I had the pleasure of lunching with Hildy Teegen, the Dean of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South
Carolina. She is leading an extraordinary sustainability program,
weaving it as a theme throughout her school’s curriculum, infrastructure and
USC’s Darla Moore School of Business takes an integrated approach to
teaching sustainability, emphasizing three core areas into every course that is
offered: ethics/corporate governance, public/private partnerships and the
environment. A point faculty person from each sector of the school serves on a committee
to discuss how to integrate these three pillars of sustainability throughout
each student’s experience at the school. These point faculty then work with
their colleagues to integrate the concepts into every field of study. Selective
curriculum reviews help to ensure that sustainability is indeed a fundamental
part of the students’ education.
In addition to this forward-thinking approach to teaching sustainability,
Teegen is leading the way in the field by committing to building their new
school in a sustainable way – reaching even beyond the highest LEED building
standards. When completed, it will be the largest building of its kind in the
For those who cannot make it to the building, Teegen has incorporated
Telepresence - a technology that allows for two-way video communication in a
group setting into the School - allowing virtual classrooms to function
interactively across her state, and the globe. This ensures that students will
be able to use teaching resources that were once out of reach, but also cuts
down on the school’s carbon footprint by reducing the need to travel in order
to maintain the high-quality, international education that USC Darla Moore
School of Business students have come to expect.
The School’s commitment to sustainability is further demonstrated by their
annual Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula, which
"encourages efforts to expose business students to state-of-the-art
environmental sustainability knowledge and to demonstrate the Moore School’s commitment
to promoting sustainability in business education.” Click here to learn more about the Page Prize.
With such a leader at the helm, I expect more exciting news about the
innovations happening at USC in the future and am proud that USC’s Darla Moore
School of Business is a member of the Global Business School Network.
Guy Pfeffermann is the founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network.