Walker College sustainable business director organizes AASHE colloquium on business education

Walker College Sustainable Business Director Jim Westerman has organized a Colloquium on Business Education in conjunction with the 2016 Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference & Expo.

The colloquium, the first academic discipline specific in the history of AASHE, is scheduled for October 9, 2016, and is part of the three-day event that will bring together campus sustainability leaders for learning and growth opportunities in Baltimore, MD.

Westerman's colloquium will highlight the role business plays in confronting the world's environmental and societal challenges and how business programs in higher education must assist in transforming organizations and creating the needed human capital to enable success.

Westerman will deliver opening comments entitled How to Move Sustainability into the B-School, then attendees will hear from Duke University's Daniel Vermeer on An Exploration of Sustainable Business Measurement and Performance Criteria; University of Michigan's Andrew Hoffman on Moving from Enterprise Integration to Market Transformation and the Necessary Changes in the Business System; and Giselle Weybrecht from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation will speak about The Business School and MBA of the Future – What is the Role of Sustainability. Participants will also hear from Wake Forest University's Dan Fogel on How to Move Sustainability into the B-SchoolNorth Carolina State University's Jessica Thomas on Curriculum Development, Cross-campus Collaboration, and Industry Engagement: Success in a B-School Environment; and Skidmore College's Catherine Hill on A Case Example for B-Schools: Energy and Economic Opportunity in Modernizing the Grid

"I hope attendees will leave with strategies to create lasting structural and institutional change in their institution," said Westerman.  "We will discuss sustainable business best practices and strategies not only to develop sustainable business curriculum, but also to more effectively and collaboratively advance sustainable business education."

Westerman explained that organizations such as AASHE and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) could be strong allies to educating and motivating business students to become sustainably-minded leaders. 

The Walker College of Business maintains accreditation of its business programs from AACSB.

The colloquium is for registered attendees of the conference who are interested in changing business higher education (professors, administrators, community leaders and business practitioners).  There is an additional registration and fee to participate.


The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization that empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables its nearly 1,000 members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods and a better world for all generations.

Walker College Sustainable Business Director organizes AASHE Colloquium on Business Education
Published: Jul 26, 2016 11:11am