Summer Short Course: Oregon Business and Sustainability, Immersion of Inquiry
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications
Posted: August 2, 2010


The Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability, in Portland State University's School of Business Administration, is pleased to announce its first summer short course:
Oregon Business and Sustainability: Immersion of Inquiry

August 16-25, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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This unique elective offering engages graduate students in a co-learning field experience by directly interacting with the region’s businesses, peers and instructors in the strategies and practices of sustainability-inspired business. The course is offered for an intensive week and half. 

  • Earn 4 graduate-level credits in 10 days. 
  • Open to students from different academic disciplines
  • Experience Portland sustainable business practices first-hand, through visits to Organically Grown Company, Burgerville, Truitt Brothers, Nike, SERA Architects, Gerding Edlen, Iberdrola, and Portland Roasting Company, and more.
  • Develop your ability to analyze through systems-based approaches.
  • Enhance your sense of inquiry into the challenges and solutions of sustainability-inspired business!

The schedule includes:

  • “Persistent Inquiry and its Role in Sustainability-Inspired Business” (first day workshop),
  • Visits to and conversations with 10-12 leading sustainability-inspired regional businesses,
  • Exploring Innovation in Nature (Saturday, August 21st)
  • Collaborative Inquiry Colloquium (final half day workshop).

Interested in participating in this unique course? Contact Jenna Burleson-Davis at or (503) 707-2060 for registration information. Registration will be capped at 25.