BU Offers Jumpstart for Green Biz Opportunities.

in Energy & Environment Sector, News, Sectors, SMG Hot Topics
July 27th, 2011


New opportunities. New regulations. New customer expectations.

Some companies, such as Praxair, Johnson & Johnson, and State Street Global Advisors, are leading the way in preparing for the rapidly expanding global green economy. They already enjoy first-mover advantage. But for those who ready to make the move, a new School of Management executive program can bring professionals up to speed fairly quickly.

Green Economies in Globalized Markets is an intense three-day program (September 21-23) led by Paul McManus, executive director of the Boston University Sustainable Cities project, and Norine Kennedy, vice president of energy and environment affairs for United States Council for International Business. They’re joined by several Boston University management professors researching the commercial and financial opportunities and challenges that will shape the next several decades of worldwide commerce and energy policies.

Time to get moving.

According to Professor Adil Najam, Nobel Prize winner, international climate change expert, and member of the program faculty, “Most companies have not yet realized—or at least acted upon—all the changes that are coming in global governance, institutional frameworks, regulatory policy, and the large-scale mobilization of our financial, technological, and industrial resources. Adds McManus, “Climate change is binding us closer together across the globe, as well as raising challenges we have never faced before. But it also presents opportunities for those who are early to market.”

The Green Economies program will address how groups like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are promoting policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world, how companies can plan and strategize, and what is unknown and unknown about the shorter and longer-range future. Using case studies, panel discussions, and recent and ongoing research, faculty experts will cover what innovations are around the corner, what international policies will influence trade and governmental decisions, what alliances hold the power, what new business models are forming, and more.

The program ends with a panel on best practices and action plans that attendees take back to their organizations.