New MBA Series: How Today’s Students Become Tomorrow’s Sustainable Leaders

green mbaMBA students and graduates have always been key members of the 3p community – both as readers and writers. That’s because many of the themes and issues in sustainable business that we cover every day are core themes in the classrooms at the world’s most prominent sustainable MBA programs. Today’s students bring fresh new ideas to the sustainability challenges faced by today’s businesses.

Now we want to hear more directly about how sustainability is being taught. In this new series kicking off tomorrow, we’ll hear directly from the administrators and faculty at these schools. Topics include:

  • The intersection of business education and sustainability, why it’s an important topic for tomorrow’s business leaders to study today
  • Business and sustainability education pedagogy: lessons learned and tips for professors
  • New research findings
  • Key themes that emerge from classes related to sustainability
  • Summaries of projects from the best and brightest students
  • What makes each sustainability program special
  • And general thoughts on the state of sustainability in business

We have a number of guest authors lined up, but we’d love to hear from you too! If you’d like to share your perspective, send a note to Andrea Newell at

Check back tomorrow for the first article!

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Jen Boynton

Jen Boynton is editor in chief of TriplePundit and editorial director at 3BL Media. With over 6 million annual readers, TriplePundit is the leading publication on sustainable business and the Triple Bottom Line. Prior to TriplePundit, Jen received an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. In her work with TriplePundit she's helped clients from SAP to PwC to Fair Trade USA with their sustainability communications messaging. When she's not at work, she volunteers as a CASA -- court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system. She enjoys losing fights with toddlers and eating toast scraps. She lives with her family in sunny San Diego.

3 responses

  1. Sustainable corporations are a myth. Corporations, by law and in practice, are sociopaths, only capable of doing “good” when they can justify it by their own short-term narrow interests. Any corporation that does not take advantage of any opportunity to make money within the bounds of whatever its high-priced lawyers can convince one lunk-headed jurist in twelve is reasonable will be beaten out in the marketplace by those that will.

    1. Sociopaths? Brother, I emphasize with your frustration, but a corporation is nothing more than a group of people organized to engage in some kind of project or commerce. It’s people that are the problem, not corporations per se. Granted, we have radically abused our democracy in recent times to give corporations far, far too much power, but I don’t think that means the corporation itself is the problem.

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