Sustainability Curriculum


The Business Sustainability Collaborative works across programs at Poole College to build a sustainability curriculum, both through standalone courses and by integrating sustainability into core and elective courses. In many project-based courses, such as the Consumer Innovation Practicum and the Product Innovation Lab, students have an opportunity to work on real projects related to sustainable business challenges and opportunities. The following courses are available for NC State students.

Strategic Priorities

The Business Sustainabilty Collaborative works closely with faculty to:

  • Identify research topics and research partners at other colleges within the university
  • Identify and sponsor sustainability related academic conferences, journals and grant opportunities
  • Integrate sustainability topics into courses
  • Identify and develop sustainability related cases, problems, or exercises
  • Identify sustainability related classroom educational materials such as textbooks, periodicals, and other technical guidance materials.

“More and more consumers, not just in the US, but around the world, want to be assured that the products they buy were sourced, produced, delivered with as small an environmental footprint as possible. This means companies who sell these products want to ensure their operations and supply chains are sustainable. Our students are future employees, managers, and executives at these companies and they need to be abreast of the latest developments in the field. That is why I am incorporating a module on sustainable operations and supply chain management in my course, MBA 540 Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management.”

- Dr. Eda Kemahlioglu Ziya, Assistant Professor, Department of Business Management


Search for Sustainability-Related Courses

Sustainability courses listed HERE are based on parameters provided by Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™(STARS) to which NC State reports. The courses from the link above are classified as a sustainability course (in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge) or as a course that includes sustainability(e.g. as a module, unit or activity that integrates sustainability issues). Using more than 160 keywords to search the NC State course catalog, students in the NC State EcoVillage compiled this list as part of a capstone project in 2015. Staff reviewed the list for quality and consistency, but omissions or inaccuracies may occur since the list is representative of a snapshot in time.

MBA Program

MAC Program

Undergraduate Program

PhD in Economics Program

"Strategically focused organizations are already realizing the need to think ahead 15-20 years to evaluate how and when their business model is likely to be impacted by unsustainable products and services critical to their supply chain, in addition to changes in customer demand for what is currently their ‘crown jewel’ product or service. In the face of such challenges, it is critical that the Poole College of Management integrate topics related to sustainability in our teaching, research, and engagement with businesses.” 
- Dr. Mark Beasley, Deloitte Professor of Enterprise Risk Management

Inter-Institutional Exchange Policy

The Inter-Institutional Registration Program is a voluntary organization comprised of the NC State University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro for the purpose of developing and conducting inter-institutional educational activities. The program provides the opportunity for students to enroll at another institution for a course or courses not offered on their home campus. Other activities include a inter-institutional library arrangement, joint student activities, and faculty cooperation and interchange.

Business Sustainability Collaborative Library: