Sustainability comes to the forefront at MCCB

Hugh Scott
Hugh Scott, lecturer in management, leads the sustainability initiatives in the Mike Cottrell College of Business.

Hugh Scott, a management lecturer at the University of North Georgia, will be presenting at the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network Annual Conference on October 27 at Georgia Southern University.

Scott has never attended the conference but found out about it while searching online. He submitted a proposal with two people from his professional network, DeAnn Hargis, director of supply chain at Convergent, and Scott Sadler, president and chief investment officer of Boardwalk Capital Management. Their presentation is entitled “Leveraging Professional Networks to Advance Sustainability Learning.”

Sustainability is an increasingly popular topic in the world today and is “an especially interesting topic in business,” Scott said.

Many in the UNG community see a need to engage students as well as faculty in this discussion. In addition to the creation of a new UNG Faculty/Staff Sustainability Committee, a new student club is also being formed.

The sustainability club is new to the Dahlonega campus in Fall 2017. This club works directly with the Green Chamber of the South which aims to bring together “businesses and organizations across the Southeast to promote the growth, innovation and success of sustainability.” Students who join will learn more about sustainability, help UNG grow in its sustainability efforts and make more connections in the community.

Hopefully, the club will help “get students to look at sustainability in a rigorous way,” Scott said.

Scott is also working to create a course on sustainability for the Mike Cottrell College of Business, as he currently teaches on the topic in his Seminar in Management course.

As for the presentation, Scott wants students to realize the importance of networking and that corporate social responsibility and sustainability are closely linked. “We can learn a great deal from each other by sharing sustainable business practices and leveraging our professional networks to do so,” Scott said.