Creating a Center of Excellence in Sustainability

NC State’s Poole College of Management recognizes the emphasis and importance of sustainability in the corporate world now more than ever.  As an institute of learning and higher education, the College understands it must produce future leaders with the knowledge of how to manage and lead businesses in a sustainable manner. To accomplish this goal, the Poole College of Management is exploring the possibility of creating a Center of Excellence in Sustainability. With NC State’s network of global corporate partners, this Center of Excellence will lead “the pack” in this area of education.

In partnership with this endeavor: BioSciences Management Initiative and the Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS), will be hosting two sustainability focus groups during the week of their fall meetings, October 25-28, 2011. Members of industry are invited to join and participate in one or both of the discussions. The focus groups will be led by a representative of the Poole College of Management Sustainability Task Force with the overall goal of identifying specific skills, qualities, and knowledgebase desirable for our students to possess as they enter the workforce as both MBA Graduates and Undergraduates.

We encourage anyone with an interest in sustainability to attend the Industry Focus Groups: “Shaping the Future of Sustainability Management Curriculum” on October 25, 2011 from 2:30 to 4pm at the Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh and October 28, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:30pm at the NC Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park.  Not only will you provide valuable information to the college, but the focus group will also pro

vide an opportunity for you to learn what other companies are doing related to sustainability.

To learn more about these sessions and to register please visit the CIMS site and see the agenda for the CIMS meeting.

If you have questions or concerns please contact me at:


Michelle Grainger
Managing Director
Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS)

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