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- Director-Conservation December 4, 2013Company Name: Satpuda Foundation.
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- India’s Green IT and Sustainability Spending to Reach $29.2 Billion in 2013 November 22, 2013
Mumbai, India – India’s spending on green IT and sustainability initiatives will reach $29.2 billion in 2013, a 17.6 percent increase from $24.8 billion that was spent in 2012, according to Gartner, Inc.
In the Gartner report, titled “Hype Cycle for Green IT and Sustainability in India, 2013”, analysts said while businesses and investors in India are slowly waking up to green and sustainability issues, policymakers in the government are clearly pushing for changes that will likely set the tone for green and sustainable, low-carbon economic growth in the country in the coming years.
“Many Indian organizations still lack the strategic focus that comes with a clear understanding of the core issues and key technologies that bring about real change in the vision for sustainability and green IT in an organization,” said Ganesh Ramamoorthy, Research Director at Gartner. “Therefore, policy initiatives and regulatory measures from the Indian government will be the key drivers for implementation of some of the technologies (such as advanced metering infrastructure, carbon capture and sequestration, intelligent transportation system, and solar energy technology) necessary to usher in low-carbon sustainable growth.”
“A few leading organizations in the country are beginning to implement green IT and sustainability solutions and incorporate them into business operations. However, this is through a piece-meal approach that relies more on the hype surrounding the solutions than on the real benefit of the solution to the organization’s sustainability and green IT vision,” said Mr. Ramamoorthy. “However, the unique challenges faced by India, such as an unreliable power infrastructure, a growing urban-rural divide and increasing population migration to urban areas, will also provide businesses there with the opportunity to innovate and test new cost-effective approaches and green technology solutions that may then be adapted elsewhere – in other developing, or even developed nations.”
In the report, Gartner has included six new technology areas and profiled 41 technologies in all. The new technologies added to this year’s Hype Cycle include hybrid electric vehicles, micro-grids, machine-to-machine communication services, liquefied natural gas, biomass electricity and wind power generation. The biggest mover in the 2013 Hype Cycle is solar energy technology, which moved ahead by 17 positions into the Slope of Enlightenment “mainly as more state governments joined the solar energy bandwagon with specific policies and incentives to attract investments, and as new projects are commissioned,” said Mr. Ramamoorthy.
Similarly, the recent policy and regulations announcement by the Indian government with regards to e-waste handling (recycling and disposal) has heightened the hype around this set of technologies, leading Gartner to push this particular technology to the peak of the Hype Cycle. “We expect Indian organizations to frame their strategy for e-waste handling in line with the government regulations, leading to mainstream adoption over the next five to 10 years,” said Mr. Ramamoorthy.
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- How to get a Career in Sustainability: Hard Work, Talent and Perseverance October 21, 2013
You’ve seen the light. After a decade as an accountant or sales manager or marketing executive, you decide a career in corporate sustainability is the thing for you. And why not? The power of business can potentially help to resolve some of the most taxing social and environmental issues of the day. Being part of that promises plenty of exciting development and brain-twisting challenges along the way; not to mention the quiet satisfaction that derives from doing a job that is worth doing.
But it’s time to meet reality. Demand for sustainability jobs is enormous and openings are few and far between. Formal sustainability roles, even in the world’s largest corporations, often fail to reach double figures. Nor is the timing great. Sustainability in general has suffered a “setback” with the global recession of recent years, says Paul Gosling, managing director for the UK and Europe at specialist recruiter Allen & York.
Not put off? That’s good. Because if you’re to make a career for yourself in sustainability, then learning to persevere will prove essential. “It’s a tough job, with plenty of knocks and scrapes on the journey,” warns Mike Barry, director of Plan A at Marks and Spencer.
Many of the other qualities on Barry’s interview watch-list are generic for good managers everywhere: good people skills, the ability to drive change and strong networking skills. Others are what you might expect for someone looking to break into the field: an understanding of sustainability and personal integrity (i.e., being “true to their values and lead by example”) are both musts. All are easy enough to identify, but tough to embody.
Andy Cartland, founder of sustainability recruitment company Acre, puts particular emphasis on two further characteristics in the list. The first is innovation: the ability to unpack complex problems, dissect them into their constituent parts and come up with genuinely novel solutions is critical, he insists. “Companies would be far more willing to hire sustainability professionals if they think they’re getting an innovator who can genuinely help them do business in better ways that haven’t been thought of before.”
The second quality on Cartland’s list is a sound knowledge of business. People who want to save the world but can’t understand a corporate balance sheet won’t cut it, he says. Business folk in mainstream functions are inherently suspicious of the soft world of sustainability. To make inroads, you need to be able to speak their language and understand their priorities. “It’s all about how they integrate sustainability with the commercial success of the business,” he notes, in reference to typical job specifications nowadays.
