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Sustainability Centres Workshop 2018

Eighty leaders of sustainability centres gathered for the 2018 Sustainability Centres Community workshop in New York City.

Leaders of business school sustainability research centres gathered for the biannual Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) workshop, June 2018, at Cornell Tech in New York City. Eighty leaders from six continents discussed shared challenges and opportunities related to centre management, teaching, research and outreach. Join the Sustainability Centres Community to become part of the learning and action network.

Workshop Materials

Collaboration Opportunities 

Centres identified ways to work together on sustainability issues. This chart lists the opportunities raised and contact information for the lead.

Session materials

Participants explored cutting-edge ideas and best practices and experienced hands-on training to increase skills in specific areas. The summaries below describe the key takeaways from these sessions. The summaries include slides.

Session Summaries

How to Get More Attention for Sustainability

Communicating is difficult in a hectic, divided world. Experts discuss how sustainability information can make it through the noise.
Jan 31, 2019

How to Get Your Research in the News

Think like a journalist to bring your insights to a broader audience. Editors at Harvard Business Review and The Conversation provide advice.

Nov 24, 2018

Measure Your Centre’s Impact

Logic models let organizations — including B-school sustainability centres — understand whether they are meeting goals.

Oct 21, 2018

Brand Your Sustainability Centre

Your centre is doing important work. Branding can make its contribution shine.
Oct 18, 2018

Powerful Conversations in the Classroom and Beyond

New tools help students communicate better. Faculty and staff can use them as well. Sep 22, 2018

How to Teach Using Simulations & Systems

Serious games provide a new way to learn about complex systems. MIT's David Keith describes how instructors can "drive the future." Sep 22, 2018

Session slides

Agenda and Session Details

The first two days of the workshop focused specifically on centres; a third, organized by Cornell, explored shared concerns with the broader sustainability community.

Workshop Reflection

NBS Executive Director Tima Bansal looks back at the workshop (with photos).

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.

We appreciate the input of the SCC Advisory Committee:

  • Erik Foley, Smeal College of Business at Penn State University Miranda Helmes, Social Innovation Centre, INSEAD

  • Pancho Layrisse, SUSTENTUS, EGADE Business School

  • Céline Louche, Corporate Social Responsibility Institute, Audencia Business School

  • Mark Milstein, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

  • Jennifer Nash, Business and Environment Initiative, Harvard Business School

  • Ijeoma Nwagwu, First Bank Sustainability Centre, Lagos Business School

  • Subhasis Ray, Centre for Resettlement, Rehabilitation & Corporate Social Responsibility, Xavier Institute of Management

About NBS and the SCC

Hundreds of sustainability centres at business schools around the world are dedicated to helping create a more sustainable business model. These centres teach, conduct research, and work with industry to make social and environmental change. The Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) launched in 2012 in response to the need for greater centre collaboration and for an online platform to facilitate collaboration. NBS manages the SCC. If your centre has not already joined, we invite you to be part of the community.

About the Centre for Sustainable Global Enterprise

The workshop co-host, the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, was established in 2003 through the generosity of Sam Johnson. It is a world-class academic institution producing and disseminating relevant knowledge for managers seeking innovative, profitable business opportunities which address global sustainability challenges and help transform the impacts of private enterprise on the world.

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