At BGI, we pride ourselves on preparing sustainable business leaders to create the next generation of triple-bottom-line businesses. Part of that effort involves walking-the-walk: that means running BGI as its own sustainable organization. Of course, we have electricity bills, trash cans and a few thousand pieces of marketing collateral. But we also recognize that our footprint does not stop at the entrance to our Seattle office. Our students have laptops and cars, and 40% of our Hybrid MBA students fly in from around the country once a month to study on Bainbridge Island. That’s why we even include the footprint of our entire student body’s travel when accounting for our impact on the environment.
Year after year, we respond to our environmental impact by voluntarily purchasing carbon offsets to bring us as close to carbon neutral as possible. We are proud to proclaim 2012 another successful year for offsetting the carbon footprint of our entire business school. Thanks to help from partner organizations like the Solar Electric Light Fund, our offsets provide energy solutions and address poverty issues for people in developing countries. You can read more about SELF on their website.
We recognize that sustainability professionals consume their fair share of carbon today in the name of a carbon-neutral tomorrow. At Bainbridge Graduate Institute, we’re continually doing our best to promote sustainable business for the future, all while running one of our own today.