John L. Cusack Teaching the “Finance for Sustainable Business” Course at the Bard College MBA in Sustainability Program

Based upon his prior experience teaching sustainable finance courses at the Hagan School of Business of Iona College in New Rochelle New York, and for the MBA in Sustainable Management Program at Marylhurst University in Portland Oregon, Mr. John Cusack has been ask to develop and teach a new “Finance of Sustainable Businesses” course as part of the rapidly-growing “MBA in Sustainability’ offered by Bard College in a weekend residence program at its facilities in New York City.

The main part of the course as taught by John Cusack focuses on having students develop an understanding of how broad a subject finance is, and how sustainability issues affect almost every part of the financial sector and finance in general, and how these issues will be increasingly financially-material, how sustainability issues will affect your business and investment decision-making processes in the near- and long-term.  The course is also meant to develop an understanding of how to translate sustainable business issues into language that financial people can understand, and vice versa, enable students to appreciate how sustainability risk management and financial risk management are converging, and how sustainable finance innovation can be used to identify new business and investment opportunities as well as to better manage sustainable business risks.

The final section of the course will be taught by Rick Stuckey, a former investmen banker, who will teach cases studies on CO2/Climate Change, Food Waste, and  Solar Energy issues, and a review of the liability risk management related to Leverage, Securitization and the 2008 Financial Crisis and the previous financial crisi surrounding Long Term Capital Management, both of which Rick was deeply involved in as an investment banker at CitiGroup.

The course’s definition of sustainability is ” integrating sustainability issues into all the decision-making processes of an organization.”

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