In the heart of Greenwich Village, MBA students at New York University are proving that green issues are to be taken seriously.
R.J. Panda, a second-year student, has spearheaded the creation of the Stern Campus Greening Initiative, which will look at ways to make the Leonard N. Stern School of Business more environmentally savvy.
The initiative will educate MBA students on what they will need to know as 21st-
century managers. As Mr Panda says: “Greening has gone mainstream and is now a business focus of companies that we will be working for when we graduate.”
As well as recycling projects and awareness campaigns, a student printing quota and motion sensor lighting in study rooms will be introduced. There will also be a “green tip of the week” on messages sent on the intranets, and coffee vendors are being persuaded to offer discounts to Stern students who use mugs.
To support the curricular programme, a course will be launched next year focusing on creating, leading and managing businesses that seek to facilitate sustainable development.
Kim Corfman, vice-dean for MBA programmes, says: “More than 35 years ago, NYU Stern introduced a required professional responsibility core course into the curriculum and, today, 60 per cent of our MBA courses integrate content related to social and environmental impact and stewardship.
“Our school-wide sustainability efforts complement all that we are doing in the classroom to promote a socially responsible mindset in our students.”