Sustainability and social responsibility

The Leeds sustainability-focused electives, combined with courses from the Environmental Studies, Engineering and the Law School will allow you to take advantage of expertise from multiple departments on campus and connect with an environmentally-conscious network of companies. Or choose to complete the Graduate Energy Certificate with a multi-disciplinary combination of electives.

Outside of the classroom Leeds Students are active in sustainability through the Net Impact Club which as a Gold Chapter is consistently among the top 15% of graduate chapters.

Design your degree

Established in 1976, CU Recycling has become one of the leading campus recycling programs in the country. Started by students, CU Recycling has grown to become integral to the campus operations. The University’s efforts in recycling have gained attention from the National Recycling Coalition, who recognized us with its first "Outstanding School Program" award in 1995.  The 2012-13 Corporate Knights’ international survey ranked the Leeds School among the top 30 Global Green MBA Programs in the world for the quality of sustainability education.

The Leeds School hosts the Net Impact Case Competition each year, partnering with a regional corporation to create the “live” case for the competition. In addition, The Center for Education on Social Responsibility at the Leeds School (CESR) hosts an annual Conscious Capitalism Conference designed to challenge top business students in the region to use the tools of business to address issues of social and environmental sustainability.

Building on the heritage of the University and the broad commitment of the school to the topic, the Deming, CESR, and CU Real Estate Centers have collaborated to enable Leeds MBAs to create a portfolio of sustainability-focused courses by offering electives that build on the required core Socially Responsible Enterprise course. The courses offered within the MBA curriculum, can be supplemented by additional courses offered by other graduate programs on campus, and can be combined to produce a strong emphasis in sustainable business practices.

MBA Sustainability - electives

MBAX 6570 Topics in Sustainable Business
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the core concepts, strategies and practices of sustainable business, emphasizing innovative business practices and entrepreneurial opportunities created by the sustainability “movement.” The topic of sustainability will be approached from the unique perspectives of seven core disciplines of business administration: economics, strategy, ethics, organizational behavior, operations, finance and accounting, and marketing.

MBAX 6130 Sustainable Venturing
Focuses on environmentally sustainable business ventures as well as issues associated with starting and operating a business that solves natural environmental challenges while achieving profitability. It includes a number of case studies, topical discussions, talks by environmental entrepreneurs, and an applied or library research project. Prerequisites: MBAX 6100 or instructor consent.

MBAX 6140 Social Entrepreneurship for Emerging Markets
This course is designed for graduate students interested in innovative business approaches to solving global social and environmental problems that have not been effectively addressed by government, business or traditional NGOs and non-profit organizations…. problems such as poverty, disease, environmental degradation, and lack of access to credit. Students will develop knowledge and skills that entrepreneurs and consultants need to address these problems by working in teams that provide business advice to social entrepreneurs in developing countries. Through their consulting projects, case studies, student-led discussion and the insights of guest speakers, students will learn the challenges and opportunities of doing business in emerging markets and how to assess the financial viability and social impact of various business models that are tailored to this environment.

MBAX 6815 Sustainable Real Estate
Explores the techniques, processes, tools and capabilities required to effectively and creatively manage growth and land use change in the light of the dramatic shifts beginning to transform the way we approach and even conceive land use and development.

Other sustainability-oriented courses at the University of Colorado Boulder include:

  • BADM 6930 Commercializing Sustainable Energy Technologies
  • CVEN 5838 Sustainability & the Built Environment
  • CVEN 5830 Sustainable Building Design
  • ENVS 5000 Policy, Science and the Environment
  • ENVS 5001 Environmental Philosophy
  • ENVS 5002 Environmental Science
  • ENVS 5100 Energy Science and Technology
  • ENVS 5720 Problem Orientation (environmental policy)
  • ENVS 5730 Decision Process (environmental policy)
  • ENVS 5710 Introduction to the Policy Sciences
  • ENVS 5820 Renewable Energy Policy
  • ENVS 5810 Climate, Water Resources, & Sustainability
  • LAWS 6112 Foundations of Natural Resource Law
  • LAWS 6302 Water Resources
  • LAWS 6318 Law and Economics
  • LAWS 6712 Law, Science, & Policy in Changing Climate
  • LAWS 7132 Energy, Insecurity, Sustainable Law
  • LAWS 7202 Environmental Law
  • LAWS 7122 Mining and Energy Law
  • LAWS 7132 Energy insecurity
  • LAWS 8302 Seminar in Adv. Water Resources
  • CVEN 5393 Water Resource Dev. & Mgmt.
  • GEOG 5292 Migration, Urbanization and Development
  • GEOG 5762 Sustainable Development: Theory and Classic Issues
  • GEOG 5772 Sustainable Development: Institutions and Policy
  • GEOG 6402 Seminar: Comparative Environmental Studies
  • SOCY 6007 Foundations of Environmental Sociology
  • SOCY 7017 Population and Environment
  • SOCY 6017 Inequality Democracy and the Environment

Sustainability Portfolio