MEM
Specialization

Business and the Environment

Our Vision

The purpose of this specialization is to help YSE students who are interested in working on environmental issues in for-profit organizations, or in NGOs and public agencies that partner with for-profit organizations, be well prepared to do so. This specialization will be particularly helpful for MEM students with an environmental science or policy background and less experience with business concepts.

Program / Courses

specializations BUSINESS

Purpose and Scope

As the human demand for goods and services continues to grow, businesses face increasing risks to the resource systems on which they rely – from materials, to energy, water, food, climate and biodiversity. Many businesses also create pollution and waste, imposing costs and risks on the communities in which they operate.
 
Not only do these risks drive a search for greater productivity in resource use, they also create opportunities for entirely new businesses to develop – offering new materials and approaches to meeting human needs in ways that are supportive of resilient resource systems. As a result, increasing numbers of companies are seeking to hire graduates who bring both scientific and business knowledge to addressing these risks and opportunities. At the same time, as environmental organizations continue to grow, more and more of them are looking to business for examples of financial, organizational and operational models to improve their effectiveness.
 
The purpose of this specialization is to help YSE students who are interested in working on environmental issues in for-profit organizations, or in NGOs and public agencies that partner with for-profit organizations, be well prepared to do so. This specialization will be particularly helpful for MEM students with an environmental science or policy background and less experience with business concepts.
 
The specialization starts with two core classes that lay out the principles around which businesses are organized and managed. From there, students tend to gravitate toward work that is focused on either (a) companies that make things or (b) businesses that finance such activities. Quantitative skills will be important to both areas of work. As such, students are required to take four electives from a designated set, including at least one from the quantitative group.

Specialization Coordinators: Marian Chertow, Brad Gentry

Core

Two required courses.
Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 807
Corporate Sustainability Strategy and Management
Esty
M,W 8:15-9:30
  Faculty
Tentative
 
MGT 502
Foundations of Accounting and Valuation
       
 

Electives

Students must take four courses from the lists below, including at least (a) one Quantitative course or one Finance course and (b) one from the list of Additional Electives.
 

Quantitative

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 728
Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
Reuning-Scherer
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Reuning-Scherer  
ENV 753
Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
Gregoire
M,W 10:00-11:20
  Gregoire  
ENV 758
Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
  Reuning-Scherer
  Reuning-Scherer
ENV 811
Metrics, Tools and Indicators in Corporate Responsibility
  Tentative
  Tentative
 

Finance

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 635
Renewable Energy Project Finance
  Gross
  Tentative
MGT 842
Financing Green Technologies
       
 

Additional Electives

Other courses or independent projects may be used to satisfy elective requirements subject to approval of the faculty coordinator of the specialization.
Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 659
The Practice of Silviculture: Principles in Applied Forest Ecology (Friday field trips)
  Ashton
  Ashton
ENV 742
Fundamentals of Working with People
  Gentry
  Tentative
ENV 800
Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
Gillingham
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Gillingham  
ENV 814
Energy Systems Analysis
  Rao
Rao  
ENV 819
Strategies for Land Conservation
  Gentry
  Gentry
ENV 824
Environmental Law and Policy
Klee
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Klee
Tentative
 
ENV 838
Life Cycle Analysis
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 884
Industrial Ecology
Chertow
M,W 10:00-11:20
  Faculty  
ENV 894
Green Building: Issues and Perspectives
Yost
F 8:00-10:50
  Yost  
ENV 953
Sustainable Business Capstone Consulting
Boyd
Tu,Th 1:00-2:20
  Burke
Tentative
 
ENV 982
Green Engineering and Sustainability
  Zimmerman
       
MGT 525
Competitive Strategy
       
MGT 532
Business Ethics
       
MGT 541
Corporate Finance
       
MGT 557
Design and Marketing of New Products
       
MGT 635
Venture Capital and Private Equity Investment
       
MGT 862
Introduction to Responsible Business
       
MGT 872
Managing Sustainable Operations
       
MGT 873
Supply Chain Management
       
MGT 893
Non-Market Strategy