The balance between technical knowledge and business experience is a tricky one to strike. Numerous universities and business schools now offer sustainability-related MBAs or MScs. Approaching the job market with a technical qualification won’t do you any disfavours, says Gosling. Knowing your GRI-G4 from your ISO 26000 will give future employers a level of confidence. But having an accreditation after your name isn’t “vital”, in his opinion. More important is to be on top of the relevant facts and up to speed on the latest developments.
For Shannon Houde, a sustainability careers adviser with UK-based Walk of Life Consulting, the question of professional training needs to be weighed against the costs in terms of time and money. An additional qualification may of course just be the missing piece between you and your dream job, especially if the post is highly technical. Yet she generally advises caution. If nothing else, it’s not a sector that favours those out of work or on career breaks.
“You have to map the gap between what it is you can currently offer, the roles that you think you’re going to target and the interim steps to get you there,” she says. “It’s not just a case of jumping into a masters programme and hoping that that somehow waves this career wand at the end.”
A key interim step, she argues, is to gain experience in your current role. Joining the company’s volunteering scheme or championing a green initiative in the office all help you earn your sustainability spurs and prove your interest in the subject. Networking internally to identify others that share your passion can also open opportunities for initial exposure to the subject and for some project experience on your CV.
Indeed, Houde’s first piece of advice is not to enter the external job market at all. Far better to try to carve out a sustainability job where you currently are, she advises. You already have the contacts. You know the sector. All it takes is to make the business case for why such a role is needed and to convince the boss why you’re best placed to fill it. Naturally, you’ll then need the gumption to “ride out the highs and lows” that will inevitably follow.
“What I advise my clients is, create your own job,” says Houde. “Find a way to leverage your sector knowledge and the knowledge you have of the business you are working in to create your own sustainability role.”
Try as you might, however, this approach may ultimately prove impossible. In which case, you’ll need to jump ship. But before you leap, make sure you’ve got a clear idea of where you want to land: what sector, what role, what pay grade. That means definitely not applying for every job going. Likewise, it means targeting jobs at your level of experience, not taking salary cuts just to get your foot in the door.
“If you’re open to anything, that’s a big red flag… it’s very painful for people because they say: ‘Oh, I don’t want to limit myself,’ but it backfires when you go out and do a job search,” says Houde.
Given the competition out there, you can rightly celebrate if you succeed in making the leap into corporate sustainability and landing your perfect job. But don’t linger too long. It’s a fast-paced sector, Gosling notes. “Opinion, science and legislation are constantly moving and changing.” You need to be ready to future-proof your company one minute and negotiate with an activist group the next; jump from an investor relations call to a supply chain policy meeting.
If that sounds all too much, then best stay put. A job in sustainability isn’t for everyone. Only the best and the brightest – and the most bloody-minded – need apply.
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- What is a Sustainable MBA? October 16, 2013
Sustainability has become a buzz word in industry as companies recognize the need to be ecologically sensitive. Across the world, the number of companies reporting on sustainability performance is on the rise. Over the last five years, there has been a steady increase in the demand for sustainability professionals.
B-Schools have responded by introducing exclusive MBA programs and short-term courses that incorporate sustainability principles. The business world has also shown a great deal of interest in such programs. But what are these programs all about? What can students expect and how are they different from the traditional MBA? We take a closer look at the need for MBA programs on Sustainability.
How Did The Need For Sustainability Arise?
Since Industrial Revolution, business had virtually ignored the social and environmental impacts of business. Toxic emissions, water contamination, and release of other dangerous chemical wastes in soil have resulted in rapid environmental degradation.
Greenhouse effect, caused by carbon emissions from excessive burning of fossil fuels, has been found to be a significant contributor to global warming. The scientific community has concluded with greater certainty that such human activity is responsible for climate change.
Climate change is already causing extreme weather events – floods, droughts, severe winters and heat waves.
Industrialization has had many unforeseen social consequences as well. Many local communities suffered as their traditional homes were taken for setting up of industry, mostly in developing and poor countries. The poor, uneducated and marginalized sections of society suffered the worst as they had very few alternative sources of livelihood.
A majority of resettlement and rehabilitation programs also turned out to be quite inadequate or grossly misaligned. “Especially while talking of new industrial projects popularly known as ‘green-field’ projects, it has been found in many instances that there is a lack of commitment towards the needs of local communities. While these projects appear to adhere to the ‘prescribed’ statutory requirements, there is a perceptible gap between “what the company delivers” and “what the local communities need”, says Nelmara Arbex, Deputy Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative (In Green Dialogues, a brand forum of ThinktoSustain.com).
Society has been paying for these negative after-effects (and the scenario is expected to be worse for future generations) but it has started questioning and challenging government policies and corporate actions that can cause potential harm to society and environment.
Nowadays, there is an appreciable level of public awareness on such issues. News media, internet and social media, and NGOs have played a significant role in disseminating information about environment malpractices.
