Making the business case for sustainability through teaching, research, and outreach.


As part of our dialogue with the Penn State community and partners outside of the University, the Penn State Smeal College of Business coordinates a number of student and staff initiatives as well as events that focus on sustainable business practices.

Smeal Green Team

The Smeal Green Team was formed in 2010 and is comprised of faculty and staff members who volunteer their time to learn about and promote sustainable business practices at the college. The Green Team has led many efforts to reduce the college’s impact on the environment through recycling and power management initiatives and by fostering discussion on sustainability through regularly scheduled luncheons and events. 


Smeal hosts a range of events that promote and foster discussion on sustainability such as case competitions, speakers, and programs offered by research centers within the college.

MBA Case Competition

The Smeal MBA Case Competition offers students an opportunity to develop a compelling business case for integrating sustainability into a company’s operations, products, or governance. The event draws entries from a number of universities, and selected teams are invited to University Park to present their case.

2015 Smeal MBA Sustainability Case Competition

Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Sponsored by Smeal’s Center for Managing Technology and Organizational Change (CMTOC), The Advanced Manufacturing Forum focuses on sustainability implementation to enhance operational excellence within plants and offices. Previous forums have explored themes such as lean manufacturing and applying lean practices that focus on product design, manufacturing, and supply chains.

Sustainability Workshops

Members of the Smeal community have the opportunity to attend regularly scheduled lunches where Smeal faculty members present a sustainability-related research or teaching project, proposal, or idea. The lunches are intended to create awareness for ongoing and upcoming faculty research projects and also to encourage discussion around these topics.