Mission

Mission

Despite an impressive rise in global living standards since World War II, the scientific consensus is that humankind is on an unsustainable course. Why? Because much of this economic growth has come at the expense of the natural and social systems vital to human survival and flourishing. Our mission is to help train the next generation of sustainability-minded “stakeholder capitalists” and empower other educational institutions to do the same, through a unique program of research, pedagogical innovation, hands-on entrepreneurship and experiential learning that focuses as much on solutions as it does on problems.

We are the first US university to join the TNFD Forum, a global multi-disciplinary consultative group of institutions. Recent research finds that more than half of the world’s economic output — US$44 trillion of economic value generation — is moderately or highly dependent on nature. The Taskforce for Nature related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) was set up to help organizations to report and act on evolving nature-related issues, to help redirect global financial flows away from nature-negative outcomes toward nature-positive outcomes.

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