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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2014. Climate Change Education: Preparing Future and Current Business Leaders: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18813.
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CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION

Preparing Future and Current Business Leaders

A WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Martin Storksdieck, Rapporteur

Steering Committee on Climate Change Education to
Prepare Future and Current Business Leaders

Board on Science Education

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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STEERING COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION TO PREPARE FUTURE AND CURRENT BUSINESS LEADERS

JANET PEACE (Chair), Markets and Business Strategy, C2ES

STEFAN HECK, Sustainability, McKinsey & Company

ANDY HOFFMAN, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

MARK PROEGLER, Climate and Transport Energy Policy, British Petroleum

BRUCE SCHLEIN, Corporate Sustainability, Citigroup

ANANT SUNDARAM, Business Administration, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

RICHARD VIETOR, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration

SHERRIE FORREST, Study Director (until July 2012)

CLAUDIA MENGELT, Study Director (since August 2012)

MARTIN STORKSDIECK, Director, Board on Science Education

ANTHONY BROWN, Senior Program Assistant (until August 2013)

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BOARD ON SCIENCE EDUCATION

HELEN QUINN (Chair), Emerita, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University

GEORGE BOGGS, Emeritus, Palomar College and American Association of Community Colleges

MELANIE COOPER, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University

RODOLFO DIRZO, Department of Biology, Stanford University

JACQUELYNNE ECCLES, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

JOSEPH FRANCISCO, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University

MARGARET HONEY, New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York

SUSAN W. KIEFFER, Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

MATTHEW KREHBIEL, Kansas State Department of Education

MICHAEL LACH, Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago

LYNN LIBEN, Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

BRIAN REISER, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

SUZANNE WILSON, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

MARSHALL “MIKE” SMITH, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

ROBERTA TANNER, Retired Physics Teacher, Thompson School District, Loveland, Colorado

YU XIE, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan

MARTIN STORKSDIECK, Director

HEIDI A. SCHWEINGRUBER, Deputy Director

MICHAEL A. FEDER, Senior Program Officer

MARGARET HILTON, Senior Program Officer

NATALIE NIELSEN, Senior Program Officer

REBECCA KRONE, Program Associate

KELLY ARRINGTON, Senior Program Assistant

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Acknowledgments

This workshop summary is based on discussions at a workshop on climate change education for future business leaders, convened on March 14, 2013, by the Board on Science Education of the National Research Council (NRC). The purpose of the workshop was to explore the role that business schools could and should play in preparing future corporate leaders for the challenges and opportunities that climate change will pose. I would like to thank my colleagues who served on the steering committee, each of whom brought deep and varied expertise to the process of planning the workshop. The members of the steering committee developed the agenda, identified and selected presenters and paper authors, and facilitated discussion throughout the workshop. Although they did not participate in writing this report, this summary reflects the insightful comments of the steering committee members, presenters, and many of the workshop participants.

The workshop was generously supported by the National Science Foundation as part of the NRC Roundtable on Climate Change Education, and the Chevron Services Company.

This report has been prepared by the workshop rapporteur as a factual summary of what occurred at the workshop. The planning committee’s role was limited to planning and convening the workshop. The views contained in the report are those of individual workshop participants and do not necessarily represent the views of all workshop participants, the planning committee, or NRC.

This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Com-

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mittee of NRC. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. David E. Blockstein, Executive Secretary, Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, and Senior Scientist, National Council for Science and the Environment; Jim Geringer, Director, Esri, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Eugenie C. Scott, Chair of the Advisory Council, National Center for Science Education, Oakland, California; and I were chosen to review the draft report, and I would like to thank my colleagues for volunteering their time to conduct the review in a timely fashion.

Although we as reviewers provided many constructive comments and suggestions, we were not asked to endorse the content of the report nor did we see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Cary I. Sneider, Associate Research Professor at the Center for Science Education, Portland State University. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the author and the institution.

I am grateful for the leadership and support of Martin Storksdieck, director of the Board on Science Education and the Roundtable on Climate Change Education, who also served as the rapporteur for this report. I would like to thank Sherrie Forrest, program officer for the Disasters Roundtable, and Claudia Mengelt, senior program officer for the Ocean Studies Board, for their support in planning and organizing the workshop. Anthony Brown, senior program assistant for the Board on Science Education, deserves our thanks for his invaluable logistical support throughout the project, and Stacee Karras, research associate for the Ocean Studies Board, for her research support. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the support of the Executive Office and the Reports and Communications Office of the NRC Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Through their efforts we were able to bring together a diverse group of presenters and participants who shared their experiences and expertise at this workshop. The insights that we gained are summarized in this report. Finally, I would like to extend a special thanks to the speakers and participants whose insightful contributions to the issue of climate change education have been recorded in this workshop summary.

Janet Peace, Chair
Steering Committee on Climate Change Education to
Prepare Future and Current Business Leaders

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Climate change poses challenges as well as opportunities for businesses and, broadly speaking for the entire economy. Businesses will be challenged to provide services or products with less harmful influence on the climate; respond to a changing policy, regulatory, and market environment; and provide new services and products to help address the challenges of a changing climate. Many businesses are beginning to see climate change as another context within which they need to consider their core functions of strategy, finance, operations, marketing, and their regulatory environments, a context that poses both risks and opportunities.

Climate Change Education: Preparing Current and Future Business Leaders is the summary of a workshop hosted by the National Research Council's Board on Science Education in March 2013 to explore issues associated with teaching climate change-related topics in business schools. The workshop focused on major gaps in understanding of climate and sustainability education in postsecondary professional schools of business. The workshop also connected the topic of climate education for current and future business leaders with a broader discussion on climate change education and how they influence and can benefit each other. This report discusses the role that business schools could play in preparing future corporate leaders for the challenges and opportunities that climate change poses.

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