Master of Business Administration

MBA Track in Sustainable Business

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"A new wave of change is reshaping the business reality. Sustainability is altering the regulatory and competitive landscape, and organizations have to respond.

Today’s companies need decision-makers with the knowledge how to improve an organization’s environmental, social, and economic impact and build a competitive advantage based upon the Triple Bottom Line – Profit, People and Planet.

The MBA professional track in Sustainable Business will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to address all aspects of sustainability."

Valeria Makarova
MBA Sustainable Business Track Coordinator


BUS 537 - Sustainable Business Strategies / Green Business

What makes a business model green and profitable? Brendon Cussio, Vice President of Finance and Marketing at Solarsilicon Recycling Services, LLC, speaks about the company and explains how silicon waste can be processed and reused, instead of simply being tossed into landfills.

Brendon Cussio at the SRS facilities in Camarillo.

Catalog Description

Sustainable businesses operate across all sectors from production of conventional goods/services to developing new breakthrough technologies. Companies that incorporate environmental, health and social value into their business activities show financial success, benefit many stakeholders, and can better leverage global challenges for long-term profitability and growth.

This course explores the tremendous impact the sustainability movement is having on core business strategies and building competitive advantage.

BUS 585 - Sustainable Business Operations

This course combines an exploration of the concepts of sustainable operations management with all types of enterprises, services as well as products; and provides a practical applications exercise through use of an on-line simulation game. The on-line simulation places the student in the role of operations manager of a multi-plant organization making and executing decisions on personnel, facilities and equipment to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and profitability of the overall enterprise.

Students work in groups depicting the life cycle of specific products, Winter Term class 2012.

Catalog Description

Operations management, planning and decision-making activities within an enterprise are studied from two perspectives: first, the theory of the activities within operations management; and second, the applicability and execution within the "sustainable" enterprise. The course provides insights into the trade-offs associated with sustainable operations management decisions and introduces a variety of tools and techniques for assisting managers to make production decisions for both goods and services, implement them in a global ecological environment, and achieve triple bottom line goals for the organization.

BUS 596 - Business of Renewable Energy Technologies

Students have opportunity to see the concept of producing cost-competitive renewable energy solutions in action on a tour to eSolar power plant in Lancaster, CA.

John Larisey, Danielle Graham and Mike Poutre, the Summer Term Class, 2012.

Catalog Description

Renewable Energy Technologies are becoming more and more mainstream. Many countries around the world, including the United States, are instituting policies in support of the development of renewable energy power plants. This course aims to bring an understanding of the technologies, business opportunity, financing and regulatory aspects, and "how to put it all together".

A wide range of topics including ocean, hydroelectric, biomass and biofuels, geothermal, wind and solar technologies will be examined. The course explores the status of renewables and current government initiatives, provides a comparison of global business landscapes in support of renewable energy, and evaluates business prospects of developing alternative energy power plants in the United States and abroad.

BUS 597 - Sustainable Marketing

How does green marketing differ from conventional marketing? Students will combine the strengths of conventional marketing with the sustainability perspectives to develop a marketing campaign to educate consumers and influence their behavior.

Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO, is the course keynote guest speaker talks about the importance of building strong brand and developing relationships with local communities.

Students work in groups depicting the life cycle of specific products, Winter Term class 2012.

Catalog Description

This course is structured around strategic, functional and tactical marketing activities and decisions. The major theme of the course is how marketers can reinvent strategy and craft solutions assuming a sustainable paradigm that represents a circular use of resources, not the linear approach that leads to waste and pollution of ecosystems.

Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on how social and environmental aspects are integrated in every step and every action of the whole marketing process. The course also addresses the increasing demand for green products – environmentally-friendly, safe and beneficial for consumers. The triple bottom line framework is discussed with focus on how the sustainability concept inspires new product innovations and brings life-cycle awareness into the product design process.


Valeria Makarova

Valeria Makarova teaches marketing and management courses and leads the Sustainable Business MBA professional track. Please check Dr. Makarova's faculty profile.

Tony Steigelman

Tony Steigelman teaches a course on sustainable business operations. Please check his faculty profile and read his article on why sustainable operations management is important.

