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The first business school to offer an MBA in Sustainable Business.
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Ranked No. 1 for preparation for ethical and socially responsible leadership.
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Ranked in the top five sustainable business schools in the US.
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Plus Title 4 Federal Financial Aid for those who qualify.
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In 2002, a dream was born: a sustainable MBA program dedicated to addressing the problems that mainstream MBA programs were busy creating.
The mission of the school, then known as the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) program: “To prepare students from diverse backgrounds to build enterprises that are financially successful, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.” As we noted at the time, “We fulfill this mission in two ways: by preparing our own students and by helping other business schools integrate sustainability into the heart of their programs.”
Today, thanks in part to the pioneering efforts of BGI, the concept of “sustainable business” has been widely heralded by both the business education establishment and the wider business community. While many institutions are now beginning to address sustainability in their MBA programs, only a handful of schools have completely rewritten their MBA curriculum to build sustainability into every single course. BGI led the pack in 2002, and its successor, Pinchot University, leads the pack today.
What has become increasingly apparent is that a focus on sustainability alone will not be sufficient. A more radical approach to transformational leadership will be required to avoid the threats of climate change, widespread shortages of resources, and deadly conflict over inequities in the global distribution of wealth.
In 2014, BGI was renamed Pinchot University in honor of two of our founders, Gifford and Libba Pinchot, and Gifford’s grandfather, the founder of the US Forest Service. Our new mission: “To prepare learners from diverse backgrounds to design, lead and evolve enterprises that contribute to the common good.”

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Alumni Come Home to Connect

A few short weeks ago, more than two-dozen of our University family, across all cohorts, came to Islandwood for Alumni Weekend. This celebration was far more than just a homecoming. It was a moment to remember why our alumni make Pinchot University and BGI special. We began the day as usual with morning circle, where we

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BGI Ranked Top 3 B-School by Net Impact

BGI Ranked Top 3 B-School by Net Impact Today, Net Impact released their ninth annual Business as UNusual survey of social and environmental graduate business programs, and once again Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot ranks in the top three for both social impact and the environment. This year’s guide “tapped the wisdom of over 3,000 students across

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Letitia Webster Discusses Cotton, Sustainability and Risk on NPR

Letitia Webster, BGI alum and Corporate Responsibility Director for clothing giant VF Corp, is suddenly a hot commodity with news outlets. On the heels of last week’s GreenBiz interview about the challenges of guiding a 60,000-employee company towards sustainability, yesterday Letitia spoke with NPR about the difficulties of growing cotton in a climate-challenged world. You’ve probably never heard of

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Tips from Bethany Lindsey and why Seattle is the #1 job market
January 11th, 2015 - nickabraham

In a recent post for WalletHub, our very own Bethany Linsey, Director of Academic and Student Affairs, details networking and job-searching strategies that are invaluable. Whether you are looking for a new opportunity, or trying to pivot your career in the direction of social impact or sustainability. The piece’s other great news?  Seattle was WalletHub’s

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Reflections on Channel Rock
October 8th, 2014 - Gerod Rody

Channel Rock Reflections: MBA Re-Orientation Article and photos by Rick Dickinson, MBA Candidate, BGI at Pinchot I just returned from my MBA orientation on a remote Canadian island. I went barefoot the whole week, ate gourmet meals straight from a permaculture garden, and listened to wolves howling at the moon. Doesn’t sound like your typical business

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Why BGI at Pinchot?
October 6th, 2014 - Gerod Rody

Around 6 years ago I reached a point in my career where I started to question, on a daily basis, what I was doing in my life to help others. My work at the time allowed me to help others in a variety of ways – through volunteer efforts, time off to coach lacrosse and time off to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Yet, every time I came back to work following one of these endeavors, I noticed a need and want to do more…

Poem: What People Said
October 2nd, 2014 - Gerod Rody

What the People Said: A poem by incoming student Rick Dickinson, composed at Channel Rock during his orientation for the MBA in Sustainable Systems.

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