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September 2016                                                                                                            Volume 2 │ Issue 3


Center Launches 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

Following the completion of Scheller College of Business’ strategic plan, we launched our own strategic planning process to align our priorities with Scheller College’s plan through 2020.
Our mission is to enable sustainability-driven innovation and sustainability integration in business and education. We support and draw upon the research and instruction of faculty working across Scheller’s core business disciplines. Their work advances thought leadership in three major areas:
  • Business Value, Innovation, and Competitive Advantage
  • Operations, Supply Chain Management, and the Circular Economy
  • Human Rights, Ethics, and Transparency
Read the full strategic plan here.

Center Hosts Executive Roundtable in Advance of Southface Visionary Dinner 

This year's executive roundtable, "Realizing Sustainability in Business and Communities - Where We've Been and Where We're Going", featured Michael Oxman, our new Managing Director, and Andrea Pinabell, the soon-to-be President of Southface (January 2017). We heard from both new leaders about integrating community work with their vision for a circular economy and how each of their experiences in corporate settings informs their understanding of working to achieve sustainability goals.  The conversation was facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Hirsch, Georgia Tech’s Director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain. 

Read more about Andrea Pinabell here.

In the Classroom: Sustainability Integration

As this semester (Fall 2016) kicked off, we saw yet another exciting change to enhance the Scheller College MBA program; the launch of immersive tracks. These tracks combine academic coursework with hands-on practicum classes to provide more in-depth expertise in selected areas. 

Read more about all of the immersive tracks, including the one introduced by the Center; Innovating for Sustainability here.

Earlier this year, we launched an effort in collaboration with the Harvard Business School’s Business and Environment Initiative, to integrate sustainability into core courses, reflecting our philosophy that sustainability is not an ‘add-on’ but rather a fundamental concept that should permeate how all business functions operate. As part of this new initiative, Professor Beril Toktay worked with Professor Mike Toffel (HBS) to develop a curriculum note on Operations Management integration. This note was published in Harvard Business School Press’ Resources for Educators.

Read more about the note here.

Georgia Tech Becomes Ellen MacArthur Foundation Network University


The Center took the lead to engage the Ellen MacArthur Foundation about their Network University education program. The  program supports the development of innovative teaching and research programs to drive the transition towards a circular economy and aims to enable collaborative ventures and knowledge exchange across policy makers, business, and academia.

See a full list of Network Universities here.

Faculty Publication Spotlight:

The Huffington Post published circular economy opinion pieces by Professors Atalay Atasu and Beril Toktay.

3 Ways to Fix E-Waste Regulations

4 Obstacles on the Way to a Circular Economy

Center supports GT Booth at 4th Annual RayDay


The Center co-hosted the GT booth at this year's RayDay celebration. Other departments participating included the Office of Campus Sustainability, the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the Strategic Energy Institute, and the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain.  

Georgia Tech's Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) kicks off Environmental Justice Series


Join SLS, and their campus and community partners, throughout the semester, as we explore the theme of Environmental Justice. The goal of the series is to generate serious conversation, examination, and action around justice as it relates to environment and sustainability.

View the full schedule of events here.

Sustainability @Tech

Georgia Tech is hiring a Sustainability Coordinator!

The Office of Campus Sustainability is hiring an experienced Sustainability Coordinator who can support outreach programs and sustainable initiatives at Georgia Tech. Please pass on the opportunity to any qualified candidates.

View the posting here.
Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 20th | 6:15p - 8:30p
The Center and Net Impact at Scheller College present
"Your Business Career and Sustainability" Panel and Reception

Scheller College Room 200, 800 W. Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Monday, October 24th | 4:30p - 5:30p
The Gerogia Tech Office of Campus Sustainability presents
"Go Zero Waste: Implementing a Zero Waste Lifestyle
Clary Theater, Bill Moore Student Success Center

Thursday, October 27th | 11a - 12p
Center Business, Society, and Environment Seminar Series
Speaker Omar Rodriguez presents
"Engaging for Good: A Study of Engagement Drivers
for Prosocial Messages in Social Media

Scheller College Room 212, 800 W. Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Monday, November 14th | 12:15p - 1:30p
Serve-Learn-Sustain Environmental Justice Series
Speaker Michael Oxman presents 
"Environmental Justice & Business/Community Engagement - Challenges & Opportunities in the Extractives Industries"

Technology Square Research Building (TSRB) Auditorium,  85 Fifth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308


Thursday, November 30th | 3p - 4p
Center Business, Society, and Environment Seminar Series
Speaker Movarid Rahmani presents
"Complementary Product Design and Process Technology Choices in Recycling
Scheller College Room 314, 800 W. Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business launched in 2013 thanks to the generosity of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and the Kendeda Fund. The Center was created as a catalyst, connector, and enabler, bringing together students, research faculty, companies, entrepreneurs, and other organizations in environments where business-driven solutions can take shape and thrive.
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