Business is under pressure to address the need for a more sustainable economy. Reflecting this need, UTS has developed a new approach to business education which aims to integrate sustainability as a key theme across its teaching and research.
UTS Business School understands sustainability as referring to the long term, to the concept that decisions made now should not impair the quality of life for future generations. They should not erode our stores of either natural or human capital. A fully sustainable business operates to maintain and restore stocks of natural resources and to improve human and societal wellbeing. UTS Business School aims to contextualise this understanding of sustainability, so that students develop the knowledge and critical thinking skills to apply to a future workplace which is increasingly shaped by resource constraints, and a corresponding need for innovation and flexibility.
A Sustainability Working Party with representatives from across UTS Business School is currently mapping our teaching offerings against sustainability, identifying different approaches that may enable students to embed sustainability in their working and personal lives. The Working Party is led by Professor Suzanne Benn, Professor of Sustainable Enterprise in UTS Business School. Numerous research projects are also underway across UTS Business School that incorporate sustainability concerns including UTS running sustainability.edu.au, a community of Australian tertiary educators aim to provide information on sustainabilitycourses in tertiary institutions in Australia and to share innovative sustainability teaching materials. A specific example is UTS' initiative to improve energy efficiency in accounting and management.
For more information, please contact:
Professor Suzanne Benn, Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Management, UTS Business School
Phone: (02) 9514 3621