Penn State Alumni Sustainability speaker series. World Environment Center.

Virtual Conversations

The fall 2020 Sustainability Research Seminar series will feature new research from Smeal faculty. We invite you to mark your calendars and participate in these virtual presentations. 

October 7, 2020 featuring Karen Winterich
"The Price-Entitlement Effect: When and Why Consumers Purchase High-Priced Products with Negative Social Impact"

November 11, 2020 featuring Mark DesJardine
"Financial Market Pressures and Business Sustainability: A Look at Activist Hedge Funds"
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December 9, 2020 featuring Evelyn Thomchick, Dan Ciolkosz, and Kusumal Ruamsook
"The Mid-Atlantic Sustainable Biomass Consortium: Bioproducts for the Bioeconomy" 
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Check back here for more opportunities to engage with the Center for the Business of Sustainability and its partners. 

Student Sustainable Business Conference

The Smeal College of Business and Net Impact team up to host the Student Sustainable Business Conference, the biggest student-run sustainability event of the year at Penn State. Our goal is to create opportunities for professionals and students to connect, discuss, and amplify the growing and essential business of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics.

Smeal Sustainability Case Competition

Engaging hundreds of students from the nation’s top business schools, Smeal Sustainability Case Competition has featured social enterprises like the fintech firm CNote and large multinationals like PepsiCo. Students get a unique opportunity to wrestle with a real-world, contemporary business challenge, interact with industry leaders, and compete for prize money. In the spring of 2021, the case competition will be open for the first time to undergraduate students.

Speaker Series

Smeal regularly hosts academic and industry experts who share their perspective, advice and experiences with faculty, students, staff and the community. Penn State University also offers the Sustainability Showcase, a weekly speaker series featuring scholars, educators, entrepreneurs and corporate executives.