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Teaching Carbon Management in Business Schools – NBS Climate Teaching Series


Three business school educators share their interactive approaches for teaching students to measure and manage carbon footprints.

In the first session of the monthly NBS Series on Teaching Climate in Business Schools, participants explored innovative methods to teach carbon measurement and management, at an individual and corporate level. The session included three presentations along with rich discussion via Q&A and breakout rooms.  Below, you’ll find recordings and extra materials from each presentation, followed by some additional related resources from NBS.

Presentation 1: Celsius – the 2 Degree Challenge

A game about companies’ GHG decisions and how to collaborate to stay below 2 degrees of warming. Used with undergraduate, graduate, and corporate audiences. Game length approx. 3 hours.

Presented by: Fernanda Carreira, Head of Integrated Education, Center for Sustainability Studies, FGV EAESP; Fabiano Onca, Game Designer, PUC, Brazil

Download this PDF to learn more about the material, and access more insights from the presenters and discussion.

Presentation 2: Creating a Net Zero Plan – Student Project

A project where students craft and present solutions to a company on four net zero related problems: offsetting, legislation, scope 3 emissions, and company culture. Used in a graduate elective course. Project length:  4 weeks.

Presented by: Yves Plourde, Associate Professor,  Department of Management, HEC Montreal, Canada

Download this PDF to learn more about the material, and access more insights from the presenters and discussion.

Presentation 3: Climate Fresk & the 2 Tonnes Workshop

Climate Fresk is an interactive workshop explaining climate basics. 2 Tonnes is a computer game with the goal of reducing everyone’s emissions to 2 tonnes by 2050, with individual and collective action components. Used with undergrad and Master’s audiences.

Presented by: Carine Sonntag, Associate Professor of Finance, ICN Business School, France

Download this PDF to learn more about the material, and access more insights from the presenters and discussion.

Join the Climate Teaching Series

If you’re an educator seeking to include more climate and sustainability content in your teaching, make sure to join our virtual series Live, to discuss your ideas and challenges with others. Learn more about the series and sign up here.

Other Resources from NBS

  • SCC Resource List on Teaching Grand Challenges: In 2021, members of the NBS Sustainability Centres Community recommended resources for “Teaching Grand Challenges.” There is a focus on games and simulations, but the list also includes films, videos, and other resources

  • NBS Resource Library on Sustainable Business Topics: NBS works with experts around the globe to prepare evidence-based resources about a range of sustainability topics, from Climate Change to Social Justice. Explore these and considering adding some to your curriculum!

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