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Weaving Sustainability into Business Education at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business

Posted By Guy Pfeffermann, Thursday, May 26, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Guy PfeffermannRecently 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 technology.

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 world.

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.

Tags:  Business Education  Sustainability 

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