Darden Announces Sustainability Alliance


The Darden School of Business announced a partnership with other top business schools which forms the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS).

The announcement was made today during Darden’s Third Annual Renewable Energy and Sustainability Forum. Prof. Mike Lenox, executive director of the Batten Institute, shared the news of the new organization this afternoon. Lenox will serve as the faculty director of ARCS and as the head of its board.

“ARCS is a consortium of schools and institutes at leading universities with a mission of advancing rigorous academic research on corporate sustainability issues,” said Darden’s Dean Bob Bruner.
Along with Darden, members include the business schools at Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Indiana, Michigan, Penn, Yale and Western Ontario.

“ARCS will provide data, tools and networking opportunities to researchers who are developing greater understanding of the opportunities and limits of policies and strategies to create sustainable businesses,” said Bruner.

The organization will sponsor events such as an annual research conference, an annual doctoral student academy and various workshops and retreats. For example, Darden will host a January 2010 workshop on metrics for corporate sustainability in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

In addition to the role Lenox will play in ARCS, Darden’s Manager of Sustainability Programs Erika Herz will serve as the managing director of the organization.

“I’m proud that Darden is involved in this important new alliance,” said Bruner. “I’m also pleased that Darden will serve as its home.”

Founded in 1955, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business improves society by developing leaders in the world of practical affairs.

For more information, contact communication@darden.virginia.edu.

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