Sustainability is good for the environment—and business

We envision a time when people and the planet will be considered alongside profit at the front end of every business decision made by our students.

If your passion includes sustainability, your Tippie coursework will often weave sustainability issues throughout your studies. Both our undergraduate and graduate programs offer courses that focus on addressing global challenges to business, society, and the environment. Undergraduates can enroll in courses that lead to a Certificate in Sustainability.

Certificate in Sustainability

Take 24 semester hours in courses such as Introduction to Sustainability, Sustainable Product Design, and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and you’ll graduate with a Certificate in Sustainability. There are growing employment opportunities for those with sustainability backgrounds. Completing the certificate will help you stand out to future employers.

Implementing sustainability

Want hands-on practice in sustainability outside of the classroom? Join a student organization, participate in a case competition, or enroll in an internship. 

  • The American Marketing Association hosts a real-world marketing case competition surrounding the topic of sustainability research in business. Teams from universities all over the Midwest compete during this intense two-day event for a $1,250 grand prize. 

  • During the Frontier Co-op – Tippie Impact Competition, students develop their own sustainable business model and learn how sustainability impacts long-term profitability and viability of a business.

  • If you’re in one of our MBA programs, Graduate Net Impact is an organization that will encourage you to use your skills to implement social, economic, and environmental sustainable projects throughout your career.

  • Net Impact UIowa is an undergraduate organization that will inspire you, educate you, and equip you to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

  • Tippie Community Collective is a service organization open to all undergraduates. You’ll help better the communities around you while at Tippie and create opportunities for all those in need of a helping hand.

Three people discussing sustainability

Share, discover, and discuss corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability resources with a global community.

PBB behind flowers

Assistant Professor Xun Zhou researches how population affects environments and how policy makers can make a change for the better. 

Sophia Finster, marketing student

Sophia Finster was inspired to put her love for dance, marketing, and sustainability together to create her perfect college experience

Through the Undergraduate Business Sustainability Internship Program, you’ll develop problem-solving, management, analytics, reporting, and marketing skills in a project focused on sustainability. Contact Sara Maples for more information.