Judicial activism in both developed and developing countries has led to framing of newer environment-sensitive legislation, imposition of penalties on companies and government agencies that do not comply with law of the land.
Environment experts call these developments as a “social movement” that has put pressure on corporate to own responsibility for social and environmental impacts. Failure to do so has resulted in de-listing of companies from stock exchanges, initiation of strong legal action and has even led to closure of business. The strain between business and society is much more palpable nowadays. Demonstrations against corporate and government on their industrialization policies have become a common instance the world over.
What is “The License to Operate”?
A common phrase most often referred to is that companies need to maintain their “license to operate” which means that companies must adopt sustainable business practices to ensure that they enjoy the trust and confidence of all key stakeholders – vital for continued operations. This is a stark difference to the how the companies used to operate earlier under a sole profit motive.
With dwindling natural resources – the most sought after raw materials for production, there is pressure on companies to innovate new business models that reduce or eliminate dependency on natural resources. This is also necessary for them to be economically viable.
What is an MBA Program in Sustainability?
In such programs, students develop skills and competencies that help businesses embed sustainability into core business strategies, bring more clarity on the company’s vision and goals on social and environmental responsibility and establish clear communication channels with stakeholders.
Students learn to explore business opportunities by leveraging sustainability as a driver of innovation for competitive advantage.
Sustainability programs also deal with ethical dimensions of business and corporate governance mechanisms – that bring about greater transparency through disclosures and build trust and confidence among stakeholders.
How is a Sustainability-focused MBA different from Traditional MBA?
A traditional MBA is guided by study of business predominantly from a financial perspective, while the sustainability-focused MBA takes into account environmental and social perspectives in addition to the financial aspect.
The sustainability-focused MBA recognizes that business is responsible for its impact on environment and therefore needs to find innovative solutions that reduce the ecological footprint. This approach is lacking in the Traditional MBA.
A common misconception among students is that they think Sustainable MBA is meant only for the social sector. Giselle Weybrecht, the author of “The Sustainable MBA”, points out that “Students already think they know what sustainability is all about and have written it off as something that is about not for profits because it means giving away money rather than making it. This is not at all the whole picture; sustainability means a lot more and is being used in many different ways, profitable ways by businesses around the world”. (In an interview in Green Dialogues with ThinktoSustain.com)
In fact it is not. She points out that “It is important that MBA programs show this to students within core courses, electives, consulting projects, campus activities, just to name a few examples. It is important that they give the next generation of business leaders the tools to be able to apply this to their business in a way that makes sense not only to society and the planet but also to the business”.
Why is Sustainability important for Industry?
Environment Regulation: Government regulations and environmental laws are becoming more stringent which is also altering the competitive landscape. This is perhaps the main driver among companies to take a critical assessment of their business plans and practices. Many lending agencies mandate norms that need to be followed by companies in order to get continued financial support.
Prof. George Serafeim and Prof. Ioannis Ioannou – researchers from Harvard Business School and London Business School, respectively, have found evidence that countries that have adopted mandatory sustainability reporting laws and regulations, have better sustainability performance of businesses (In Green Dialogues – In Conversation with ThinktoSustain.com).
Best Practice Approach: Progressive companies always look forward to promoting best practices. There is a voluntary disclosure which goes beyond the standard compliance requirement. For example, the triple bottom approach (3BL) has been adopted by many companies. This approach puts Planet, People and Profits together as a priority with more weight-age to Planet and People dimensions of business.
Such companies identify potential areas where improvements can be made through innovative strategies to reduce environmental strain. “Many of the world’s largest businesses that report – and 95% of the global 250 largest companies do – are looking to make their supply chains more sustainable and transparent as well. Wal-Mart’s sustainability score card is one example where the largest company in the world is demanding sustainability performance information from its suppliers” – says, Ernst Ligteringen, Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative, (In Green Dialogues)
Sustainable Branding: Many companies take on a sustainability approach to develop a positive brand image. Environment-sensitive consumers tend to think positively of brands that are contributing towards environment protection and/or social development. Such companies have strong advertising campaigns that communicate the eco-attributes of their products.
Sustainability Ranking: Some global agencies rank brands on their sustainability performance. For example, Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) ranks top-performers and the list is revised every year. It becomes vital for companies to be ranked high on such parameters.
Rights Activism: There is mounting pressure on business to take action on environment-unfriendly business practices. At times, these demands from NGOs are not explicitly covered under law but yet have far damaging consequences which makes matters complicated.
A dedicated team of professionals having relevant and deep knowledge of sustainability concepts and cross-functional skills – economics, finance, marketing and human resources, is better placed to comply with legal provisions, manage critical scenarios, position the company among stakeholders, find innovative eco-friendly solutions and deliver desired outcomes.
What Skills Are Developed in Sustainable MBA Program?
