Sustainability 101: What it is, Why it Matters, and How We’re Living It

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What is sustainability?

Simply put, sustainability is the kind of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Although this sounds modest, its embrace is wide, profound, and far-reaching, encompassing social, economic, political, and environmental factors.

We could easily go the way of the dodo bird if we fail to collaborate with nature’s limited resources, which leads us to sustainability: a frequently misunderstood word that deserves clarification, especially when applied to agriculture, food, and food production.


Understanding the Triple Bottom Line: Why GMC’s Sustainable MBA Program Focuses on Environmental, Social, and Economic Efforts

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In recent decades, businesses have come to wield more power than ever before — the income of many multinational corporations now exceeds that of several countries. Today, there’s a growing expectation that business should be beholden to multiple stakeholders — not just investors.

Many of those businesses embracing that approach are outperforming more traditionally managed organizations. As a business professor and former business executive, I believe that creating employment and delivering critical goods and services while also taking into consideration the welfare of people and the planet presents some of the most critical challenges — and exciting management opportunities — of our times.

That challenge comes down to a “triple bottom line” — one encompassing profits, people, and the planet.


Unpacking Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability at Green Mountain College

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At Green Mountain College, we believe that sustainability and sustainable practices are multifaceted. In order to practice authentic sustainability, leaders need to implement sustainable initiatives in social, economic, and environmental spheres.

In this post, we’ll explore what this means in more detail and discuss how it can be achieved in a practical way.  




For more than 20 years, Green Mountain College has been focused on environmental, social and economic sustainability. Our curriculum is rated #1 in the nation, and we’ve been recognized for our leadership in sustainability more than any other college in the country. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, with proven success teaching and mentoring GMC students to take on the great challenges of these times. 97% of our graduates are employed, in graduate school or otherwise gainfully engaged.

If you too want to learn how to do well by doing good, GMC is the place to be.