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Centenary University starts sustainable practices program

Hackettstown-based Centenary University is starting an academic program in sustainable practices, offering students the opportunity to minor, complete a concentration or earn a certificate in this field.

The courses are offered through Centenary’s Department of Business. Sustainable practices involves economics, the environment, and social responsibility in relation to a company’s bottom line.

Michael Russell, the director of Centenary’s Center for Sustainability and an assistant professor of economics, believes sustainability models will have an unyielding dominance over businesses in the near future.

Centenary is spreading the word to high school students about the career potential for employees with knowledge of sustainable practices through partnerships with several area high schools. The newest is at Phillipsburg High School in Warren County and enables Russell to be in residence at the school one day a week starting in February. 

Russell is a member of the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability. He recently worked with the Hunterdon County Vocational School District’s new science-based academy, The Environmental Sustainability and Engineering Academy, on a partnership that allows those students to earn credits in the sciences and business from Centenary. Students are also invited to attend lectures and special events at Centenary.

David Hutter
David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at: dhutter@njbiz.com.

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