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Undergraduate students have many opportunities to learn about and explore the intersection of sustainability and industry. Scheller offers two sustainability-focused electives and dozens of sustainability-relevant classes are available across campus. Those seeking further opportunities can tap into student clubs, nonprofit consulting, independent projects, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a broad array of resources across Georgia Tech and in the community.

Sustainability-focused Electives at Scheller

Sustainable Business Projects
Similar to our MBA-level consulting practicum, this course introduces students to management consulting, sustainability, and project management. A significant portion of the course focuses on real-world projects, with student project teams developing sustainable solutions with a participating company sponsor.

Innovation Tournaments for Sustainability
This course brings together Scheller's sustainability and business model innovation expertise with the science/technology orientation of campus. It includes frameworks such as design thinking, idea triggers, business model canvas, and customer discovery to help students use their creativity in a systematic way to develop high-potential business ideas to solve social or environmental challenges.

Additional Enrichment Opportunities

Global Social Venture Plan Competition (GSVC)

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.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to be involved. Each entrant team must include a graduate student (current or recent graduate) but team meeting and matching opportunities can help interested undergraduate students explore opportunities. Georgia Tech is one of the nine global partners along 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.

Ideas to Serve Competition (I2S)
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.

Enterprise to Empower (En2Em)
The mission of Enterprise to Empower (En2Em) is to educate, enable, and engage students at Georgia Tech in social entrepreneurship. As a student organization En2Em is committed to showing Georgia Tech students how their entrepreneurial abilities can be used to tackle the world's greatest challenges. En2Em also acts as Georgia Tech's undergraduate Net Impact chapter for the campus.

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

The Serve•Learn•Sustain Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) aims to equip Georgia Tech students with the knowledge and capabilities to effectively address sustainability challenges and inter-related community-level societal needs in their professions and their civic lives. To achieve these outcomes, the plan focuses on the theme "creating sustainable communities" and emphasizes community engagement and service learning as its central pedagogical approach.

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