Good Advice for the Green MBA

Good Advice for the Green MBA

I'm interested in getting an MBA. Which school would give me the most opportunities in working for a green company, hopefully in the finance sector?

Gil:
The nature of this problem has changed. A few years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find an MBA program that adequately addressed environmental issues and opportunities. Now there are many, including at least three MBA programs that I'm aware of (Bainbridge Graduate Institute, New College Green MBA, and Presidio…) whose MBA programs focus on sustainability and social entrepreneurship, as well as a growing number of "classic" MBA programs with a significant sustainability focus. The ones I'm most aware of are the Johnson School at Cornell University, the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina, the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, and the CEMP Program at the University of Michigan Business School.

But don't take my word for it. The real experts on this subject are the folks at the World Resources Institute, publisher of the Beyond Grey Pinstripes report -- "a biennial survey and ranking of business schools, spotlights innovative full-time MBA programs and faculty that lead the way in integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into business school curricula and research."

Not an MBA program, but also worthy of note -- especially for executive education -- is the Business and Environment Program, now offered in the U.S. by Cambridge University.

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Gil Friend, systems ecologist and business strategist, is president and CEO of Natural Logic, Inc. -- offering advisory services and tools that help companies and communities prosper by embedding the laws of nature at the heart of enterprise. Sign up online to receive his monthly column via email. Read Gil's blog here.