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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : May/Jun 2004 : Special Section

Special Section

A Student's Perspective
Sustainability on a Large Scale

By Heidi Rahn, Schulich School of Business, York University

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A fter spending five years as an environmental consultant, I wanted to enhance my ability to implement large-scale
sustainable business practices. I determined that an MBA would allow me to gain the skills required to initiate and implement these programs. Five months into the program, the decision to attend Schulich has already changed my life and career prospects.

Schulich is providing me with the opportunity to learn, teach, research, lead and consult on the issues I feel passionate about. I joined York Sustainable Enterprise Consultants, a new consulting group created by students and advised by Professor David Wheeler, the Erivan Haub Chair in Business and Sustainability. I am also a research assistant in the Business Ethics Program. These positions enable me to be involved in cutting-edge sustainability research and implementation initiatives.

During the first week of school, I attended a Net Impact meeting only to find that the room was full. This demonstration of student involvement stands out as one of my best memories so far as it reinforced my decision to attend Schulich, and encouraged me to become the club’s co-chapter leader. As students, our experiences, passions and career goals demonstrate our potential to really make a difference. We learn together through consulting, speaking engagements, team projects, community activities and a strong social network.

I plan to use my skills to create a more sustainable business community and society. In whatever direction I head, I will carry with me my experiences from Schulich and the enthusiasm and commitment of those I meet along the path.


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