Sustainability is at the heart of MIT Sloan’s nonprofit/social entrepreneurship curriculum. In 2007, the school launched the Sustainability Initiative (formerly titled the Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society), with its ultimate goal being to “enable people, communities, businesses, organizations, and the planet to flourish, while taking an in-depth, integrated look at current structural models. By incorporating social equity, economic development, and environmental restoration at all levels, such initiatives capitalize on existing and emerging opportunities for greater long-term benefit,” according to the school’s Career Roadmap for this study area. The initiative serves as an umbrella for the many components that fall under its purview, including a “Strategies for Sustainable Business” lab course, a “System Dynamics” course, a Sustainability Lunch Series, and an internship program.
In 2010, Sloan announced its third specialty certificate option, the Certificate in Sustainability. Open to any master’s level MIT student as an add-on to an existing degree program, the offering, according to a 2010 MIT Newsroom article, “views sustainability as a function of the interdependent dynamics of economic, societal, and environmental systems, where success overall is influenced by success across all areas and not upon a single factor.” In addition to receiving the certificate along with their MBA, students who pursue it will receive access to Summer Sustainability Internships and a special resume book for sustainability.
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