New Energy & Environmental Sustainabilty Concentration Offered for MBA Students

A new concentration in Energy and Environmental Sustainability (EES) is being introduced to the MBA program as a part of the school’s continued commitment to sustainability-focused education.

The EES concentration is aligned with Questrom’s mission to prepare innovative and ethical leaders who understand the impact of business on society and create value for the world. In 2013 Questrom’s MBA program was rated the 11th greenest in the world and the 3rd greenest in the country by Corporate Knights magazine.

“Questrom has long had a mission of creating leaders who can create value for the world — including social value. This program has at its core the potential for commonality between social and private value in the realm of sustainability. This program furthers the goals of the school by developing future leaders who see the value creating opportunities associated with energy and environment issues, ” said Assistant Professor Kira Fabrizio, who helped develop the concentration.

The concentration is a natural addition to the school which is aiming to enhance the traditional business curriculum by offering courses related to emerging fields such as digital technology, life and health science, and sustainability.

Students completing this concentration will be able to understand the energy and sustainability-related challenges that businesses face, how business can adapt to these challenges, and how to identify, evaluate, and act upon the opportunities created by these changes. The purpose of the concentration is to provide students an opportunity to develop a breadth of knowledge in energy and environmental issues to augment their deep disciplinary skills and other focus areas.

Fabrizio reiterated the fact that the concentration is not only aimed at students wishing to find jobs in sustainability-related fields, rather an opportunity for all students to develop expertise in an area that is becoming rapidly more relevant in all aspects of business.

“Business leaders will increasingly be faced with the realities of a changed business landscape, where energy-management issues become more central and strategic, and the choices they make about product and supply chain sustainability take on more meaning. This is not relevant for only one part of the economy; All firms will be facing strategic issues related to climate change, resiliency, and energy”.

Assistant Dean for Sector Initiatives, Kristen McCormack agreed, adding, “Our mission is to create value in a global economy and create future business leaders who are about creating value . This is one way that they can do that, regardless of the position they take…It is really important that students understand what is at stake as it relates to environmental sustainability”.



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