Ryan Fitzgerald CASSE 2011

Ryan Fitzgerald

After Ryan Fitzgerald took his first class for the Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE) at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in spring 2010, he left with an internship under his belt and a full-time position with e2e Materials following graduation.


Certificate and Courses

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Syracuse University's L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS) partners with the SEP to develop and deliver curricula on sustainable enterprise. Our approach integrates business, science, engineering, policy, and practice, and emphasizes transdisciplinary faculty and student collaboration.

Students from SUNY-ESF and a number of SU's schools and colleges, including the Whitman School, LCS, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Architecture are enrolled in our courses.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE)

CASSE graduates

Businesses and other organizations are keenly aware of the significant risks and potential benefits associated with environmental and social challenges. Thus, there is great demand for professionals who are skilled in sustainability issues and understand the economic, environmental, technical, and social dilemmas presented by phenomena such as climate change, volatile energy prices, and explosive growth in developing economies. The Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE) was developed to meet this need.

Admission to the program is available to all matriculated graduate students at Syracuse Universityand SUNY-ESF. CASSE candidates are required to complete three core courses and two electives. The core courses, described below, are designed to be relevant and accessible to a wide range of disciplines. Students articulate a rationale to support the selection of electives.

CASSE Executive Summary
CASSE Program Specifics

Graduate Courses

BUA/ECS/FOR 650: Managing Sustainability: Purpose, Principles, and Practice examines the complexity, interdependence, and dynamics of economic, social, and environmental systems through exploration of sustainability science, analysis, standards, tools, indicators, and drivers.

  • BUA/ECS/FOR 650 is offered as an elective, without prerequisites, to all SU and SUNY-ESF graduate students.

BUA/ECS 651: Strategic Management and the Natural Environment explores sustainability from the perspective of enterprise managers, focusing on links between environmental issues and business strategies. Prerequisite: BUA/ECS/FOR 650.

BUA/ECS/FOR 759: Sustainability-Driven Enterprise integrates core and elective course content, emphasizing synthesis and application, including completion of a comprehensive, transdisciplinary consulting project. Prerequisites: BUA/ECS/FOR 650 and BUA/ECS 651.

Undergraduate Course

LPP/SHR/EST 450: Sustainable Enterprise explores the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainability, the influences on firms to adopt sustainable approaches, tools to promote sustainable business practice, and relevant production and consumption patterns.

Co-Curricular Activities

SU/ESF Net Impact Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with more than 15,000 members and chapters at 120+ graduate schools. Net Impact's mission is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. The SU/SUNY-ESF chapter's website is www.su-esf-ni.com.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Founded in 1975, SIFE is a global non-profit organization with more than 1,600 participating colleges and universities in 40 countries and territories that helps students develop communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise on their campuses, in their communities, and beyond. SU SIFE's projects include a community empowerment and fair trade initiative in Guatemala, and a partnership with SUNY-ESF to build and monitor an anaerobic digester for dining hall waste. For more information, visit http://susife.org/.