“Key competencies would include an entrepreneurial spirit, open mindedness, an understanding of stakeholder groups, an innovative spirit, ability to question fundamental assumptions around business, ability to see and take advantage of opportunities, to be able to understand the impact of business decisions on society and on the business in the short, medium and long term, and finally strong business skills alongside knowledge of sustainability issues. These are all skills that make a graduate a much stronger manager”, says Giselle Weybratch, author of the Sustainable MBA.
Sustainability requires a different mind-set – that is not only sensitive to societal needs but also integrates them in its business plans to become viable entities. Some of the skills that we identify are:
- Knowledge of sustainable business models – essential to give direction to company’s long term growth plans,
- Analytical skills – to identify opportunities to reduce the company’s ecological footprint. Such skills are much in demand to help in R&D function to develop new alternative products that consume less energy and raw materials,
- Social and environmental risk assessment skills – required to assess sustainability risks associated with business operations,
- Stakeholder management skills – needed to respond effectively, negotiate with stakeholders, launch initiatives
- Design reporting frameworks – to build trust and confidence among stakeholders through disclosures,
- Knowledge of legal and regulatory mechanisms – to help the company adhere to compliance mechanisms and ensure timely reporting,
- Identify new opportunities – in carbon markets, voluntary markets or through other market-based mechanisms,
- Green Accounting skills – to assess and manage the green capital
Do all Sustainability-focused MBA programs have similar orientation?
Generally, sustainability-focused programs try to balance various ideologies but invariably they tend to lean towards one of them – social responsibility, sustainable business, or the environment stream.
The social stream is inclined towards corporate social responsibility (CSR), social welfare, human rights and public policy issues. The sustainable business stream is inclined towards reducing socio-ecological impacts of business; unlocking value through product innovations, the environment stream is more focused on new technology, market-based mechanisms, environment policy etc.
A majority of the sustainability-focused MBA programs are new but are gaining fast recognition. Some of the MBA programs offer a variety of elective courses, mostly in the last year/semester that help students customize the program to suite their specific career orientations.
What Jobs roles are available for Sustainability professionals?
Many new ‘sustainability-focused’ roles or green jobs have emerged within companies that are at times being overseen by the Board itself, if not the Senior Management. This trend is fast catching up in developed countries in North America, EU, and Australia.
The demand for trained sustainability professionals in developing countries exists but professional/academic institutions have been slow to respond. Barring a few institutions, most still focus on the traditional MBA. The potential for sustainability professionals and green careers is becoming stronger in countries like India as growth picks up momentum under an environment-friendly regulatory regime.
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- IIM Lucknow launches PGP in Sustainable Management – An Interview with Prof Sushil Kumar October 16, 2013
Sustainability has become an important corporate agenda. B-schools cannot ignore this changing trend anymore and must incorporate courses that equip management professionals with relevant knowledge and skills to enable organizations improve their social and environmental performance.
The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) has recently launched a two-year, full-time Post-Graduate Program in Sustainable Management (PGPSM) that will commence from the forthcoming academic session in 2014. Having already taken a leadership role by launching the first-ever course on carbon markets at a time when our professional management education systems were still oblivious to this emerging business challenge, the PGPSM program is yet another endeavor in this direction.
ThinktoSustain.com takes a closer look at the PGPSM program and its objectives. We invite Prof Sushil Kumar, Faculty, Centre for Business Sustainability and Dean, Academic Affairs, IIM Lucknow, who has been at the forefront of IIML’s sustainability initiatives, to answer our queries and share his thoughts on what the program is all about, for whom it is meant, and what it can offer to students.
Prior to joining IIML, Prof Sushil Kumar was SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada, from where he completed his Doctoral studies too. Earlier, he was a Member of the prestigious All India Service – Indian Forest Services (IFS) – belonging to the 1988 batch.
A. About IIM Lucknow Noida Campus
Question: Sir, do provide a brief background about IIM Lucknow NOIDA Campus.
Prof Sushil Kumar: IIM Lucknow’s Noida Campus was set up in the year 2005 to serve as a Centre of Excellence for executive education. IIM Lucknow’s path breaking initiative of setting up an additional campus in the country was a manifestation of its vision of leadership in management thinking and education.
Question: Tell us something about Centre for Business Sustainability (CBS) at IIM Lucknow and its objectives and functioning in relation to the newly launched Post Graduate Program in Sustainable Management (PGPSM).
Prof Sushil Kumar: The Centre for Business Sustainability (CBS) is a multidisciplinary, collaborative initiative, bringing together experts from various domains to help businesses shift from the conventional paradigm of ‘shareholder value creation’ to the emerging paradigm of ‘stakeholder value creation’. It disseminates knowledge and makes available appropriate latest modern management and decision making tools and techniques to business leaders. The Centre develops, designs and delivers short term and long term training programs, and organizes highly tailored workshops according to specific needs of corporate and non-corporate sectors. The PGPSM is a brainchild of the CBS, which has been instrumental in establishing the core vision of the program and its curriculum development.
