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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Clif Bar & Brooklyn Boulders

Clif Bar & Brooklyn Boulders

Clif Bar produces energy bars and food that feeds and inspires the adventure in all of us. Clif Bar is working to run a different kind of company: "The kind of place we’d want to work, that makes the kind of food we’d like to eat, and that strives for a healthier, more sustainable world – the kind of world we’d like to pass on to our children." Clif is committed to making food with sustainable, organic ingredients; baked with clean, renewable energy; packed in environmentally friendly packaging; and delivered by transportation that doesn't pollute.

Brooklyn Boulders designs, builds and operates community spaces and hybrid rock climbing facilities anchored by the premise that physical movement stimulates innovation and creativity with facilities located in New York City, Boston, and Chicago.

Bard MBA NYCLab students are working with Clif Bar and Brooklyn Boulders to pilot programs to integrate environmental stewardship into its field marketing partnership in hopes of building a template that Clif Bar can replicate with other partners.

"NYCLab is producing planet-saving ideas that have the potential to re-shape how major brands give back to their communities and the environment." -Will Yandell, Regional Marketing Manager, Clif Bar

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