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Sustainable Business

Program Director: William H. Prado, D.B.A.
Division of Environmental Studies & Management

Programs offered:

  • B.S. in Sustainable Business

  • Minor in Sustainable Business

  • Minor in Economics

The Sustainable Business program at Green Mountain College provides graduates with a solid foundation in management fundamentals. But what sets our program apart is its emphasis on the rapidly-growing field of sustainability, which we define as the social, environmental, and economic success of firms and organizations. Specifically, experiences both inside and outside of the classroom challenge our students to learn the skills and knowledge required to apply social and environmental stewardship to maintain competitive advantage in 21st century profit and nonprofit organizations, The program prepares graduates for successful careers in a variety of management settings from small sustainable business start-ups to large companies, as well as non-profit and public sector organizations. Guiding students throughout the program, our professors have extensive real-world experience –not only in management generally but specifically in economically successful sustainable businesses.

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Business
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Business Program learn critically important management skills and knowledge needed to succeed in 21st century profit and nonprofit organizations. Whether interested in starting a new venture, or in joining an existent organization, students learn current practices related to leadership, marketing, financial management, and strategy, among others.

Coverage of fundamental business subjects emphasizes sustainability. In classroom and other program experiences such as internships, field trips, guest speakers, independent studies, and study away, the focus is on green marketing, triple-bottom-line metrics, sustainable supply chain management, and other practices used by dynamic sustainable enterprises. Maintaining competitive advantage based on social and environmental stewardship is a central feature of Green Mountain College's approach to management education and of the experiences of our students throughout the program.

Learning Outcomes for Sustainable Business Majors
The successful student will:

  • Conceptualize a complex management issue into a coherent written statement and oral presentation.

  • Comprehend core management disciplines including marketing, operations, and finance, and be able to apply this understanding to organization situations.

  • Comprehend operating standards, enterprise planning, social responsibility, and sustainable management techniques.

  • Appreciate ethical issues in economic competition, managing organizations and multiple stakeholders.

  • Understand and be able to use team building, collaborative behaviors, and project management in the accomplishment of group tasks.

  • Select and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative tools and methodologies to make reasoned recommendations.

  • Recognize and analyze problems and choose and defend resolutions for practical situations that occur in organizations operating within a global economy.

Requirements for a BS in Sustainable Business

General Electives
Total electives vary depending on total of other credits.
Credits: 41-42

ELA Requirements
See ELA section of this catalog for details.
Credits: 36-37

Total credits for BS in Sustainable Business: 120-121
Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses).

Sustainable Business Minor
The Sustainable Business Minor is designed to provide students who have majors outside the sustainable business program with a background in fundamentals of sustainable business and non-profit organization management. The minor is open to all Green Mountain College students other than those in the sustainable business degree program.

Economics Minor
An economics minor provides students with a general perspective from which to analyze economic problems and the opportunity to make use of analytical methods in greater depth in application to international economic issues, environmental concerns or the methodologies economists use to address their discipline. Available to all Bachelor’s degree candidates.

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