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Sustainability Centres

Business school sustainability centres can help shift universities toward sustainability. NBS resources support centres in taking action related to teaching, research, outreach, and co-creation.  

Join the Sustainability Centres Community (SCC), comprising of nearly 200 centres worldwide. Centre leaders share best practices and support one another through virtual collaboration and in-person events.  

Below you’ll find top resources, compilations [or outputs] from our workshops, and all centre resources in chronological order. Our tool bar also offers additional Resources for Academics.

Top Sustainability Centre Resources

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Starting a Business School Sustainability Centre

Maya Fischhoff, Abby Litchfield, Pam Laughland, Milda Žilinskaitė, Maria Diaz-Macias | September 25, 2023
Centres can improve business schools’ sustainability impact. Here’s how to get one off the ground.

Heather Ranson and Klaus Weber writing the priorities for running a centre on a whiteboard in a classroom

How to Run a Business School Sustainability Centre

Heather Ranson, Maya Fischhoff, Abby Litchfield | August 29, 2023
The 2023 Sustainability Centres Community Workshop examined the “nuts and bolts” of running a centre. Here are insights and resources.

What I Wish I Knew Before Launching a Sustainability Centre

Chelsea Hicks-Webster | December 23, 2016
Candid advice on launching a sustainability centre, from a global group of business school sustainability centre leaders.

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Sustainability Centres Webinar: Finding Centre Funding

NBS | June 7, 2016
Struggling to fund your research centre? This webinar brings together leaders to share top funding tips.

Sustainability Centre Workshop and Event Outputs

Sustainability Centres Community Workshop 2023

Sustainability Centres Community Workshop 2021

Sustainability Centres Community Workshop 2018

Sustainability Centres Community Workshop 2016

How to Engage Students in Sustainability: Event Series

All Sustainability Centres Community Resources

HEC Montréal students apply their business skills while advancing sustainable business in a struggling community. Instructors share lessons learned.

In Germany, the Innovation Network for Sustainable SMEs (INaMi) facilitates collaboration between researchers, SMEs, and topical experts.

A flexible yet systematic approach to embedding sustainability in MBA and undergraduate programs brought benefits for faculty, staff, and students.

University of Michigan students created a revolving loan fund to improve energy efficiency in their city. They share tips for success.

The University of Stellenbosch developed a corporate governance rating matrix used on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Scholars at Cornell University share a process for applied sustainability research that produces tangible results for industry and academia alike.

The Bench Marks Centre in South Africa provides mining companies with research-based advice on sustainability issues. Centre staff share lessons learned.

Find out how the University of California, Berkeley used the reporting process for UN PRME to improve stakeholder relationships and educational offerings.

Copenhagen Business School welcomes students with Responsibility Day, showing students across disciplines the importance of responsible management.

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