Launched in 2013 as the Center for Business Strategies for Sustainability, the Center was renamed after a $5 million commitment from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Anderson – a Georgia Tech alumnus (IE 1956, Honorary Ph.D 2011) -- founded and served as chairman of Interface.
Maryam Alavi, Dean of the Scheller College of Business, remarks, “In a mere five years, the Center has grown into a major force for positive impact by engaging students, faculty, and industry partners in sustainable business. Our students are eager to find ways to make positive change in the world through their careers. The Center creates opportunities that prepare them to become the responsible leaders of tomorrow.”
Highlights of the Center's first five years include: the development of award-winning curriculum; the creation of the MBA Sustainable Business Immersive Track; the launch of the Georgia Tech-wide undergraduate Serve-Learn-Sustain initiative; the publication of Sustainable Business Insights: Research Briefs for Practitioners; and the expansion of student opportunities such as its Carbon Reduction Challenge.