UC San Diego Offers Innovative Executive Development Program Focused on Climate Change and Business

March 23, 2009

SAN DIEGO, March 23 /PRNewswire/ — The University of California, San Diego, a world leader in climate change research, has announced it will offer an innovative program on climate change and its impact on business. “The ROI for Going Green” will provide participants with a basic understanding of climate change, and what strategies businesses and investors can employ to increase their bottom line.

In response to the increasing interest in climate change, Scripps Institution of Oceanography has partnered with the Rady School of Management to present the second installment in an executive development series teaching business leaders basic science behind climate change, empowering them to compute the return on investment (ROI) for going green.

“By combining the management expertise here at Rady, with the science knowledge at Scripps, this program capitalizes on the strengths of both,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan. “The result is an innovative course for business leaders who want to adjust business practices to reduce waste and increase efficiency, as well as investors who are poised to profit from the changing climate.”

Climate change has become a central variable for many of today’s businesses. Senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors review risk and reward metrics in a market driven by climate change issues. Issues include evolving technologies, alternative energy solutions, sustainability initiatives, corporate branding opportunities and marketing strategies, as well as innovative investment portfolios. Beyond this, there is a new breed of executives focused on “greening” their corporate environment.

“We’ve witnessed a convergence between scientists and business people who are now working together to address the world’s environmental issues,” said Scripps Director Tony Haymet. “Scientists understand that business leaders need a return on their investments in order to commit resources. Business leaders understand that scientists need the true cost of emissions to be incorporated in the ongoing business model. This course will help businesses compute that ROI and move forward with corporate planning built on a foundation of settled science.”

Program participants will achieve basic understanding of climate change, learn to discuss climate change in social and professional conversations and formulate corporate or investor action plans.

The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego educates global leaders for innovation-driven organizations. A professional school within one of the top-ranked institutions in the U.S. for higher education and research, the Rady School offers a Full-Time MBA program, a FlexMBA program for working professionals, a Ph.D. program and undergraduate and executive education courses.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Scripps has been at the forefront of climate change research for more than 50 years, beginning with the early studies of Charles David Keeling, whose work led to the “Keeling Curve,” a history of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. More recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with former Vice President Al Gore. Much of what is referenced in the IPCC’s reports on the state of climate change research is work that is done at Scripps and many Scripps scientists participated in the award-winning IPCC process.

The National Research Council ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system.

To learn more or to register for the program, visit http://rady.ucsd.edu/exec/open/climate-change/.

SOURCE University of California, San Diego

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