University of Maine Offers Green MBA Program

University of Maine Offers Green MBA Program

The University of Maine Business School has launched a Masters of Business Administration and Sustainability program.

The first group of masters candidates in the program, begun this fall, are expected to obtain their degrees in 2010.

"We're approaching business from a holistic and sustainable point of view,"  Terry Porter, assistant professor of management in the Maine Business School at UMaine, said in a statement. "It opens up a lot of questions about the paradigms of business and the world."

The program joins an array of 11 MBA programs on sustainable enterprise in the United States and one in Norway, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  Another 16 universities in the U.S. and Canada have MBA programs with emphases, concentrations or specialization in environmentally and socially responsible business, the organization says.

"The number of sustainability-focused MBA programs has skyrocketed in the past couple of years as the business community has started to see sustainability as a strategic imperative," said AASHE Associate Director Julian Dautremont-Smith.

Internationally, more than 60 universities have established MBA programs that include environmental and social responsibility elements, according the Net Impact organization's recently released 2008 edition of it annual "Business as UNusual" guide to green MBA programs.