Question: The Centre of Business Sustainability (CBS) is located at IIM Lucknow, but the classes for PGPSM would be conducted at NOIDA Campus; any particular reason for that?
Prof Sushil Kumar: PGPSM is directed at working managers/professionals seeking to add further value to their profile through a professional degree. Running the PGPSM program from Noida, a major hub of corporate India, would enable us to cater to a wider audience having requisite work experience. Being in close vicinity of Delhi, Noida campus is also the ideal platform for bringing together corporate leaders, policy makers, civil society and academia from various universities in Delhi to deliver guest lectures and interact with students.
Question: What kind of infrastructure and facilities does IIM Lucknow make available for the students who join PGPSM?
Prof Sushil Kumar: IIM Lucknow’s Noida campus boasts of modern classrooms, fully equipped computer labs, a well-stocked, regularly updated library, fully furnished hostel rooms, a mess and elaborate sports and fitness facilities. All of these will be available to students who join the PGPSM.
Question: Which universities/institutes (national and international) would you consider your peer where similar programs on sustainability are run?
Prof Sushil Kumar: We are planning to benchmark our PGPSM against some of the well known similar programs being run by European Institutes like Rotterdam School of Management, Business School Lausanne etc.
Question: What are the advantages that IIM Lucknow offers over other programs/institutions?
Prof Sushil Kumar: IIM Lucknow has 30 years’ experience of successfully running various post-graduate programs, Management Development Programs and programs for working executives. The Institute’s success story has been written by its highly qualified and experienced faculty.
The Centre for Business Sustainability in particular has experience in teaching and training related to sustainability issues and has developed a strong collaborative network of experts from various fields all sharing a common concern for business and sustainability.
Question: What are the unique features that make PGPSM a better choice? How is the program positioned in terms of international recognition?
Prof Sushil Kumar: PGPSM is not being presented as a better choice; rather it is an added choice for managers seeking to run businesses in a manner that aligns with Sustainable Development goals and allows them to meet the triple bottom line of ‘planet, people, profits’. Given its focus on understanding the interconnectedness of economic performance of business with coupled social and environmental systems, graduating students would be trained to handle sustainability challenges in a rapidly changing business environment using a dynamic systems framework.
Question: Considering the current buzz about social, environmental and governance issues and the concept of ‘sustainable development’, what kind of student response are you expecting for your PGPSM?
Prof Sushil Kumar: As more and more businesses face social and environmental challenges everyday, awareness about issues related to sustainable development spreads across every functional area of the corporate world. Working managers as well as students seeking to become managers are becoming more informed about the needs of the corporate sector and are looking for professional courses that will enable them to fulfill this need. Since PGPSM is a program with such a focus, we expect a very enthusiastic response from managers/professionals wishing to be leaders in today’s business environment.
Question: What kind of industry response are you expecting for your PGPSM? What kind of support have you got from industry?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Given the kind of relationships IIM Lucknow has been able to establish with Industry and the growing need for trained managers in the domain of Business Sustainability, we don’t see any problem in placing the graduating students. We are discussing some the industry giants like WIPRO, Siemens, TATA group companies etc. regarding potential placement opportunities.
B. About Post Graduate Program in Sustainable Management
Question: Give a brief about the Post Graduate Program in Sustainable Management (PGPSM).
Prof Sushil Kumar: Achieving growth and prosperity without adding to the stress on global environment is a critical issue facing today’s business and society. Sustainability issues are dictating corporate decisions and there is a demand for MBA graduates who understand how to incorporate such issues into the decision making process. As companies try to understand, evaluate and take action on issues that can affect their triple bottom line, they are now seeking qualified individuals who understand the societal, environmental and business components of sustainability. IIM Lucknow, fully understanding the need to produce such experts, has taken the timely initiative to launch a Postgraduate Program in Sustainable Management
Question: How is the program structured?
Prof Sushil Kumar: The course work for the program will be spread over six terms, three in each year. The core courses will be offered over five terms. In the sixth term students have a broad choice of electives. Students would have to undertake a two month project in the industry. They would also have to complete an integrated project spread across three terms in the second year.
Question: Are there electives (specialized courses) offered to students who wish to acquire specialized knowledge/skills in a particular area?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Yes, electives will be offered in the sixth term in two specialized areas – Environment Management Stream and Social Stream.
Question: What would be the teaching methodology for this program?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Teaching would be through a combination of class room lecture, case discussions, project work and discussions with experts from different fields.
Question: Can you briefly explain the key competencies PGPSM aims to develop in the students?
