): Inspire youth by engaging high school students

Want to inspire the next generation to lead sustainably?  Start early.  That’s the approach of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at Silberman School of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University.  ISE engages high school students directly by organizing case-based sustainability challenges. These events help students better understand sustainability, while also meeting high school curricular requirements for problem-based learning.

 

Seed Sustainability Early (Part I): Magnify your impact by teaching teachers

Want to inspire the next generation to lead sustainably?  Start early.  That’s the approach of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at Silberman School of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University.  ISE offers professional development for primary and secondary school teachers, equipping them to teach sustainability.  This has enabled ISE to reach 1500 students. Read about ISE's processes, outcomes and advice for engaging teachers.

 

How to Benefit Students and Communities through a “Wealth Building Practicum”

To investigate the possibility of social change through education, three schools from the University of Maryland system have piloted an innovative experiential learning practicum that places students at the heart of community development initiatives. The initiative, a partnership between the Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. School of Business, the School of Social Work, and the Francis King Carey School of Law, embeds students in the process of developing community-based worker-owned cooperatives.

 

Using Communication to Build a Sustainability Community

Communication can help create and define a sustainability community.The Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI), Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, has ambitious goals for its communication efforts but takes a simple approach. To break through the clutter, CSSI publishes a weekly, single page e-newsletter to share relevant sustainability information while keeping it accessible, interesting and fun.

 

Clean Energy Training for Political Candidates Leads to Policy Improvement

The University of Arkansas’s Applied Sustainability Center (ASC) bridged a political divide and addressed a knowledge gap through energy policy workshops for state political candidates. In the resulting legislative session, politicians worked across parties to pass progressive energy legislation.

 

Innovative Communications Plan Advances Clean Energy in Massachusetts

The Innovation Network for Sustainable SMEs (INaMi) devises innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. The network, run by the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, facilitates collaboration between researchers, SMEs and topical experts.

 

University Support for Student Project Sparks Change Across Waterloo Region Canada

The undergraduates from Wilfred Laurier University studied carbon policy and conceptualized how a local not-for-profit could help businesses in Waterloo Region, Canada reduce emissions beyond regulatory requirements. The P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability (P&G-CBS) at Wilfred Laurier guided their research and provided funding to turn the students’ research into reality.