The Sustainability Next Plan features six key priorities that touch nearly every aspect of the Institute, each with specific objectives and strategies for implementation.
The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (Center) is pleased to share an article originally published by the Georgia Tech News Center on October 24, 2022. The article showcases the Sustainability Next Plan. As stated in the article, “Following the completion of Georgia Tech’s strategic plan, the Institute’s executive leadership team formed the Sustainability Next Task Force and charged it with proposing an implementation roadmap for sustainability at Georgia Tech over the next 10 years that emphasizes coordination across the research, education, operations, and economic development activities of the Institute.”
The Sustainability Next Plan features six key priorities that touch nearly every aspect of the Institute, each with specific objectives and strategies for implementation. The priorities include: Institute Operations, Education for Sustainable Development, Leading Sustainability Research, Culture and Organization, Climate Solutions, and Living Learning Campus.
In support of the plan’s key priorities, several projects will be launching in the 2022-23 academic year. One such project, Sustainable-X, is supported by the Center and CREATE-X. Sustainable-X is an entrepreneurship program that supports students, staff, faculty, and members of the community in starting businesses that make a positive social and/or environmental impact. Sustainability Next co-chairs are also advancing joint priorities in collaboration with other Strategic Plan implementation teams. For instance, of the 13 faculty proposals recently awarded funding by the Global Student Experience implementation team, five were co-funded by Sustainability Next. The five selected projects will integrate themes related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into global programs.
Sustainability Next Co-Chair and Center Faculty Director Beril Toktay said, “Sustainability Next has a very ambitious vision that is grounded in cross-Institute collaboration. I’m particularly excited about Sustainable-X because it combines competencies from two successful program programs – CREATE-X, which instills entrepreneurial confidence in our students, and the Center, which educates and empowers the sustainable business leaders of tomorrow. The new program dares to imagine Georgia Tech will become the top university in student-led climate tech, sustainability, and social impact startups in the world. I’m also very optimistic that the SDG-focused global student experiences will inspire a growing number of students to pursue entrepreneurship that makes a positive impact on people and the planet.”