The mismatch between the demands of an increasingly-consumptive population and a decreasing resource base has troubled economists and ecologists for more than two centuries. These concerns have gained currency as global warming, ozone depletion, soil erosion, species extinction, overfishing, and air and water pollution have made headlines across the world. Investing in a Sustainable Future focuses on efforts being made by businesses, governments and NGOs to incorporate “sustainability criteria” into their investment appraisal processes. Investing in a Sustainable Future is a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and collaborative learning experience providing participants the opportunity to identify, evaluate and apply innovative business-based solutions to environmental problems. Upper-level students from multiple disciplines will learn about the many challenges associated with the transition to a sustainable society, and will analyze real-world sustainability projects applying rigorous standards for sustainability, strategic fit, financial performance, and business practicality.
Principles of Finance, Principles of Marketing and Principles of Management, or equivalent foundational knowledge in the student’s primary discipline, or instructor permission.
Field WorkCountry: Turkey
Visits with several businesses and NGOs working to achieve a sustainable future. Final destinations still to be determined but will likely include a Turkish carpet factory, flower factory and a local corporate social responsibility initiative.