Tom's courses are for students interested in the relationship of our social institutions (businesses, non-profits, municipalities and academia) to the concept of sustainability. These are not courses about theory, but ways that the concept of sustainability can be operationalized. In short, these are courses about doing something in the real world.
Though these classes are not solely about society's growing interest in business (both from a social and environmental perspective), it is clear that business plays a central role in our progress (or our lack of progress) toward sustainability. As one of, if not THE, dominant social institutions of our time, businesses have the financial resources, the technology, the know-how, and the global reach to make a difference. Without the involvement of the business community in reshaping how we think about our individual and collective responsibility to the earth and future generations, our chances of successfully navigating the waters ahead are slim.
Tom's classes bring students together from across campus to share perspectives on the road ahead. They are organized to give students better insights into how sustainable development can be a part of most decisions that are made, whether at the individual lifestyle level or at the organizational level.
In the journey toward sustainability, the concept of connectedness is critical. This journey can be frustrating. So much needs to be done that the challenge can be overwhelming. Tom's classes are meant to be prepare students to make a difference in the institution(s) that they ultimately become a part of.
Tom's sustainability courses include:
- Systems Thinking & Sustainability (Env Studies 402, Bus 601), 1999 - present
- People, Environment & Sustainability (Env Studies 402, Bus 600), 1994 - present
- Business & the Social Side of Sustainability (Env Studies 400, Bus 699), 2008 – 2010
- Sustainability & Entrepreneurship (Env Studies 999, BUS 765), 2009 - 2014
- Ethics, Values, and Sustainability (BUS 711), 2004 - 2008
- Professional Masters Courses
- Business Sustainability (taught as part of the Kohl's Corporation Executive MBA Program), 2013
- Sustainability (taught as part of the Regal Beloit Executive MBA Program), 2014