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SUMA PS4310 Practicum in Innovation Sustainability Leadership. 1-3 points.

The earth's population is currently seven billion people with half that population living in urban environments. The growth in population is straining the earth's resources, making the concept of sustainability paramount in preserving a planet that can provide for future generations. Climate change compounds the problem by threatening to disrupt fundamental aspects of global economic activity. Over the next century, scientists forecast climate risks to public health, agriculture, ecosystems, and infrastructure. These sustainability challenges are increasingly informing government policy, public advocacy and private investment internationally. But sustainability is also creating opportunities in all sectors of the economy: to increase productivity and revenue; to develop and market new technologies; to differentiate firms from their competitors; to attract and retain talented employees. Managers have a key role to play in advancing sustainability by developing ways to integrate resource conservation and efficiency in the operations of their organizations, and by managing environmental risk. These functions - integration and risk management - raise familiar management questions: how to make sustainability strategic, how to motivate staff, how to set targets and measure performance, and how to pay for new initiatives. These issues are covered with theory and cases in the program's required Sustainability Management (SUMA K4100) course. Student case analysis is based on the literature presented in that introductory survey course. This new class systematically exposes students to the ways in which leading sustainability practitioners manage these issues in practice. The case material is provided directly by practitioners, and students have the benefit of processing this material through the knowledge they have gained earlier in the program. This sequence enables a more sophisticated, nuanced examination of the practice of sustainability management. Through weekly guest lectures, students will learn how practitioners from a wide array of organizations deal with real world constraints to improve environmental performance in their organizations. The lectures, along with readings and assignments, will further develop the students' understanding and critical thinking about the management tools and strategies that they, themselves, can use to integrating sustainability in organizations and managing environmental risk.

Spring 2017: SUMA PS4310
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SUMA 4310 001/80036 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
428 Pupin Laboratories
Georgios Sarrinikolaou 1-3 58/90