Prof Sushil Kumar: PGPSM is designed to help managers develop an ethos of environment and social responsibility and equip them with holistic thinking and skills to handle varied sustainability challenges in a dynamic and unpredictable environment. The curriculum is designed to develop and hone management and leadership skills to formulate and solve problems at the appropriate scale, and help students recognize the interconnectedness of economic performance of business with coupled social and environmental systems. Students would also be able to produce policy-relevant results.
Question: What value will a PGPSM professional offer to the industry?
Prof Sushil Kumar: PGPSM students will be in a much better position to understand, appreciate and analyze the complex relationships businesses have with their diverse stakeholders. Equipped with right tools and techniques and right mindset they will be able to maximize the stakeholder value insuring sustained performance of the business itself.
Question: Considering the importance of business sustainability in current times, would PGPSM graduates have an edge over other regular MBA professionals in handling sustainability challenges in their respective companies?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Of course, as these students will study issues related to sustainability in greater detail.
C. About Admissions
Question: What would be the batch strength for this program?
Prof Sushil Kumar: We plan to start with a batch size of 40-45 students.
Question: Tell us in brief about the selection criteria and admission procedure.
Prof Sushil Kumar: Eligible candidates should hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with at least 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST/PWD category) or equivalent, with at least two years professional experience.
Admission to PGPSM will be done based on Common Admission Test (CAT) score (GMAT score for NRI candidates).
Question: Is the program open to foreign nationals? What is the selection criteria and admission procedure for them?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Yes, the program is open to foreign nationals. They would be selected based on GMAT scores.
Question:Are you admitting sponsored candidates to this program? What’s the selection criteria and admission procedure for them?
Prof Sushil Kumar: They would have to meet the same admission criteria as non-sponsored candidates.
Question: How do you evaluate and select the best-fit candidates most suitable to join this program? What would, in truth, clinch the deal?
Prof Sushil Kumar: In the preliminary application stage candidates would have to satisfactorily demonstrate an interest in the program, culminating from their past work experience. The personal interview would then help bring out if a candidate is a best-fit for the program or not.
Question: What kind of reservation/quota has been allotted for students of various categories?
Prof Sushil Kumar: This will be as per the Government of India requirements.
D. About Fees
The program fee for 2014-2016 batch is INR 10,80,000 for Two Years (Four Semesters). In addition to the Program Fee, the students will be required to pay the Alumni Membership Fee & Refundable Deposits towards the following heads: Library Deposit, Computer Deposit and Mess Deposit.
Question: Are there any loan facilities available to the students to finance their education?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Loan facilities are the same as available to students of other PGP students.
Question: Are there any scholarships offered by IIM Lucknow to PGPSM students? If yes, do provide relevant details.
Prof Sushil Kumar: Scholarships are the same as offered to students of other PGPs.
E. International Affiliations
Question:What kind of international affiliations/partnerships your program has? Do you have student-exchange or faculty-exchange programs?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Many Institutes with whom IIM Lucknow already has tie-ups, have started similar program or have introduced related courses in their MBA program. Our students will get the opportunity of students exchange with these institutes. In addition, we are exploring the possibility of tie-ups with Business School Lausanne, IMD etc.
Question: What kind of value-add would PGPSM students acquire from these?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Students would gain a lot from the international exposure afforded by the exchange program. Interaction with students and experts from different countries would broaden their perspective about sustainable management practices prevalent around the world. They would learn first-hand how sustainable organizations abroad are similar to or different from those in India and what are the best practices in both cases.
Question: Kindly relate the various career options open to students passing out after successful completion of this course. What kind of profiles and roles can PGPSM students look forward to?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Graduates of the PGPSM program could expect to make a career in companies that promote a mission of economic growth coupled with efforts to reduce vulnerabilities arising from social inequities, environmental degradation, and climate change.
Placement of graduates of the PGPSM program would be targeted at industry, consultancies, regulatory agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Companies having sustainable business/environment/climate change/green products division, would be a good fit for our graduates.
Question: What kind of placement assistance IIM Lucknow would offer to PGPSM students. Do you have campus placement program?
Prof Sushil Kumar: The campus placement setup already available to students of existing programs would work towards placement of students of PGPSM. The strong networks established with potential recruiters over the past 3 decades present many placement opportunities.
Question: What kind of response are you expecting from the industry in terms of offering internships and jobs?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Like elsewhere in the world, in India also sustainability issues are beginning to dictate corporate decisions. There is a gradually increasing demand for MBA graduates who understand how to incorporate such issues into the decision making process. Companies are trying to understand, evaluate and take action on issues that can affect their triple bottom line. Hence,they are recruiting graduates of Business Sustainability programs/Green MBA to fill positions related to CSR, sustainability, environmental and social well-being. So we are expecting a satisfactory response from industry.
G. About Future Plans
Question: Would this be a stand-alone sustainability program or does IIM Lucknow intend to launch other short-term/long-term programs in the area of sustainable development?
