Dean Garrett and Professor Adler Co-Lead New Sustainability Course

A student explores sustainability data on a tablet.

Business relies on the natural environment, and the natural environment means business.

The two-way relationship between the natural environment and business is the focus of a new graduate course debuting Spring 2024 titled Sustainability, Business, and the Future of Capitalism (currently MOR 599). Led by Dean GEOFF GARRETT and Harold Quinton Chair of Business Policy PAUL ADLER, the course delves into the natural, economic, social, political, and regulatory forces that will further reshape the context and conduct of businesses.

The new course will become part of Marshall’s expanding portfolio of BUSINESS OF SUSTAINABILITY programs and courses, connecting business and societal needs, and comes at a pivotal moment in the world of business and sustainability. In addition to Garrett and Adler, the course will be team taught by a number of Marshall faculty experts along with industry leaders.

“At Marshall, we aim to prepare our students to play leadership roles. And leadership today involves engagement with grand challenges of our time — of which climate change is surely one of the biggest. It’s going to affect every facet of business,” Adler said. “Yes, it offers great business opportunities for some sectors, but for most it’s going to present a huge challenge.”

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