Join virtual discussions to share knowledge, get advice, and build community with business school sustainability centre leaders from around the world. Register now.
Business school sustainability centres are an essential part of meeting today’s sustainability challenges. Many advance common sustainability goals through research, teaching and outreach. They also face common challenges – from identifying a core focus to funding and scaling centres.
The NBS Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) exists to connect and support these centres in their work. It’s a network of almost 200 centres, at universities on every continent but Antarctica.
In 2023-2024, the SCC will have a new space for peer support: an “open space” discussion, held every other month, where centre leaders can discuss current challenges and opportunities in running sustainability centres.
This series builds on a discussion at the 2023 SCC Workshop of the “nuts and bolts” of running a centre, where leaders identified priority questions and possible solutions. Let’s continue the peer-to-peer learning.
The format: During each session, participants will suggest discussion topics and then break into groups to share advice and experiences, with space to report back key learnings. Live topic identification and changing participants makes for relevant, timely, and fresh discussions.
Whether you’ve been working with a centre for years or you’ve just started dreaming about founding one, there are sustainability centre leaders around the world who can share insights with you — and benefit from your perspective.
Most sessions are taking place at 9:00AM ET / 3:00PM CET. We will also hold one session at 9:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM CST (China Standard Time) to accommodate members in the Asia Pacific Region. Registration for this event is separate.
Oct 11, 2023 – See notes and key takeaway video below.
Dec 13, 2023
Jan 17, 2024, 9 PM ET / 9 AM CST. Register here for the Asia Pacific Session.
Feb 14, 2024
April 10, 2024
June 12, 2024
Potential Discussion Topics
Existing resources on running a sustainability centre
Looking for answers now? You might find them in these existing compilations of SCC wisdom:
- How to Run a Sustainability Centre. Based on discussions from the 2023 SCC workshop, this article answers some key recurring questions sustainability centre leaders ask.
- How to Start a Sustainability Centre This startup guide is targeted toward leaders considering starting a sustainability centre, or those aiming to get a new one off the ground.
- Finding Centre Funding Struggling to fund your research centre? This webinar brings together leaders to share top funding tips.
Register for the series to discuss these ideas live.
October 11, 2023
Participants talked about how centres can generate revenue or attract funding, how to set up a new sustainability centre, how to align with the interests of school management in order to progress centre goals, how to foster interdisciplinary approaches, and how to use business school levers to maximize impact.
Watch participants share their key takeaways here (Passcode: 97q?#jL7):
Read the notes from the breakout groups on each topic here:
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