In Bard’s experiential NYCLab course, MBA students complete a yearlong professional consultancy in the first year of their business program. Over two semesters, MBA students work with corporate, governmental, and nonprofit organizations to solve sustainability-related business problems. Student teams are assigned clients based on the team members’ interests and skill-sets and are mentored by Laura Gitman, Chief Operating Officer at BSR, a leading global organization that develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research and cross-sector collaboration. Learn more about the key role experience plays in preparing for a career in sustainability.
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How does NYCLab work?

Working in teams, students engage in consultancies for businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. The course runs two full semesters, from August through May. Teams develop and negotiate project agreements with clients that define the scope of work, project deliverables, deadlines, and expectations for communication and information sharing.

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HSBC, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, has a global commitment to renewable energy. The project team was asked to evaluate renewable energy options for critical US HSBC markets based on availability, cost effectiveness, reliability and climate impact. The team’s work laid the foundation to develop the bank’s US-based State Specific Renewable Energy Strategy
 What I liked about the Bard MBA NYCLab team is their passion for sustainability and making a difference which you can see in their behavior and hear in their voices. My team’s drive to lead sustainable change and make a difference was matched by the students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program and that is the kind of school we want to work with.” 
—Bill Thomas, Global Head HTS Sustainability, HSBC Bank

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