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I chose the Bard MBA program because Bard's joint MS in Environmental Policy/MBA in Sustainability degree allowed me to focus on both sustainable business and environmental public policy. The opportunity to pursue my graduate education in these relatively new fields at a well-established liberal arts institution in both New York City and the Hudson Valley made my decision an easy one.
We will soon be nine billion people on one world, each of us aspiring to a good quality of life. Can we meet human needs without destroying the ecological systems and exhausting the natural resources on which our civilization depends? And can we do this while treating workers and communities with justice and respect?The answer lies in sustainable business.
A sustainable company has a central mission: to help solve the critical social and environmental problems of the 21st century.
A sustainable company radically rethinks the way business is designed. Serious sustainability is not just about conserving water or energy. Sustainable companies aspire to operate on principles engineered by nature:
· No pollution: In nature, all waste is food.
· No energy crisis: Nature runs on abundant renewable energy.
· No system too big to fail: Nature promotes diversity.
A sustainable company is profitable, yet maximizing returns to shareholders is not the goal. Reinvested profit enables companies to pursue their mission, taking solutions to environmental and social problems to the scale that science and justice demand.
A sustainable company inspires committed membership. Sustainability demands that companies fully engage workers, customers, suppliers, financiers, and communities in the underlying mission of building a sustainable world.