Prof Sushil Kumar: We certainly plan to do more in this area. The long-term Executive FPM is already under way and short-term training and Management Development Programs would be added to the portfolio.
Question: What kind of change agents would your students turn out to be after finishing this course?
Prof Sushil Kumar: Graduating students of PGPSM, having gone through rigorous course work geared at inculcating a ‘sustainability mindset’ would be able to apply whole systems thinking to direct business strategy and practice in their organization towards sustainable management solutions. They could drive their organizations to become environmentally, socially and ethically responsible leaders, encouraging other organizations to incorporate sustainable management practices.
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- UNEP and Kyoto University to Cooperate on Environmental Education October 14, 2013
Kumamoto, Japan – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Kyoto University signed a comprehensive agreement on October 11 that will see experts and graduate students cooperate on key environmental issues, particularly freshwater management.
This is the first such agreement with a Japanese university, and is one of only a few such arrangements with universities worldwide.
Kyoto University and UNEP have already collaborated for over ten years, with students being placed on the GEMS/Water Programme – which supports global, regional, and national environmental assessment and reporting processes on the state and trends of water resources.
“Environmental education is crucial to empower a new generation of leaders fully informed with regard to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “This agreement will provide further impetus to UNEP’s already long and strong association with Kyoto University and, through the students who will emerge with sharpened environmental intelligence, open up potential transformations for Japan and other nations along an inclusive green economy pathway.”
“The conclusion of this comprehensive agreement with UNEP was achieved through long-term international collaboration by Kyoto University in the environmental field, which has now been formally recognized by UNEP,” said President of Kyoto University Hiroshi Matsumoto. “We would like to make the best use of this agreement in educating our students to develop their consciousness, knowledge, and practical experience of the environmental field, and to become world leaders capable of contributing strategic plans to overcome many global environmental issues.”
The formalized agreement will focus on the following areas:
- Assessments of freshwater resources and related environmental issues at global, regional and national scales;
- Global environmental evaluation programmes, such as the Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals, and Future Earth;
- The exchange of expert personnel between UNEP and the appropriate programmes at Kyoto University – such as the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability and the Global Survivability Studies (GSS) Program – to provide lectures and training on environmental protection.
- Post Graduate Programme in Sustainable Management (PGPSM) at IIM Lucknow, NOIDA Campus September 18, 2013
2. Name of the Programme: Post Graduate Programme in Sustainable Management (PGPSM)
3. Duration: 2 Years
4. Brief write-up on the Programme: PGPSM is a two-year full time, residential programme. It is designed to help managers develop an ethos of environment and social responsibility and equip them with holistic thinking and skills to handle varied sustainability challenges in a dynamic and unpredictable environment.
The curriculum is designed to develop and hone management and leadership skills to formulate and solve problems at the appropriate scale, and help students recognize the interconnectedness of economic performance of business with coupled social and environmental systems. Students would also be able to produce policy-relevant results.
Specifically, the programme will focus on:
a) Environmental, social and economic sustainability
b) Change management preparation
c) Critical perspectives on policy and institutions
d) Cross-sector collaboration
e) Focus on management and policy analysis
f) Systemic linkages among environmental, social, and economic issues
5. Eligibility: Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with at least 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST/PWD category) or equivalent, with at least two years professional experience.
6. Selection Criteria: Admission to PGPSM will be done based on Common Admission Test (CAT) Score (GMAT Score for NRI Candidates). Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their CAT/GMAT Scores would have to appear in Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
7. Programme Fee: INR 10,80,000 for Two Years (Four Semesters) [As on September 18, 2013]
In addition to the Programme Fee, the students will be required to pay the Alumni Membership Fee & Refundable Deposits towards the following heads: Library Deposit, Computer Deposit and Mess Deposit.
8. Tentative Dates/Months related to Admission:
Issue of Application Forms: September
Submission of Filled-in Application Forms: November 25, 2013
Registration for CAT: August – September
Common Admission Test (CAT): October – November
CAT Results: January
GD & PI: End of February Onwards
Course Commencement: June
9. Contact Details:
Indian Institute of Management,
Prabandh Nagar, Off Sitapur Road,
Lucknow – 226013
Uttar Pradesh, India
Prof. Sushil Kumar
Phone: +91-522-2734101 Ext: 6655 | +91-8004922090
Prof. Shamama Afreen
Phone: +91-522-2734101 Ext: 6619 | +91-7753838256
Mr. A. P. Singh
Phone: +91-522-2734101 Ext: 6989
10. URL: http://www.iiml.ac.in/PGPSM.pdf
11. Website: www.iiml.ac.in
- U.S. College Sports Tackling Sustainability September 11, 2013
New York – As college campuses prepare for the new school year, a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) examines the innovative sustainability efforts at collegiate sports departments across the country. Over 200 college sports programs, including leaders from the Big Ten, Pac-12, Ivy League, and SEC athletics conferences, are now prioritizing greener practices such as installing solar panels, undergoing energy efficiency audits and water conservation upgrades, and collecting recycling and composting at games.
