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The Krannert School of Management MBA and MS Programs faculty and students are finding new and innovative ways of living sustainably. Through research, conferences, professional organizations, expert speakers and more we are difference makers in an effort to live more responsibly. 

Sustainability is also a way of life for the entire Purdue campus. Committed to finding new opportunities for the community, the Purdue Sustainability Strategic Plan covers four main areas -

  • Events happening on campus
  • Learning and research initiatives
  • Connecting students, faculty, staff, and community/corporate partners
  • Changing personal and institutional practices to become more sustainable

Student Influence
Men Handskaing by Hybrid Electronic Bus on Purdue CampusThe Purdue Net Impact professional club leads Krannert student efforts to “magnify your impact.” Net Impact is a 30,000 international member organization with new-generational leaders who are committed to using the power of business to improve the world we live within. Net Impact members believe that business can both earn a profit and create positive social change. Throughout the year, the organization is involved with many efforts such as Mt. Trashmore, voting registration, Lafayette Pride Festival, business book drive, highway cleanup, and sustainable wine night. Net Impact led efforts in 2013 to qualify Rawls Hall for Leed Certification, the first existing building on Purdue’s campus to receive this distinction.

Photo of Jessica Rush, MBA Student“Sustainability isn’t just about recycling. That is such a small piece. My mission is how to get someone to start thinking how throwing a water bottle in the trash affects their community. Teaching others that children who live closer to landfills have higher cases of asthma and brain damage, etc. Sustainability involves the environmental, social, ethics, and governance of us all.”

Jessica Rush
MBA 2013, Co-President, Purdue Net Impact

Faculty Influence

Krannert faculty are world-renown academic leaders who collaborate across campus making a difference beyond our community. Faculty know sustainability is key to increasing profits, growth, and value in any business. They are news makers whether discussing sustainable and socially responsible operations, sustainability and the supply chain, or how students get real-world experience and sometimes jobs.

Picture of Two Students Recycling at a Men's Basketball Game

Experimental learning is essential to real-world experiences in business. The Sustainable Manufacturing – Message in a Bottle case study was an orientation experience for first-year students in fall 2012. These experiences help to make knowledge real and sustainability part of our curriculum, from the beginning.

The Global Supply Chain Management Initiative (GSCMI) Conference brings together industry leaders, faculty, and students as they discuss challenges of today and tomorrow, set goals for new opportunities for businesses to integrate and improve regarding sustainability and supply chains. The conference involves distinguished academic presentations, corporate speakers, panel discussions and student poster competitions/case competitions.