Sustainable Business at Aquinas College
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    Sustainable Business

Why Study Sustainable Business?

Sustainable Business practices restore environmental quality, promote stable and healthy communities, and increase long-term profitability. The Aquinas Sustainable Business Degree program fosters ecological and social intelligence in all business decisions and is the first undergraduate program of its kind in Michigan and the United States.

We must come together as a planetary family to map our future based on economics, ecology, environment, ethics, empathy and education.
Peter M. Wege, Economicology founder
Regulations are signals of design failure. Everything from cars to urban centers can be designed to never pollute.
William McDonough, Sustainable Architect & Designer, Author
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Offering the first undergraduate sustainable business degree in the United States, the program has more than a decade of experience in sustainable business education.

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Graduates make outstanding professional contributions in a variety of business, non-profit and government organizations—many of which lead their industry in sustainability.

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Faculty combine business experience and strong academic credentials.

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International Perspectives in Sustainable Business, with its field component in Costa Rica, o‹ffers students a first-hand opportunity to explore sustainable business in other countries.

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Curriculum connects world-changing thinking with traditional business skills and understanding of the natural world.

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Students receive practical sustainable business experience through specialized student internship opportunities.

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The Steelcase and Wege Foundations and other donors provided more than $1.8 million to launch the program.

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The Sustainable Business Innovations Lab, one of the required courses, trains students in design-thinking and innovation skills while solving real-world challenges.

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Strong business and philanthropic support for the program continues to offer designated scholarships for traditional and continuing education students.

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Students engage with campus and West Michigan sustainability e‹fforts—making a difference close to home.

Graduate Outcomes

man sitting in chair John DeAngelis, a 2013 Sustainable Business grad, turned an internship at Steelcase into a job as Energy Program Manager. DeAngelis manages electricity and natural gas sourcing for Steelcase facilities and is responsible for legislative engagement on energy policy in the state of Michigan. “Aquinas is a great place to help foster this kind of thinking,” he says. >Read More