“College athletics and recreation programs are leading the sustainability charge,” says Alice Henly, coordinator of NRDC’s collegiate sports work and author of the report. “They’re developing high-performance, high-efficiency buildings and practices that help mitigate climate change and conserve resources. And these greener initiatives are engaging the broader college community. Students, staff, and fans are all participating.”
“Collegiate Game Changers”, produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, documents for the first time the breadth of sustainability measures underway at collegiate sports departments all across the country. It features 10 case studies of college sports programs employing more sustainable techniques to manage their energy, water, waste and purchasing. The findings provide a roadmap for sports departments, students and staff interested in adopting sustainability strategies. And the report documents the bottom-line benefits of greening and the role of sports in transforming sustainability measures on college campuses. It is a follow-up to NRDC’s influential 2012 report, Game Changer, which featured the leaders in professional sports greening.
Report findings include:
- At least 216 collegiate sports departments have installed recycling infrastructure throughout their sports facilities.
- At least 146 collegiate sports departments have invested in more energy efficient practices by upgrading their lighting and controls.
- At least 116 collegiate sports departments have upgraded to water efficient fixtures.
- At least 88 collegiate sports departments have pursued LEED green building design certifications, with at least 24 certified sports venues to date.
- At least 23 collegiate sports departments have installed onsite solar energy production systems.
“Let’s face it. America is a nation of sports fanatics, and for all of us who eat, sleep, and breathe sports, environmental stewardship should be a top priority,” said Missy Franklin, four-time Olympic gold medalist and student athlete at the University of California at Berkley, who authored the report’s afterword. “As this report shows, collegiate sports programs are recognizing this and taking control of their own sustainability.”
Thirty schools are highlighted in the report for their leadership in sports greening. The 10 detailed case studies feature the University of Colorado Boulder, University of North Texas, The Ohio State University, University of Florida, Arizona State University, University of Oregon, University of Minnesota, the University of Arizona, University of Washington, and Yale University. A selection of their innovative practices follows:
Energy & Green Building
- Solar – Arizona State University has installed solar arrays at 10 different sports facilities that together generate approximately 7.5 megawatt hours of electricity each year, the most of any college athletics department in the nation.
- Wind – In 2011, North Texas University built the first LEED Platinum certified sports venue in the United States, which gets 30 percent of its power from three 121-foot-tall wind turbines next to the stadium (avoiding 323 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually).
- Green Building – The University of Colorado Boulder’s new Recreation Center will exceed LEED Platinum building standards and approach net-zero energy use, even with two energy-intensive indoor pools and a hockey rink.
- Energy Efficiency – The University of Minnesota saves over $ 410,000 annually (and 5.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide) across eight athletic facilities thanks to energy conservation measures. Yale University is saving more than $ 100,000 each year across their athletics facilities with energy efficiency upgrades.
- “Zero Waste” – The Ohio State University’s Ohio Stadium, with 105,000 seats, is the largest venue in the country to achieve over 90 percent diversion of waste from landfill (reaching a top diversion rate of 98.2 percent).
- Food Donation – The University of Oregon Athletics Department donates an average of 9,300 pounds of unused concession food to a local charity each football season. Oregon Athletics also donates 267,839 pounds of food each spring football game.
- Supply Chain – The University of Washington switched concession packaging at Husky Stadium to either compostable or recyclable and removed all garbage bins to help increase waste diversion.
- Plumbing Efficiency – The University of Arizona’s LEED Platinum certified Recreation Center features high-efficiency plumbing that reduced water use by 48 percent.
- Turf Efficiency – The University of Texas saves three million gallons of water each year thanks to their artificial stadium turf.
- Irrigation – The University of Florida’s LEED Platinum certified Heavener Football Complex features an irrigation system and native plants that decrease water demand by 50 percent.
The report also emphasizes the cultural impact of these initiatives on millions of students, who are now composting more frequently, riding bikes to the stadium, and cheering under LED lights and solar panel rooftops. In fact, it is often the students who are leading sports greening efforts on campuses nationwide.
“By engaging students in putting environmental solutions into action, collegiate sports has the potential to empower and inspire our future leaders to build a more sustainable society,” said Robin Harris, executive director of the Ivy League, who wrote the report’s foreword.
“The single most important thing we can do to address the urgent ecological challenges we face is change cultural expectations and attitudes about how we relate to the planet. The greening of collegiate sports illuminates the cultural shift taking place among students and staff alike that reflects a deepening and active commitment to protecting the Earth,” says Allen Hershkowitz, director of the NRDC Sports Project. “If politicians always have their fingers up to test the wind, then the greening of college sports is changing the wind.”
The complete report is available online from NRDC at: www.nrdc.org/sports/collegiate-game-changers