Adrian Tylim

Adrian Tylim teaches a course on business of sustainable / renewable technologies. He worked as an engineer for a leading wind energy consulting company and was involved in the modeling and simulation of NASA's Space Station's Solar Dynamic Power Module. At present, as President of All Energy Matters, Inc., he is focused on the development of solar and waste-to-energy power plants in the USA and international markets. Read his article on how to pilot sustainability at your organization.


The Dolce Foundation Inaugural Scholarship

The Dolce Foundation has partnered with the School of Management at California Lutheran University to support the development of the Sustainable Business professional track. The Foundation promotes sustainability in higher education and business practices. The Dolce Foundation recognizes that this program will deliver value to the community and our future business leaders. This scholarship will be awarded based on student academic achievement and financial need.

Please read the following requirements for eligibility:

  1. Applicants (MBA, or post-MBA certificate student) must be enrolled in the MBA Sustainable Business Professional Track (confirmed with the registrar office) and
  2. have completed at least one Sustainable Business elective course with a B or better;
  3. meets GPA requirements of a 3.0 or higher cumulative;
  4. demonstrates interest and involvement in sustainable business activities and projects (i.e., participation in local community programs or workplace projects; the Cal Lutheran campus projects or the School of Management sustainability-related events and activities);
  5. meets the Financial Aid Office requirements

The scholarship applications will be accepted from May 1st to June 30th. An eligible candidate must write a statement that addresses the 1-4 requirements (eligibility for financial aid is to be determined by the Financial Aid office).

Email your application to Dr. Valeria Makarova ( with the subject line 'Application for Scholarship'. If you are pre-selected, you will be provided with further instructions on the next step to proceed with the Financial Aid office.

The scholarship will be awarded in September.


[RE]Connections: Dress For Success

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Nordstrom Department Store, The Oaks Mall

At this event, the professional stylists at Nordstom will show students and alumni what the latest business fashion trends are and how to develop a great business wardrobe for success. Learn more.

News & Announcements

Dolce Foundation Inaugural Scholarship

The application for the Dolce Foundation Inaugural Scholarship has started. To complete an application, please visit Cal Lutheran Scholarships and log in using your MyCLU username and password. Once logged in, you may complete the general application followed by the supplemental scholarship questions for the Dolce Foundation Inaugural Scholarship. The deadline to submit an application for this scholarship is June 30, 2014. Should you have any questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Dr. Valeria Makarova at

BUS 596 / Business of Renewable Energy Technologies

Attention anyone interested in innovative technologies and students considering or specializing in Sustainable Business Professional Track! The elective course BUS 596 / Business of Renewable Energy Technologies will be offered only once in the coming 2014-15 academic year - Winter Term, 2015. We highly encourage students to register for this course in order to complete the requirements for the Sustainable Business professional track.

MBA Sustainable Business Track Partners and Supporters

Solarsilicon Recycling Services, LLC is an independently owned company with sales and service provided around the world and operations in North America and Asia. SRS is the ultimate green company: it recycles discarded and damaged silicon —remnants from the production of solar cells, waste material from computer chips, old solar cells—and cleans it up to produce new silicon at a high enough grade for the solar industry to reuse. The company is located in Ventura County, offers internship opportunities for Cal Lutheran MBA students and participates in the curriculum development.

The Dolce Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises funds from philanthropic individuals and corporations. The Dolce Foundation has partnered with the Cal Lutheran School of Management to support the development of the Sustainable Business professional track and launched the 'Cal Lutheran - The Dolce Foundation Scholarship' project.

The Clean Business Investment Summit (CBIS) is an annual event - the major product of the California Coast Venture Forum (CCVF). The Clean Business Investment Summit aligns the power of capital to bring together cutting-edge entrepreneurs and investors looking for dynamic opportunities in green, sustainable business with powerful entrepreneurs' presentations and an outstanding lineup of speakers exploring critical facets in sustainability, business growth strategies and investment opportunities

Agromin is a pioneer in the sustainable management of biodegradable resources. The company is dedicated to the enhancement of business, our society and the environment through innovation along each turn of the recycling loop. Each year, almost 380,000 tons of recycled organic material is converted into rich living compost, mulch and other premium soil products for area farmers, landscapers and gardeners. Resulting from this process of sustainably renewing our soil resources, the business contributes to water conservation, prevention of soil depletion, reduction in GHG emissions. The company is located in Ventura County; provides internship opportunities for the Cal Lutheran students, guest speakers and site visitations.

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