Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness

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Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness

Boston, United States 

University of Massachusetts College of Management

Organizational Structure

SERC is an interdisciplinary centre housed in the College of Management. SERC was founded and is directed by David Levy, who also serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the college. About 15 faculty are affiliated with the centre. SERC has a co-director, Vesela Veleva, who is also a full-time lecturer. SERC collaborates closely with other departments and colleges on campus and with other institutions.


The mission of the SERC is to spur the development of a vibrant and sustainable low-carbon regional economy that serves as a model to the world. We pursue this mission by engaging in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research on the linkages between sustainability and firm-level and regional competitiveness; by developing and delivering educational programs that provide the skills needed for workforce development to support a sustainability transformation; and by engaging in outreach and service to the larger community.

Main Activities

Examples of recent outreach events:
  1. The annual Green Careers Forum including 15 local employers and attracting over 120 students, alumni and others in the Boston area.
  2. An event on hydraulic fracturing – understanding the intersection of water and energy, with speakers Jim Matheson, CEO and President of Oasys Water, and Rich Liroff, executive director of the Investor Environmental Health Network.
  3. Event on Sustainability and the IT nexus with Kathrin Winkler, Senior VP and Chief Sustainability Officer of EMC Corp.
  4. Event on low wages with a panel including the Hitachi Foundation, Business for Fair Minimum Wage, and the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston.
  5. Event on sustainability in the supply chain with representatives from Staples and Ernst & Young.
More information about past events is available at


David Levy
Professor of Strategy and Management, Founder and Director of SERC