Friday Factoid: UCLA Anderson Sustains

Applicants to UCLA Anderson may be well aware of the school’s strength in the areas of media and real estate, but they might be surprised to learn that Anderson also offers a cutting-edge multidisciplinary program for students interested in environmental sustainability. The school’s Leaders in Sustainability (LiS) Program is a certificate program in which MBA students must take four specified classes, including the “Leaders in Sustainability” course and three other sustainability-related classes, two of which must be taught outside the students’ primary graduate school. These students also participate in leadership training along with graduate students from such disciplines as law, public health and engineering. In addition, LiS students work together on projects serving businesses, nonprofits and government clients.

Moreover, mbaMission has learned that UCLA Anderson hired a sustainability coordinator and plans to ensure that all campus buildings are Silver LEED certified within the next few years. Anderson also established positions for two sustainability chairs in each first-year section and one for the second-year students to work on issues of sustainability, such as establishing composting processes and a community-sponsored agricultural program in which members of the Anderson community can purchase produce from local farmers on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. Business school may in fact be a window into the future…

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