About Us

The Business of Sustainability Initiative focuses on the business approach to sustainability that creates long-term value by embracing opportunities and managing risks deriving from economic, environmental, and social developments. We focus on student learning, thought leadership, and convening and outreach. 

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a natural fit. Among our faculty and programs — and collaborations across Georgetown’s renowned schools, we offer the right intersection of business, policy, and society to address these issues. Our global reach and D.C. location allow us to hone deep skills and natural affinity to tackle the business case for sustainability.

Student Learning

M.S. in Environment and Sustainability Management

In August 2022, Georgetown University will enroll its first class of M.S. in Environment and Sustainability Management students. A collaboration among the Georgetown Earth Commons Institute, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the McDonough School of Business, the STEM-designated program leverages the university’s expertise in both environmental science and business. Over 11 months, a mix of courses and experiential activities prepare students to become leaders with the knowledge, skills, and determination to advance sustainable business and environmental practices.

Undergraduate Sustainable Business Fellow

Georgetown undergraduate students have a unique opportunity to join the Sustainable Business Fellows program. The purpose of the program is to equip students with knowledge and practical experience to lead and manage successful businesses with a deep understanding of the complex social, economic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

MBA Certificate in Sustainable Business

Georgetown McDonough MBA students have a unique opportunity to earn a Certificate in Sustainable Business. The undergraduate students have an opportunity to participate in the Sustainable Business Fellows program. The purpose of these offerings is to equip students with knowledge and practical experience to lead and manage successful businesses with a deep understanding of the complex social, economic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Thought Leadership

Several of our faculty are focused on conducting research to inform practice regarding challenges and issues in the context of sustainable business.

Convening and Outreach

We host multi-industry events along with corporations, policymakers, and NGOs to discuss common themes around business and sustainability. 

Also, the initiative identifies alumni working in this space to build a community and connect students with professionals focused on the business of sustainability. 

There are several areas related to sustainability where businesses can play an important role. This is why the Business of Sustainability initiative brings together different areas of Georgetown McDonough — marketing, finance, real estate, finance, entrepreneurship, and more — to tackle these critical issues.

Georgetown McDonough Alumni Reunite in Nashville for Social Events, Panel Discussions

Georgetown alumni and friends recently met in Nashville, Tennessee, to celebrate the first in-person John Carroll Weekend in three years. Throughout the weekend, alumni explored Music City through civ…

April 11th, 2022

A Bird Researcher and a Business Alumna Innovate Environmental Solutions — and Find Hope

As part of our Spirit of Georgetown storytelling series, we spotlight a faculty member and an alumna who are working to advance environmental justice and sustainability and develop scalable solutions …

April 6th, 2022

Why a Business + Science Approach to Sustainability is Critical for your Organization

Imagine a business is trying to reduce its carbon footprint. It will require experts who understand the science behind its operations and supply chain to identify how to go about making this change. C…

February 1st, 2022

MS-ESM Program Prepares Students for Careers in Sustainability and CSR

As sustainability becomes more deeply embedded in global business, an increasing number of diverse professionals are wondering how to break through. Georgetown’s new M.S. in Environment and Sustaina…

January 14th, 2022