Managing Global Sustainability

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Shank
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1640
End: 1755
Field Work: Day 3 - Civitavecchia - Friday, 26 July | Italy
Prerequisites: Basic Principles of Economics (micro and macroeconomics) Download Syllabus

The course is designed to help students understand both ‘how’ and ‘why’ an organization’s sustainability performance impacts its own well-being and that of the greater external environment. This requires a student to become well versed in the ways in which sustainability concepts are connected across the functional silos of business. This learning will occur via short introductory lectures on each concept, group discussions and experiential learning exercises dealing with business sustainability.

Field Work

Country: Italy
Day: 3 - Civitavecchia - Friday, 26 July

July 26 (Civitavecchia, Italy)

Visit the Montalto di Castro solar park, the largest renewable energy installation in Italy. Built by a US firm, managed by a Swedish company headquartered in Switzerland and located in Italy: it is a true multinational effort. We will hear presentations from the firm’s chief executive officer and senior operations manager. After our visit, we will travel one hour to an organic vineyard in Tarquinia, where we will explore a local small business that has adopted sustainable business practices, and have lunch at the winery.  The owners of the vineyard will discuss the business implications of offering a consumer product that is certified as organically produced and how that can be used as a competitive business strategy.
Academic Objectives:
  1.  Discuss the costs and benefits of renewable energy sources and their usage in the Euro Zone
  2. Evaluate solar energy as a renewable source for businesses and consumers
  3. Explore the operations of a local sustainable business, an organic vineyard, and discuss the costs and benefits of using sustainable practices in making wine.