Sustainability at Smeal

Information on Sustainability at Smeal.

Over 30 teams participating in the 2018 MBA Sustainability Case Competition.

The Smeal College of Business in partnership with PepsiCo, IBM, Verizon, CNote and Opportunity Finance Network are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual MBA Sustainability Case Competition for Fall 2018.  Smeal and our partners are working to deepen understanding of the ways in which sustainable business practices shape the world around us.

LEARN MORE about the Fifth Annual MBA Sustainability Case Competition

We invite students to explore the quickly growing impact investing and social finance space through the experience of one of its exciting new entrants. Five semi-finalist teams will then present their case analysis to a panel of judges at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business on Friday, November 30 for a chance to win a top prize of $10,000.

Events and Activities

Teams will compete in a two-round competition where they will create a case analysis presentation about a business sustainability case related to CNotes commitment from impact investing to impact saving. The power of idle dollars.  Five semi-finalist teams will then present their case analysis to a panel of judges at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business on Friday, November 30th for a chance to win a top prize of $10,000 at the 2018 MBA Case Competition!

Education

Our commitment to sustainability is apparent throughout the college's curricula. Educational experiences and coursework in this area are used to frame business challenges and solutions, enhance understanding, and prepare students to apply important sustainability concepts in the workplace. Concepts learned in the classroom are also being applied through the activities of student organizations such as Net Impact at both the undergraduate and MBA levels.

Research

Sustainability-related issues are also addressed through research initiatives, both within Smeal and collaboratively across the University. Research centers at Smeal pursue a variety of projects and studies centered on efforts related to sustainability, and Smeal faculty members are exploring topics around sustainability and its tie to economic development, social responsibility, supply chains, and innovation.

Outreach

Through various outreach initiatives and events including speaker series, case competitions, and volunteer opportunities, members of the Smeal community work with industry and government to provide thought leadership in understanding and implementing sustainable business practices. Activities within our own community also demonstrate the importance of these practices and how they can lead to organizational success.

Recognition

The Smeal Sustainability awards recognize extraordinary achievement and service in advancing Smeal's sustainability goals in teaching, research and outreach.  One of the newest awards is the Susman Sustainability Leadership Award recently presented to Gerry Susman. Learn more about other Sustainability awards and nominating candidates.