Darden Professor Michael Lenox Named 2012 Fetner Sustainable Enterprise Fellow

15 February 2012

The Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP) has announced that University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Michael Lenox will be its 2012 Fetner Sustainable Enterprise Fellow. The fellowship is presented annually to an academic expert in sustainable enterprise whose three-to-four-day residency involves direct, in-depth work with faculty and students at Syracuse University (SU).

As part of this distinction, Lenox will be on the Syracuse campus 9–12 April to work with and meet faculty, students and the business community and share his internationally recognized expertise in business strategy, public policy and the natural environment.

On Monday, 9 April, Lenox will discuss sustainability-related research trends and opportunities with SU and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry faculty and graduate students. Later in the week, he will lead a luncheon discussion for faculty and Ph.D. students on “Sustainability in the Curriculum” based on his leadership experience with this topic at Darden and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

During his time in Syracuse, Lenox will also meet with graduate students enrolled in the SEP’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE) program and will guest teach the CASSE course “Managing Sustainability.”

On Wednesday, 11 April, at 8 a.m., Lenox will share his research on trends in green tech entrepreneurship and innovation with the business community at a breakfast.
“We are so pleased that Dr. Lenox is this year’s Fetner Sustainable Enterprise Fellow,” says Hal Fetner, an SU alumnus. “Michael Lenox is recognized internationally for his expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship. Our students and faculty, as well as the business community, have much to learn from his perspective on the importance of sustainability to economic growth and competitive success.”

Lenox’s recent work explores firms’ strategies and non-traditional public policies that have the potential to drive “green” innovation and entrepreneurship. Lenox serves as the faculty director for the multiple-university Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability. He is the executive director of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

SEP is a collaborative initiative of SU’s Whitman School of Management and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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