UC San Diego Offers Innovative Executive Development Program Focused on Climate Change...

Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:11pm EDT

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UC San Diego Offers Innovative Executive Development Program Focused on
Climate Change and Business

SAN DIEGO, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of California, San Diego, a
world leader in climate change research, has announced it will offer an
innovative program on climate change and its impact on business. "The ROI for
Going Green" will provide participants with a basic understanding of climate
change, and what strategies businesses and investors can employ to increase
their bottom line.  

In response to the increasing interest in climate change, Scripps Institution
of Oceanography has partnered with the Rady School of Management to present
the second installment in an executive development series teaching business
leaders basic science behind climate change, empowering them to compute the
return on investment (ROI) for going green.    

"By combining the management expertise here at Rady, with the science
knowledge at Scripps, this program capitalizes on the strengths of both," said
Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan. "The result is an innovative course for
business leaders who want to adjust business practices to reduce waste and
increase efficiency, as well as investors who are poised to profit from the
changing climate."

Climate change has become a central variable for many of today's businesses.
Senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors review risk and reward metrics
in a market driven by climate change issues. Issues include evolving
technologies, alternative energy solutions, sustainability initiatives,
corporate branding opportunities and marketing strategies, as well as
innovative investment portfolios. Beyond this, there is a new breed of
executives focused on "greening" their corporate environment. 

"We've witnessed a convergence between scientists and business people who are
now working together to address the world's environmental issues," said
Scripps Director Tony Haymet. "Scientists understand that business leaders
need a return on their investments in order to commit resources. Business
leaders understand that scientists need the true cost of emissions to be
incorporated in the ongoing business model. This course will help businesses
compute that ROI and move forward with corporate planning built on a
foundation of settled science."

Program participants will achieve basic understanding of climate change, learn
to discuss climate change in social and professional conversations and
formulate corporate or investor action plans.

The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego educates global leaders for
innovation-driven organizations. A professional school within one of the
top-ranked institutions in the U.S. for higher education and research, the
Rady School offers a Full-Time MBA program, a FlexMBA program for working
professionals, a Ph.D. program and undergraduate and executive education
courses. 

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego,
is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science
research and education in the world. Scripps has been at the forefront of
climate change research for more than 50 years, beginning with the early
studies of Charles David Keeling, whose work led to the "Keeling Curve," a
history of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.  More recently, the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) won the 2007 Nobel Peace
Prize along with former Vice President Al Gore.  Much of what is referenced in
the IPCC's reports on the state of climate change research is work that is
done at Scripps and many Scripps scientists participated in the award-winning
IPCC process.

The National Research Council ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among
oceanography programs nationwide. Now in its second century of discovery, the
scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical,
chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a
system. 

To learn more or to register for the program, visit
http://rady.ucsd.edu/exec/open/climate-change/.



SOURCE  University of California, San Diego

Keri Peckham of Rady School of Management, +1-858-534-0855, kpeckham@ucsd.edu,
or Shannon Casey of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, +1-858-822-5617,
smcasey@ucsd.edu, both of University of California, San Diego
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