Lonnie Poole addresses the crowd at the Park Alumni Center. Photo by Marc Hall

History

Since 2013, the Business Sustainability Collaborative has served as an academic initiative in the Poole College of Management at NC State University that brings together students, leading faculty and the business community to redefine how business success is measured.

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, Professor, Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Poole College of Management

Background

2010

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

2011

Scott Showalter, professor in Poole College’s Department of Accounting, led an assessment of sustainability research among NC State faculty and a Poole College task force producing the "Opportunities for Thought Leadership in Sustainability" report.

2013

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.

2015

The Sustainability Initiative becomes the Business Sustainability Collaborative with the mission of preparing the next generation of leaders by engaging students, faculty, and the business community to drive positive business results.

2016

BSC Director, Jessica Thomas, receives the Global B Corporation community with the Bill Clark Award, recognizing the individual outside of a certified B Corp who has done the most to support the B Corp community.

2017

BSC hosts the 3rd year of the internationally recognized B Corp Clinic which connects students to aspiring B Corporations to help them improve their environmental and social impact