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Accelerating progress in social and environmental sustainability


A key to success in sustainability is collaboration and partnership. Covering all industries and functions, we all need to collaborate in the pursuit of the triple bottom line and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. As we continue to engage with students across campus to achieve our mission, we are pleased to share how we are collaborating from Fordham to Franklin Street.

The Undergraduate Business Program added a new prerequisite course for undergraduate students applying to Kenan-Flagler Business School. The course is organized using some important tenets of sustainability: People, Planet, Profit and Purpose.


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The Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability (ACES) expands our 20+ years of sustainability coursework for MBA students as Sustainable Enterprise becomes a full concentration.

LIFT challenges undergraduate and graduate student teams to create blended finance and impact investing strategies for sustainability solutions that will drive social equity and economic mobility. But what is blended finance?

As students return to Chapel Hill for the 2022-23 academic year, the ACES team (faculty, staff and our amazing summer interns) has been hard at work planning so that we can support the growing interest of Carolina’s undergraduates in sustainable business.

Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability (ACES) faculty director Dr. Olga Hawn received a full-time MBA All Stars Teaching Award for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School has received an estate gift valued at $11 million from the late Charles S. Ackerman (BSBA ’55).

A group of 24 undergraduate business students trekked to Montréal, Québec over spring break for a Global Immersion Elective (GIE) to study sustainability and business with Jeff Mittelstadt.

Exciting news--undergraduate professor and CSE executive director Jeff Mittelstadt has received the 2021-22 Student Undergraduate Teaching Award.

UNC-Chapel Hill student athletes have partnered with the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) to create the Student Athlete Sustainability Initiative.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the LIFT Challenge sponsored by Bank of America! We had 45 student teams indicate their interest in the challenge, 13 were considered in the first round and we had 8 team compete in the finals on February 4-5, 2022.