HBS Panel Talks Role of MBAs in Climate Action

first_img RelatedAre Business Schools Equipped to Handle Climate Change?The United Nations’ panel on climate change issued an alarming warning earlier this month. In order to avoid worsening events such as increasingly deadly storms and heat, the extinction of coral, and ever rising sea levels, member nations must act fast. Global leaders of business must pay particular attention to…October 23, 2018In “Featured Home”10 Coolest MBA Clubs in PhiladelphiaIf you’re looking to enhance your MBA experience as well as to gain priceless networking opportunities, membership in a student club could be the best choice for you. Schools in the Philly metro have a host of organizations for every interest. St. Joseph’s University (Haub) St. Joseph University’s Haub School…March 8, 2016In “Featured Region”McDonough Professor Teaches Course on Water PolicyMark Giordano led a group of MBA Evening Program students from the McDonough School of Business in an Intensive Learning Course (ILE) that explored the private sector’s relationship with water policy. “When a lot of people talk about what to do about the global water crisis,  they often talk about…October 24, 2014In “Featured Home” An established panel of faculty, staff and numerous other experts recently convened for the Harvard Business School Business & Environment Initiative to “discuss the role of business schools and MBA students in climate action.”The panel consisted of Professor Rebecca Henderson, Lecturer John Macomber, Oasys Water President and CEO James Matheson (MBA ’01), National Grid Lead Program Manager Smriti Mishra (MBA ’12), and student sustainability associate David Chan (MBA ’18). Macomber advised students interested in pursuing leadership positions in the battle for climate action to explore “project finance as a strategy for generating operating yield” as a way to address three unwieldy trends: massive urbanization, resource scarcity and government’s inability to address them. In other words, MBAs can play an important role in privately financing infrastructure.Piggy-backing on the major environmental issues Macomber mentioned, Matheson framed them as “opportunities rather than challenges.” He stressed the importance of connectivity and community in working to address these issues. “If you’re doing it by yourself, it’s too chaotic, and you’re stabbing at windmills, and you get tired. You’ve got to do it together.”Henderson believes more and more business leaders are voicing their environmental concerns partially in response to the current administration’s denial of climate change. Mishra says, “When [it’s] is hard to be the voice in the room that’s reminding people of [a holistic perspective], just keep being that person. Because you have the credibility. You have the ability to make a difference.”You can watch the full panel discussion video here. About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer regions: Bostoncenter_img Last Updated Apr 7, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail HBS Panel Talks Role of MBAs in Climate Actionlast_img