Exploring Innovative Solutions for Sustainability in Education


Business sustainability curricula aren’t limited to readings and cases. Interactive challenges and Escape Rooms can enrich syllabi.

This session was part of the NBS Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) Workshop 2021. The SCC connects business school sustainability centres worldwide.  

At the 2021 Sustainability Centres Community Workshop 2021, Marina Schmitz and Silvia Damme (CBS International Business School) introduced attendees to the transnational project Innovative Solutions for Sustainability in Education (ISSUE) and the resources that have emerged from it. Session participants then discussed how to apply these tools in their own institutions.

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Funded by the European Union, ISSUE aims to embed sustainability in organizations through knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation. The project has produced educational tools based on principles and goals of sustainable development. They include:

●      ISSUE Methodology Handbook and Cases

●      ISSUE 21-Day Challenge

●      ISSUE Sustainability Escape Room

●      ISSUE Future Sustainability Manager Summer School Program

Session participants also discussed ways to improve institutional sustainability in higher education, including the Green Office Concept for Universities.

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The collaborative Miro Board’s which participants contribute to during the session:


About the SCC Workshop 2021

Every two years, the NBS Sustainability Centres Community Workshop connects leaders of business school sustainability centres for learning and action. This session was a part of the most recent Workshop in July 2021: “Designing the Business School Sustainability Centre of the Future.” See the main Workshop page for an overview and to access additional sessions.

The 2021 Workshop was hosted by the Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility (STaR) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES) at the FH Wien University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication.

See the Sustainability Centres Community homepage for additional information and to join the group.

Header photo is taken by Marius Brand of WU Vienna, who gave us a great sense of what our conference would have felt like in Vienna, had it not been virtual.

About the Session Leaders

Marina Schmitz, CBS International Business School

Marina Schmitz is passionate about challenging the status quo of how we understand and teach economy and management-related content to our students. To accomplish this goal and create a more inclusive and sustainable society and business environment, she seeks the exchange with fellow educators and practitioners. Furthermore, she is actively engaged in networks, such as the European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR), The Sustainability Centres Community of the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS SCC), and the AIB Sustainability and Teaching and Education Shared Interest Group. Marina holds a BA and MA in Business Administration and Chinese studies from Trier University and is currently doing her PhD with University of Goettingen in Human Resources Management and Asian Business. She is a Lecturer, Research Associate and Project Manager at the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) at CBS International Business School in Cologne, Germany.

Silvia Damme, CBS International Business School

Silvia Damme is a passionate advocate for sustainability as the new normal at the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at CBS International Business School in Cologne, Germany. As project manager and research associate her work focuses on sustainable management and innovative pedagogy in the field of sustainability education, where she is currently involved in various international research projects. She gives lectures and workshops on CSR and Sustainable Management, as well as in the field of Future Literacy. Silvia is dedicated to connecting sustainable change makers from academia, business and society and has been involved in organizing large scale events and conferences in the fields of sustainable business and climate action in Germany, as well as in the United States. Silvia further holds professional experience in sustainability consulting and implementation of change processes for more sustainable business practice.

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