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MBAs With a Conscience: The Top 10 Green Business Schools

Tamseel emailed me out of the blue last week from India.  Don’t know him, but he had a question for me: “I wanted to know if any MBA schools offer green marketing courses and if so which one do you think would be the best one?”

“Wow, that’s a pretty heavy question from a total stranger,” I thought. “Where do I turn?”

So I sent a request out to Twitterland, and @mkaPR was quick with an answer.  Melissa directed me to Beyond Grey Pinstripes, which produces a biennial survey that spotlights innovative full-time MBA programs that integrate issues of social and environmental stewardship into curricula and research.  She ought to know, I figured, since Melissa is the Director of P.R. at the Wisconsin School of Business at University of Wisconsin – Madison (I participated in their MBA’s tweet-up on the environment and social media a few months back).picture-11

Pinstripes’ 2009/2010 survey is due out in the fall.  But their ’07/’08 survey is a great resource for anyone considering a higher green education. The study measures four main areas: Student opportunity, student exposure, course content and faculty research. You can download the three-page study here. Study PDF

Top 10 Green MBA Programs in America

  1. Stanford University
  2. The University of Michigan
  3. University of California, Berkeley
  4. University of Notre Dame
  5. Columbia University
  6. Cornell University
  7. Duquesne University
  8. Yale University
  9. New York University
  10. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Click here to see the “Global 100″ schools.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes is a program directed by The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education, which encourages future business leaders to innovate at the intersection of corporate profits and social impacts.  The goals of Beyond Grey Pinstripes are:

  1. Promote and celebrate innovation in business education. The School Rankings call attention to places that do this work well.
  2. Inform Prospective students about environmental and social impact management programs.
  3. Raise the bar by challenging business schools to incorporate social and environmental impact management topics into their curricula.
  4. Inform corporate recruiters of business schools that are providing training in social and environmental skills as part of business decision making.
  5. Disseminate best practices in teaching, research, and extracurricular activities. The Search function on the website provides access to detailed information-often including syllabi-on thousands of courses, journal articles, and more.
  6. Facilitate Conversation – Real change only comes after students, faculty, administrators and business leaders begin to discuss these issues.

Tamseel greatly appreciated the fast turn around on his request, which made me look really, really smart.  Thanks Melissa! (I guess now he knows who is really the bright one.)

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