Sustainability Centres Workshop 2018

Sustainability Centres Workshop 2018

NBS Sustainability Centres Workshop June 25-27, 2018 
NBS October 19, 2017
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Leaders of business sustainability research centres will gather for their fourth biennial workshop on June 25-27, 2018, at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City.

The workshop is an initiative of the Sustainability Centres Community (SCC), managed by the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS). Since 2012, the SCC has brought together more than 150 sustainability centres from business schools around the world to share ideas on improving research, teaching, outreach, and strategy — all with the aim of advancing knowledge and practice on business sustainability.

This workshop is co-hosted by the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. It provides a rare and important opportunity for leaders of business school sustainability/ responsibility centres to share common challenges and identify solutions. 

Participants will explore cutting-edge ideas and best practices to improve sustainability research, teaching and outreach; and experience hands-on training to increase skills in specific areas. Two days will focus specifically on centres; a third, organized by Cornell, will explore shared concerns with the broader sustainability community.   
The draft agenda is below, and early registration is available through March 15. The workshop fee is $300 USD ($350 after May 1), but limited bursaries may be available for individuals from emerging economies.

Our capacity is limited to 80 people, so we ask that no more than two individuals register from each centre. With any questions, please contact Maya Fischhoff.  
Please share this event with colleagues, and we look forward to seeing you in June. And, If you're not already a member of the Sustainability Centres Community, please join; it's free and we can do so much more working together.
Tima Bansal 
Network for Business Sustainability 
Ivey Business School 

Mark Milstein and Monica Touesnard 
Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise 
Cornell SC Johnson College of Business 

Workshop Materials


June 24, 2018: Coming to New York

June 25, 2018: Setting the Stage


June 26, 2018: Building Capacity

Explore centre issues in more depth

June 27, 2018: Connecting with Practice

Exchange perspectives on key questions

Organized by Cornell's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. Additional details here.


The workshop will be at the new Cornell Tech campus in New York City. The campus has many green innovations and should be a great site for conversations around sustainability.

The Cornell Tech campus is on Roosevelt Island, in Manhattan's East River.

Hotels: Please refer to our list of select hotels and their rates. Manhattan's Midtown East is the closest neighborhood for hotels, but Long Island City in Queens is also very accessible (and cheaper). This map shows Roosevelt Island's location between the two areas. We've suggested hotels and some AirBnB options in each location.

Several hotels are offering us discounted rates for the nights of June 24 – 27, but room quantities are limited and you must make the reservation by May 24 (30 days before the workshop - note that this is change from the original requirement). See the list of hotels for details.

Transportation: You can reach Roosevelt Island by train (subway), tram, bus, ferry, bike, or car. See map for more imagery on access. Details on several public transportation options are below; Cornell Tech's visitor page and Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) offer additional info. Public transportation options are all low cost.
Once you're on the island, it's quite walkable. The F Train stop is .3 miles from Cornell Tech; the tram and ferry are even closer. In addition, the free RIOC red bus will bring you directly to Cornell Tech. The bus travels from the island from north to south, visiting the F Line Roosevelt Island stop and the Roosevelt Island Tramway stop every 5 to 15 minutes. The bus runs daily between 5:45 A.M. and 2:30 A.M.

Please contact Safiyyah Hamid ( with additional logistics questions.

Previous Workshops

Previous workshops have been held at at INSEAD in 2016, Harvard in 2014, and Ivey in 2012. See the event pages for detailed outputs.

In this video, participants at the 2016 workshop share what they wish they had known about running a centre before they began.

Our Partners

The Sustainability Centres Workshop is made possible by support from the 
Network for Business Sustainability, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Harvard Business School Business and Environment Initiative, MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability at the University of Michigan, Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation at the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. 

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