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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

NBS, in partnership with the Business and Environment Initiative at HBS, hosted the second bi-annual workshop for directors of business sustainability centres.

Faculty members from across the globe came together in summer 2013 for a series of interactive webinars on effective ways to teach sustainability in different disciplines: finance/accounting, marketing, operations and strategy.

Effective collaboration between academics and companies is critical for management research. It can (1) inspire research topics that are relevant to business and (2) encourage implementation of research findings.

Trying to engage faculty in teaching sustainable business? You’re not alone. Sustainability centre staff and directors around the world share this challenge.

NBS hosted the inaugural workshop for sustainability-related centres allowing them to identify synergies and best practices.

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