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Preparing Students for Sustainability Jobs

Paul Ventura, chair of the Department of Sustainable Business, talks about some of the exciting sustainability projects produced by Marylhurst students.

Excerpt from an article by Paul Ventura on, August 8, 2013.

All of our MBA-level students produce a practical, implementable capstone project and many of them involve cutting-edge themes. Recent ones included an impressive, detailed sustainability report for a small city in Oregon, a feasibility study for a business to decommission wind turbines at the end of life, and a plan to help organic farmers safeguard their organic certification in the face of hydraulic fracking for natural gas in southeastern Ohio.

Because our online students live around the world, their projects have included social and cultural sustainability in Guam and alternatives to wood for cooking stoves in Sierra Leone. Recent students have been promoted to senior positions in sustainability for such organizations as an international pharmaceutical company, universities and nonprofit organizations.

One of our graduates started the National Association for Eco-Friendly Salons and Spas, and current students work for companies in the IT, renewable energy, and educational sectors in the U.S., Hong Kong, The Netherlands and elsewhere. Our students are my heroes, on the frontlines of sustainability every day.

And it's not just our business school that talks "green and blue." Our interdisciplinary studies degree has a sustainability concentration and our innovative interior design degree introduces all of its incoming students to sustainability in their first hands-on workshops. One of our newest programs is an MS in Food Systems & Society, which is a nice companion to the concentration in food systems management in our MBA in Sustainable Business.

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