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With the Pacific Ocean as our western border, the Pacific Northwest is positioned on the edge. Our region has a legacy of pioneers and innovation, and its rugged beauty draws change agents from around the world. An innovative spirit, love of the natural world and culture of social justice all characterize this unique area that Pinchot calls home.

As the pioneers of education for the common good, such as graduate degrees like our MBA in Sustainable Business and MA in Organizational Leadership, Pinchot specifically chose Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle to be our home—in the neighborhood where pioneer meets post-modern. The first center of Seattle remains its most vibrant urban center and the transit hub of the Northwest, where historic architecture like the iconic Smith Tower mingles with the leading start-ups in Seattle.


Learning Environments

220 & Change

The 220 & Change building in Pioneer Square is home to much more than the central Pinchot campus. The brick and old-growth timber construction with structurally reinforcing metal beams is only overshadowed by the community it houses. With our friends Social Venture Partners and Impact Hub, this four-story, 29,000 square foot space holds Seattle’s largest concentration of entrepreneurs, social impact investors, and of course, leading-edge education. This is where doing good means business, where what matters makes money and where ideas have impact.

220 Second Avenue South Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

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IslandWood hosts Pinchot’s MBA in Sustainable Systems just outside of Seattle, WA. This is what summer camp wants to be when it grows up—a regenerative retreat steps from urban infrastructure in a LEED Gold campus nestled in a 200-acre wonderland. On the island we put values in action, from breakfast to bedtime. IslandWood’s kitchen is dedicated to local, organic, seasonal food that enriches the earth and the soul. This space is at the brink of a closed-loop system; living buildings have learned some large lessons here.

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Channel Rock

Located on a 140-acre conservancy of mature forest and mossy bluffs along the coast of Cortes Island in British Columbia, Channel Rock is Pinchot’s retreat center. Systems MBA students travel to the site for orientation. It also hosts select elective and professional development courses. Featuring the latest in sustainable design, this beautiful and rustic off-grid campus provides an environment for learners to learn, explore and build connections with the BGI community.

Study Abroad

Each summer, Pinchot offers current learners and alumni a unique opportunity to study global perspectives and approaches to environmental and social sustainability, organizational management and  leadership. Study tours are generally 10-14 days in length, with each year’s tour destination selected through a student-led process. Past tour destinations have included Sweden, Canada, Cuba and China.

Digital Learning

At Pinchot, we use an advanced system of distance learning tools to ensure that students are effectively able to collaborate between class meetings. Our virtual classroom allows groups to hold real-time meetings with audio and web sharing. This includes a shared whiteboard, slide show sharing, application sharing and the ability to work directly on a classmate’s computer. Conversations take place using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology, allowing you to talk as much as you’d like with the resources you need.

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