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Whether pursuing the Strategic Sustainability Concentration or simply seeking to understand sustainability as an increasingly important business dynamic, Scheller MBA students have a range of classroom opportunities to explore. In addition, students can tap into clubs, nonprofit consulting, independent projects, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and much more at Scheller, across Georgia Tech, and in the broader community.

Coursework

Discover information for core and electives courses as well as coursework for the both our sustainability themed concentration and/or immersive track.

Strategic Sustainability Concentration:

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Innovating for Sustainability Immersive Track:

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Scheller Sustainability Fellows

The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business empowers students to become leaders in building a sustainable and prosperous future. Our MBA Fellows program is an opportunity for those seeking a deeper engagement related to sustainability, beyond the Strategic Sustainability Concentration, the Innovating for Sustainability Immersive Track, and the Net Impact MBA Chapter.

Each year, the Center will choose a limited number of Scheller Sustainability Fellows. Each will work with a Center affiliated faculty member on a sustainability-focused project aligned with their interests and goals

Benefits of Becoming a Fellow
→ $1,000/year stipend (paid in Spring semester)
→ Opportunity to dive further into area of interest through project requirement
→ Exclusive invitations to smaller Center events and engagements
→ Access to industry network and connections
→ Fellows profile posted on Center website
→ Engagement after graduation as a Scheller Sustainability Fellow alum

Expectations for Fellows
→ Complete a required sustainability-focused project aligned with your interests/goals
→ Act as Center & Scheller ambassador and support for events, guests, outreach, and related

Application Process
Limited slots are available via a competitive application period each Fall. The application is accessible here on our Center website and can be submitted during the application period only. Once applications have been reviewed, applicants may be asked to come in and meet with Center staff. Selected Fellows will be notified on a set date each application period.

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APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR 2017-18 

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Application Period begins 8/28/2017 and ends 9/10/2017

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on the final day.

Students may be asked to come in during the week of  September 11th or 18th to meet with Center staff.

Selected Fellows will be notified on Friday, September 22nd.

Once selected as a Scheller Sustainability Fellow you will then propose a project. Center staff and an affiliated faculty advisor will work with you to develop an individualized project that fits your interests/goals.

Some project ideas include:

  • Research a specific sustainability topic; develop insights on current issues, trends, and business or career opportunities
  • Support specific research or proposal development for Center initiatives
  • Work with Center affiliated faculty on research, curriculum infusion, or new teaching materials

What year of my MBA can I apply?

Full Time and Evening MBA students can apply at any year in their program and must re-apply in subsequent years.

You will be asked to represent the Center, including talking about our current initiatives and activities, at events hosted by the Center as well as across campus and/or externally. You may also be asked to support other activities such as outreach, planning, logistics, and similar that will add to your learning and networking.

Net Impact at Scheller College Student Chapter

The Net Impact at Scheller Student Chapter supports the development of the future business leaders by elevating awareness of sustainability, and equipping students with skills to address environmental and social impact issues as they progress in their careers. Net Impact at Scheller designs experiential learning programs, such as Board Fellows, which provides an opportunity for students to work with non-profit organizations, and coordinates events, such as Career Development Workshops and Speaker Panels, to reveal career pathways in sustainability and the social impact sector. Many of these programs and events are coordinated in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ILE).

The Scheller chapter holds the Gold Chapter designation and was ranked as a Top 50 school for both Social Impact and Environmental Sustainability in the 2014 edition of Business As UNusual.

Career Development

Sustainability concerns and opportunities touch almost every aspect of business and therefore MBA careers. Your ability to identify trends, reduce risks, and seize opportunities for business value will open up career opportunities and make you a better candidate and leader, whether seeking a role focused on a sustainability topic or pursuing a more traditional career track.

To help Scheller MBA students best manage these opportunities, a range of opportunities exist including MBA career workshops, panel discussions, and career advising and mentoring.

The Center maintains a close relationship with the Jones MBA Career Center to coordinate sustainability-focused career events as well as to inform career advisors about corporate sustainability trends and opportunities.

Additional Enrichment Opportunities

Scheller offers additional enrichment opportunities for students interested in sustainable business practices, including these organized by the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ILE):

Global Social Venture Plan Competition
The Global Social Venture Plan Competition (GSVC) is one of the largest global-scale competitions with a proven track-record that provides student entrepreneurs who work on triple bottom line projects with mentoring, exposure, and financial support. More than six hundred teams participate globally every year. Previous GSVC winners (now mature companies) include Ethos Water, d.light, and Revolution Foods.

Georgia Tech is one of the nine global partners along with Berkeley's Haas School of Business, London Business School and Indian School of Business among others. Georgia Tech is responsible for outreach in the eastern half of the US and hosts the Eastern Regional Semifinals of the competition. GSVC is a student run competition led and coordinated through the Institute of leadership and Entrepreneurship. The Center for Business Strategies for Sustainability is a founding partner and continuing supporter.

Ideas to Serve Competition
The Ideas to Serve Competition (I2S) is open to current Georgia Tech students and recent alumni who have early stage product/service ideas or venture concepts geared towards creating a better world. Entries might focus on reducing poverty, alleviating hunger, promoting health and wellness, improving air and water quality, reducing of the depletion rate of natural resources, or developing alternate sources of energy…just to name a few!

IMPACT Speaker Series
The IMPACT Speaker Series is Atlanta's largest university based speaker series, with weekly presentation (Wednesdays at 4:30 PM), free and open to the public, with the main topics revolving around entrepreneurship (both social and commercial), innovation, leadership, and sustainability. The main goal of the series is to show students the width and depth of opportunities, and challenges they will face in the marketplace; to widen their horizon and understanding of important issues; and to engage the community, on and off campus, in the important debate around these topics.

The information and inspiration that has been passed on by high-profile speakers such as Muhammed Yunus, Ray Anderson, Warren Buffett, Jack Welch, Thomas Friedman, and Al Gore has been very valuable to those who came to listen.

Pro Bono Consulting Program
Georgia Tech's Pro Bono Consulting Program, housed within the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, helps not-for-profit organizations based in Atlanta resolve key strategic challenges. Teams are comprised of five students, MBAs, PhDs, and other graduate students with diverse backgrounds. Participating students apply, interview, and are potentially selected for the program.

Meet the students who are combining sustainable business practices with their career aspirations.