Business Sustainability Collaborative Background


Lonnie C. Poole Jr., founder of Waste Industries and a proponent of sustainable business practices, makes a $37.5 million endowed gift, naming the Poole College of Management. A portion of the gift was committed to establish a center of excellence in sustainability in the college.


Scott Showalter, professor of the practice in Poole College’s Department of Accounting, led an assessment of sustainability research currently underway among NC State faculty and led a Poole College task force that produced a 66-page report, Opportunities for Thought Leadership in Sustainability.


Jessica Thomas is named the inaugural director of Poole College’s Sustainability Initiative and officially launches the initiative to integrate sustainability across Poole College courses, research, career development, and operations.


The Sustainability Initiative is renamed the Business Sustainability Collaborative and launches its first five-year strategic plan, with the mission of preparing the next generation of leaders by engaging students, faculty, and the local and global business communities to drive positive business results.

"Sustainability today is an intrinsic part of doing business. It is imperative that as a business school, we enable our students to learn through instruction and real-world experiences how sustainability principles and practices contribute to a company’s value, to integrate this into our research activities, and to extend this knowledge into the business community.”​

– Ira R. Weiss, Dean and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Chair, Poole College of Management



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