AUBG Alumni Team Up to Create a Hands-on Sustainability Course

September 08, 2023 Tsvetana Haydushka
AUBG Alumni Team Up to Create a Hands-on Sustainability Course

During the Fall ’23 semester, AUBG will launch its first course fully devoted to the topic of Sustainability. The course Business practicum: Engaging in sustainability provides you with an opportunity to work on a real-world problem related to sustainability faced by a business, a non-governmental organization or other institution. AUBG alumni Maria Petrova (’95), currently Program Co-Director, MS in Environment and Sustainability Management at Georgetown University, and Evelina Van Mensel (EMBA ’16), part of the Business department at AUBG and PhD candidate in Ecosystems in support of Social Entrepreneurs, are joining forces to bring AUBGers a groundbreaking new course that promises to be both transformative and enlightening.

The course is open for all students, as long as they get permission from the professors.

“When you take a course like this one, you gain more than just a skill or theoretical knowledge. This is one of these classes that is truly educating you for four or five of your job positions ahead.” – Provost J.D. Mininger

The client of the course for this semester is the hypermarket chain Kaufland.

AUBGers will work in teams on client projects that will be curated by the instructors and range across different topics and industries. The course structure involves hands-on experience within the business sphere, guided by mentors from the sustainability domain. This will allow students not just to learn theories, but also to apply them in real-life, under the mentorship of experienced professionals. Petrova and Van Mensel share a vision of bridging the gap between education and real-world challenges. The course aims to equip the students with the skills, confidence, and experience needed to tackle complex sustainability issues head-on.

More specifically, the course will allow students to hone your problem-solving and consulting skills. Examples of such projects may include:

  • analyzing the economic or environmental potential of different business or product development strategies;
  • accelerating the pace of adoption of innovative technologies that can decarbonize operations;
  • developing marketing and communication plans for positioning a project offering that offsets the cost of sustainability to address environmental needs;
  • or developing a full-fledged company sustainability report.

This course is being offered thanks to the generous donation of  an AUBG alumn which aims to encourage AUBG’s sustainability efforts in the academic sphere.

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