• Darden's Sustainability Vision

    In 2008, Darden established its sustainability vision: to be a top ten business school for teaching and research on sustainability and a zero waste, carbon neutral enterprise by 2020. Darden has earned several rankings related to our progress in sustainability teaching and research, and we have made great progress on our goal to becoming a zero waste, carbon neutral enterprise.

    We think about sustainability in terms of how we live and how we learn, bringing together academic learning and facilities changes for sustainability whenever possible. This integrated approach creates a sustainability MBA community focused on using the power of business to create a better world. Darden students have initiated many actions related to achieving our goals, including:

    • Conducting a waste audit to identify waste mitigation opportunities. Watch this video to learn more.
    • Holding a highly popular student case competition on how to achieve zero waste First Coffee.
    • Convening the annual Business in Society Conference open to Darden and to our external communities.

    Darden students' efforts on energy efficiency and waste reduction strategies have helped us reduce our carbon footprint by 20% and waste to landfill by 59% relative to our 2007 baseline, even as our programs expand.

    Efforts small and large enhance Darden’s learning environment and engage our community. We look forward to being transparent about our progress, and sharing best practices with our academic and corporate partners.

    Erika Herz 
    Director of Intellectual Capital
    Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 
    University of Virginia Darden School of Business

    Sustainability Centers

    • Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation: This Darden Center of Excellence conducts research on innovation for sustainability.
    • Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS): ARCS is housed at Darden and is a consortium of institutions at 19 leading universities, as well as a professional society of over 200 individual scholar members. ARCS provides data and networking opportunities for corporate sustainability scholar
    • Institute for Business in Society: The Institute for Business in Society aims to be a leading global catalyst and convener of thought, information and action at the interface of business and society, and to promote the development of leaders who positively impact society through business 

    Sustainability Curriculum and Resources

    Explore the MBA section of the Darden website and you will find that Darden offers:

    For videos on Darden's sustainability curriculum, explore the links below:

    You can also learn about sustainability at Darden by following the  Sustainability at Darden Blog, the Darden Greenpod podcast and @dardensustain on Twitter.

    Visit Sustainability at UVA to see what the University of Virginia community is doing to promote a Greener Grounds.

    Sustainability Rankings

    We have been recognized for our sustainability initiatives and progress by various organizations and publications. Some of our rankings are listed below.

    • Darden was the grand prize winner of the Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curriculum. This award was for the Innovation for Sustainability academic concentration (2011).
    • The School was ranked No. 3 globally in Corporate Social Responsibility by the Financial Times (2011).
    • Darden earned the name of Top 16 Green Business School by The Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine (2011).
    • Four Darden faculty members—Greg Fairchild, Mary Margaret Frank, Ed Freeman and Mike Lenox—are winners of the prestigious Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award for sustainability teaching and research impact (2014, 2009, 2001).