Sustainable Enterprise Certificate

The Sustainable Enterprise Certificate program is designed for Willamette MBA students who have an interest in sustainability management and a desire to broaden their understanding of sustainability through in-depth experiential work opportunities and additional contacts with leading scholars in the field of sustainability. The Sustainable Enterprise Certificate is offered through Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management Executive Development Center (EDC).

The Sustainable Enterprise Certificate is a recommended component of the Sustainable Management Area of Interest and is also available to MBA students who are pursuing other areas of interest. Students who are interested in sustainability are encouraged to pursue the complete list of courses recommended for the Sustainable Management area of interest listed at

Willamette MBA students interested in pursuing the Sustainable Enterprise Certificate should review the information below and make an appointment to meet with Professor Elliot Maltz to review the requirements, discuss concerns, and request approval to participate in the certificate program.  After receiving approval from Professor Maltz, the student can register with the EDC.  All candidates for the Sustainable Enterprise Certificate will be supervised by Professor Elliot Maltz.

Requirements for the Sustainable Enterprise Certificate

The certificate requires successful completion of four designated courses, completion of one non-credit experiential project from the list of approved practicum options described below, and completion of all resident scholar classes.

1. Required Courses

• GSM 6203: Seminar in Cost Benefit Analysis or Law 348: Sustainable Natural Resources Law
• GSM 6222: Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World
• GSM 6296: Sustainability Management
• GSM 6297: Sustainability Management & the Physical Sciences

2. Required Practicum Experience

• Complete one project from The Sustainable Agriculture Program at Willamette University. The director of that program, in consultation with Professor Maltz, has identified several projects appropriate for management students. Completion of deliverables is documented by the director in writing and submitted to Professor Maltz.


• Complete work on an ongoing program at The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG).  TRIG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Communities at Willamette University.  Professor Maltz in consultation with the executive director of TRIG has identified several programs that can support management students in a staff position. Completion of deliverables is documented by the TRIG sponsor in writing and submitted to Professor Maltz.


• Identify a project of specific interest to the student. The sponsoring organization must submit a description of the project including specific deliverables. All projects and deliverables must be approved by Professor Maltz to meet the practicum requirement. Completion of deliverables is documented by the sponsoring group in writing and submitted to Professor Maltz.

3. Required Participation in Resident Scholar Classes
Each year the school will host two scholars from outside the Atkinson faculty to augment the certificate program. Students in the certificate program are required to attend all sessions conducted by the resident scholars.  Both scholars will provide curriculum for the certificate program via remote linkages through participation in the required courses GSM 6296: Sustainability Management and GSM 6297: Sustainability and the Physical Sciences.  Resident scholars will also visit AGSM at least once during the academic year.

Resident scholars provide certificate students the opportunity to gain broader insights on the topic of sustainability management from internationally experts in the field. Resident scholarship will provide students with insights on the current state of the art in the field, offer advice on how students can increase their understanding of potential career paths, and suggest additional steps required to become a successful professional in the field.

Resident scholars for the 2013-14 academic year are still being identified but will include:

Steven Cohen
Executive Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs
Director, Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy & Executive  MPA Concentration in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management
School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University  
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management, School of Continuing Education, Columbia University


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