UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
SEMBA STUDENTS LEARN TEAM-BUILDING SKILLS AT A ROPES COURSE NEAR CAMPUS.
A PROUD HISTORY AND A BRIGHT FUTURE Sustainable Business Magazine talks to William Cats-Baril, Associate Professor for Information and Decision Sciences in the School of Business and former Director of SEMBA, and Gioia Thompson, Director of the Office of Sustainability, about the University of Vermont’s SEMBA program and campus sustainability. Written by George Harris. Nestled in the leafy city of Burlington, the University of Vermont stands as a beacon of environmental innovation. The state of Vermont, traditionally an agriculture and dairy farming state, has done much to preserve its attractive countryside. Burlington boasts about being the first American city to meet its residents’ electricity needs 52 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
entirely with renewable energy. “Vermont is a state that is very progressive, a state that is extremely environmentally oriented, both by philosophy and economic imperative,” explains William Cats-Baril, Associate Professor for Information and Decision Sciences in the School of Business. It is this philosophy that drives the University of Vermont
(UVM) to be a sustainability and environmental leader in the academic sphere. SEMBA One of the ways the school is leading is through its forward-thinking SEMBA program, an MBA in which every aspect of the degree is related to sustainability.