How to Get Involved

The Business and Environment Initiative (BEI) was founded in 2010 to serve as a hub for environmentally focused research, teaching, and discourse. By connecting world-class faculty, students, alumni, and practitioners, BEI works to deepen understanding of the environmental challenges confronting business leaders—and to inspire new ideas and practical, effective solutions that will benefit managers everywhere.

Climate change is one of the most significant and complex challenges facing business and society. We welcome your involvement as HBS takes on this challenge. Sign up to participate in any of the activities below by writing to bei@hbs.edu. Follow us on Twitter [@HBSBEI].

Alumni Update

Subscribe for our alumni newsletter—published three to four times per year—to stay up-to-date on faculty, alumni, and student research and activities confronting climate change.

Alumni Receptions

Host an alumni reception in your city. BEI has been hosting alumni events—most recently in San Francisco, New York, and Boston. Let us know if you would like to attend or help us organize an event in your city.

Casebook

Receive environment-related teaching cases for free. Many cases are available from BEI at no charge. Write to us to request a copy.

Independent Projects

Work with a student on an independent project. Your organization can post options for independent projects that provide second-year MBA students with the opportunity to apply their skills to real-world challenges while they earn academic credit.

Making a “Green” Transition

Take advantage of alumni career coaching resources at HBS.If you’re interested in launching a career transition into green business or other environmental leadership role, HBS alumni resources can help you through career coaching, the alumni resume database, board membership opportunities, and more.

Student-Alumni Mentorship Program

Mentor an MBA student. Help guide HBS student(s) toward a career that addresses environmental risks and opportunities.Our Mentorship Program matches students with alumni based on shared interests and professional background and is tailored to fit a busy schedule.

Student Summer Internships

Hire a student for a summer internship. Consider hiring an MBA student as a summer intern. HBS can help to cover the costs.

EVENTS

Conferences

Environmental Challenges and Solutions in the Food Sector (pdf)
The alumni conference took place March 11-12, 2015.

Innovation in Electricity: Challenges and Opportunities (pdf)
The alumni conference took place April 11-12, 2013.

Investing in Cities of the 21st Century (pdf)
The alumni conference took place March 3-4, 2011.

Receptions

Energy Happy Hour in San Francisco
The alumni conference took place July 13, 2017.

Energy Happy Hour in New York
The alumni conference took place July 20, 2017.

Energy Happy Hour in West Palm
The alumni conference took place July 27, 2017.

Reunion Programs

HBS reunions often feature environmental content, so come back to campus or access presentations such as these online:

Sustainable Capitalism: An Oxymoron?
Rebecca M. Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor

Is "Good Governance" Good for Companies?
Joseph L. Bower, Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus; Lynn S. Paine, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration

Rethinking Nuclear: How Can We Change the World’s Cumulative Carbon Emissions Soon Enough?
Joseph B. Lassiter, Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management, Emeritus; Ray Rothrock (MBA 1988), Partner Emeritus, Venrock; Chairman and CEO, RedSeal

Urbanization and the Future of China
Meg Rithmire, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Hellman Faculty Fellow