Courses in Sustainability
Sustainability course is
Students may select from a variety of elective courses focusing on sustainability, green business or triple bottom line, such as "Marketing Research at the Base of the Pyramid", "Building and Sustaining Social Venture", "Green Marketing", "Innovations for Sustainability", "Environmental Issues in Business", “Business Models for Sustainable Development”, “Poverty, Business Strategy & Sustainability”, "Business and Sustainability", and "Globalization Management and Strategy". All students are required to do an International Business Plan project, which focuses on sustainable business strategies.
Research Opportunities in Sustainability
All students are required to complete an International Business Plan, a team based consulting project with a client firm. Projects cover a wide variety of industries, and all contain an analysis of how to implement strategies for sustainable business success. For example, a student team conducted a project for Guyaki to develop product lines to help reforest the Amazon, and incorporate carbon neutrality into their business processes. Another IBP plan worked with a non-governmental organization in the Sacred Valley of Peru and developed a business plan to make vodka from locally sourced potatoes-the profits from this endeavor will be used for community development. Other sustainable research projects included business plans for Plan-It Hardware, International Sea Keepers, EcoMentum, and Convergent Energy.
Students may also participate in consulting projects and research through the Center for Globalization and Localization of Business Exports (GLOBE Center). Projects look at ways to adapt products and services to foreign markets in sustainable ways. Projects have included a marketing plan for a herder cooperative in Inner Mongolia that is looking to sell sustainable cashmere around the world; and development of a system to rank Chinese SMEs in terms of their CSR practices that were presented to a group of Chinese executives at the Beijing WTO.
Our Frontier Market Scouts program places student with social capital investment organizations abroad to seek promising entrepreneurs and match them with social capital funders.Student reaseach best business practices, qualities of successful entrepreneurs, and other key issues in the growing social venture capital world. Students may also serve on the Institute's Sustainability Council, which looks at ways the campus may be more sustainable. Recent projects include LEED Certification training programs, development of an organic garden and composting center on campus, drafting of a campus wide Green/Sustainable Building Policy, waste reduction programs, and an environmental audit. The Monterey Institute has recently set a goal to become Carbon Neutral by 2016.
More info may be seen at the following websites:http://www.miis.edu/about/sustainability
School's environmental commitment 1:
Our Curriculum at the Fisher International MBA requires all students to complete an International Business Plan, a team based consulting project in which students advise companies on sustainable business strategies and business development. Additionally we have numerous workshops and courses focused on sustainable business, green business, triple bottom line strategies, such as "Sustainability & Business Opportunity", "Poverty, Business Strategy & Sustainability", "Environment and Natural Resource Finance", "Business Models for Sustainable Development", "Diffusion of Sustainable Technologies at the Bottom of the Pyramid", "Social Entrepreneurship", "Socially Responsible Investing", "Business Planning for Sustainability",. Students may also take courses in the International Policy Studies, International Environmental Policy, or International Public Administration/Social Change Management programs on campus.The MBA faculty have partnered with faculty from the Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy to design an integrated, five semester dual degree program combining concepts from sustainable business and environmental stewardship throughout the program.
School's environmental commitment 2:
The School and Institute Community provide many opportunities for students to become actively involved in sustainability issues. We have a strong chapter of Net Impact, which hosts speaker series, and an annual conference. Students have also used a vacant lot near campus to start an Organic Community Garden and Composting Program, providing organic fruits and vegetables to the Institute community and cutting down on waste.Students host Earth day/week events to raise awareness of environmental issues in the local and regional community, and have an ongoing tree planting project on the old Fort Ord porpoerty, raising seedlings from locally sourced acorns, and doing plantings several times per year.
School's environmental commitment 3:
At the Institute level, students are members of task forces and councils that look at sustainability issues for our campus. We have a Sustainability Council, an Environmental Task Force, and participate in a number of nationally and internationally recognized environmental and sustainability focused organizations. We are a signatory to the Taillories Declaration and the Presidents Climate Committment. More info may be seen at: http://www.miis.edu/about/sustainability. Our parent institution, Middlebury College, is a forerunner in environmental education and sustainable campus inititives. Faculty teach at both campuses during January sessions, and collaborate on environmental issues.