A MBA in Sustainable Business Goes Outdoors


Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) may be the place to go if you want a MBA with an emphasis in sustainable business leadership. (Our own Brittany, who worked on the Slate Challenge, is a student there.) Gifford Pinchot, BGI President, co-founded the school after he "realized that the nation's graduate business schools were churning out one-dimensional MBA graduates with solid short-term profit-maximization skills, but lacking a deep understanding of how to integrate social and environmental issues into business decisions." This week BGI announced it was launching what it termed an 'Outdoor Industry Concentration' to its MBA in Sustainable Business program. Seems the school has partnered with executives from some of more respected green names in the outdoors business sector, so students might gain insights into the making of individual companies and the industry more sustainable. Jill Bamburg, dean of the program, who recently gave a keynote presentation at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show, is quoted as saying the concentration "will offer hands-on projects and research, internships and placement opportunities, workshops, mentoring and advising with Council members and others. "It's critical that our students see business from the practical side as well as the academic side." Participating companies include many who have previously been noted here at TreeHugger, such as Clif Bar, Nau, Nike, Patagonia, REI and Timberland. (We yet haven't covered Escape Adventures, Murie Center or The North Face [TNF], but will rectify this soon.) The President of TNF, who have the least green profile of any of the businesses involved, said "It will bring multiple industry stakeholders-even competitors-together to dialogue and learn. Our love for the outdoors makes it only natural that our business models incorporate a vision and strategies that drive a strong understanding and commitment to environmental and social responsibility. ::Bainbridge Graduate Institute, via Tipster, Staci S.

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