290 Sustainable Business Ventures

This course explores the opportunities, challenges, and rewards offered by businesses that engage in creating environmentally sustainable products, services, and markets. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the clean tech sector, specifically focusing on renewable energy, green building, organic and natural products, and smart grids.Topics include environmental challenges to business, finding and presenting sustainable venture opportunities, market failure, and stakeholder engagement. Through case studies, guest speakers, sector surveys, environmental entrepreneur interviews, and a final project formatted as a case study, feasibility analysis, or term paper, students will understand their role as future business leaders in bringing about a “green” economy that produces both economic and environmental benefits.