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Teaching Climate Change in Business Schools: Virtual Event Series

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Join a global conversation on best practices for teaching climate change in business schools. Get inspired by new approaches and share your experience. 

Do you want to integrate climate topics into business school education? 

Whether you’re an experienced educator in this area or looking for inspiration to get started, these events are for you.

Monthly webinars began on January 25, 2024. Each one will address a different climate theme – preparing you to educate students on one of the most important issues of our time. All interested business school faculty and staff are welcome.  

Register now to receive calendar invites for each session and periodic series updates from NBS.

Sessions cover everything from carbon management to climate policy. Each session includes:

  • Short “success stories:” Faculty present specific activities with learning objectives, student outcomes, and lessons learned
  • Plenary Q&A
  • Breakout conversations for participants to share their own approaches, question initial presenters, and discuss new ideas.

We encourage you to join in real-time to share your ideas, dive into the concepts, and build community.

Upcoming Sessions and Past Events

Below find information about each session planned to date. Click the links to find recordings and other outputs from past sessions, and review topics for future sessions. 

Jan 25, 9AM ET: Hands-on Approaches to Teaching Carbon Management in Business

The session focuses on hands-on, experiential strategies for teaching students to measure and manage carbon footprints – on an individual and corporate level.

Watch the presentations from:

Presenter

Material/Activity

Fernanda Carreira, Head of Integrated Education, Center for Sustainability Studies, FGV EAESP,
Brazil

 

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.

Yves Plourde

Associate Professor,  Department of Management, HEC Montreal, Canada

Creating a Net Zero Plan for an Infrastructure Company

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

Carine Sonntag,
Associate Professor of Finance, ICN Business School, France

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.

 

Feb 23, 11AM ET: Fostering a “sustainability mindset” in students to enable climate action

How can business students see the world through a sustainability lens, considering sustainability issues in all their decision-making? This session explores strategies for cultivating such a mindset. Presentations address climate psychology and leadership, a sustainability mindset indicator, and a zero-waste at-home project.

Presentations from

Presenters

Material/Activity

Emmanuelle Reuter, Assistant Professor, & Quynh Dao, PhD Candidate,

University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Sustainability Mindset Indicator

 

An assessment taken before and after sustainability teaching interventions to understand their impact (on concepts including paradoxical thinking, circular economy, systems thinking).

 

Sylvia Perez, Professor, CETYS Universidad, Mexico

Zero Waste at Home

 

A semester long activity where students examine the impact of the waste they produce at home. As part of this activity, they learn the 5 Rs, design their home recycling area, and participate in recycling campaigns at the institution.

Tom Bateman, Bank of America Eminent Scholar of Commerce, Emeritus, University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, USA

 

Climate Psychology and Leadership

 

A lecture which provides an overview of prominent psychology and social psychology subtopics that can contribute to (mis)managing climate change: attitudes and behaviors, decision biases, and leadership.

 

March 19, 9AM ET / 3PM CET: Teaching Climate Policy and Negotiations in Business Schools

Government policy is inescapable in climate action. Companies – and students – need to understand their role in the policy process. This session examines how to bring policy into the business classroom. Presentations include a multi-stakeholder negotiation exercise, the Climate Interactive ENROADs simulator, and a case study on the just energy transition in sub-Saharan Africa.

Presenter

Material/Activity

Sathyanarayanan Ramachandran, Associate Professor of Marketing, IFMR Graduate School of Business, Krea University, India

 

ENROADS Simulation in Purpose and Permanence canvas

 

MBA Students participate in the ENROADS simulation at beginning of the Product and Brand Management course.

 

ENROADS is an acclaimed workshop based on Climate Interactive and MIT Sustainability Initiative’s digital simulator.

 

Before the workshop, sensitization sessions on sustainability and business is handled with a focus on Gandhian ideas on ecology, and the Deep Purpose continuum.

 

In the workshop, students gain first-hand experience of proposing climate solutions and seeing the impact on global temperatures. This embeds climate awareness in marketing decision making throughout the rest of the course.

Bettina Wittneben, Associate Fellow in Management, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK; Principal, AFRY Management Consulting

 

Model UNFCCC

 

Through three workshops culminating in an interactive exercise, MBA students simulate the UNFCCC negotiations.

 

They learn about the challenges of generating international consensus on climate action and reflect on the role of different societal actors in climate action.

Jacob Park, Associate Professor, Vermont State University, USA; Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa Just Energy Transition Case Study

 

A case study and lecture about the just energy transition in sub-Saharan Africa, with a special focus on South Africa.  Students look at energy policy with themes of social justice, political power dynamics, role of private sector in supporting community, etc.

 

Material is used with both undergraduate and graduate students.

 

April 25, 9AM ET: Climate Literacy Training and How to Use It

The Climate Literacy Training (CLT) initiative, based at Nottingham Trent University and led by Petra Molthan-Hill, has brought the fundamentals of climate science to more than 240 academic institutions. In this session, Petra describes how the CLT provides faculty with a baseline understanding. She’ll be joined by diverse business faculty who will describe how they’ve used the CLT to inform their own teaching or peer faculty education.

May (date TBD): Additional Resources for Teaching about Businesses and Climate Change

This sessions features representatives of some of the networks and initiatives set up to support educators teaching about climate change in business schools, from ClimateCap to BS4CL. Learn what is available to you and discuss how best to make use of the tools available.   

A Guide to the Climate Teaching Landscape

In developing this series, the Network for Business Sustainability has worked in partnership with other organizations supporting climate teaching in business schools. We encourage you to explore their resources and initiatives:

We also thank our advisors for their specific input:

Fernanda Carreira, FGV EAESP; Valentina De Marchi, ESADE Business School and GRONEN; Jill Bogie, Gordon Institute of Business Science and BS4CL Africa; Katie Kross and Jessica Wingert, Duke University and ClimateCAP; Marina Schmitz, IEDC-Bled School of Management; Divya Singhal, Goa Institute of Management and ONE Teaching Team; Mike Toffel and Lynn Schenk, Harvard University; Bruce Usher and Sandra Navalli, Columbia University and Climate Curriculum Initiative

Why NBS Developed this Teaching Series

Business schools and business faculty want to respond to the climate crisis. NBS wants to help them do so. These events on teaching climate are intended to address the needs of instructors while complementing existing efforts in this space.

These events bring together educators who have created and integrated effective approaches to teaching climate in business schools with educators at earlier stages. It enables sharing of  materials, guidance, and best practices that will advance climate teaching for all. 

How we developed the series: NBS staff consulted with experts in the climate teaching space on what framing and structure would be most useful. We issued an open call for submissions, shared widely. We developed the themed sessions based on our initial framing and presentations submitted.  

More info: Contact Abby Litchfield at info@nbs.net.

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    Abby Litchfield is the Community Manager at the Network for Business Sustainability, overseeing partnerships, processes, social media, and all things graphic. Abby is deeply passionate about bringing people and organizations together to advance sustainability, and loves creating new content with NBS collaborators because it's an opportunity to do just that.

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