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MBA Programs Go Green

Today, job opportunities in green living and clean technology continue to grow. This emerging market has caused business schools across the country to "green" their MBA curriculum to keep up with the new demand for trained professionals in this space.

In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Candida Brush, a professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College discussed the green movement in business schools. "You have to use entrepreneurial thinking to solve programs without taking away from the environment. You have to do it. It's not a choice," she says.

Catherine Wolfram, associate professor of business administration at the Hass School of Business (UC Berkeley) put things in a simpler economic perspective. "Jobs might be drying up on Wall Street, but not in the clean technology sector," she says.

Business Schools Continue to Go Green

As interest grows in sustainability, business schools are launching both new courses and programs for interested students. Some schools, including Stanford University, are taking sustainability, a bit further.

The Knight Management Center--soon to be home of the Stanford Graduate School of Business--has been lauded for its sustainability efforts. With state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems, natural lighting and ventilation, reclaimed building materials, and an on-site solar array, it's no surprise the business school received the 2010 Green Project of the Year, Private Award from the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. The school will be seeking Platinum certification--the highest possible--from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) program.

MBA Programs: The Top Green Business Schools

In turn, a number of green MBA programs are now available. Karin Kloosterman, founder of Green Prophet, recently rated the top 5 green MBA programs for The Huffington Post. Her top schools, in reverse order, include:

5. Yale University School of Management. Yale continues to offer new sustainability courses and learning activities to its MBA curricula. Partnerships with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale Center for Business should create additional opportunities for MBA students.

4. Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Located in Seattle, Brainbridge Graduate Institute has created an MBA in Sustainable Business program--its goal is to "prepare graduates to create and manage successful, dynamic enterprises that build a better world."

3. The University of Michigan. The Ross School of Business continues to foster new research in sustainable enterprise and the business school building itself uses energy-efficient lighting, green roofs, and water saving devices.

2. Stanford University. Like Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Stanford is offering a new green MBA program called Business Strategies for Environmental sustainability.

1. Presidio Graduate School. Presidio Graduate School--located in San Francisco--offers a dual MBA and MPA in Sustainable Management. This program revolves around three components--business foundations, leadership, and sustainable systems.