Sustainability becoming a central part of business education

February 17, 2015

Sustainability has moved to the mainstream of MBA education, reports the Globe and Mail. Students now enrol in sustainability-focused programs to pursue a variety of goals, ranging from developing green technology firms to working for non-profits or the government. Even students who do not pursue sustainability as a focus of their studies frequently opt to take the courses as electives. UBC's Sauder School of Business found that few MBA students pursued the sustainability stream they began offering in 2007, but has restructured its curriculum to weave sustainability issues throughout the program. York University's Schulich School of Business has offered a sustainability specialization since 1992. While enrolment in the specialization has plateaued at about 10–20 students, Program Director Andrew Crane has seen the program become more mainstream. Students in the program are "more like the regular MBA students than they are different," he said. Globe and Mail