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Duquesne Graduates First Class of MBA Sustainability Students

Duquesne University is hosting a diploma ceremony for its first graduating class of 14 MBA Sustainability students.

William R. Blackburn, president of William Blackburn Consulting Ltd., will present the keynote address. Blackburn’s company focuses on providing strategies to help organizations manage sustainability; environment, health and safety management; and emergency and crisis response. He is the author of The Sustainability Handbook—The Complete Management Guide to Achieving Social, Economic and Environmental Responsibility, published by the Environmental Law Institute and Earthscan. The book is utilized as part of the MBA Sustainability program’s curriculum.

With more than 35 years of experience in environmental law and management, Blackburn holds a J.D. and a B.S. in aerospace engineering, and has served in positions at the Fortune 500 company Baxter International Inc. and at Clinton Bogert Associates. He is co-chair of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) section of Environment, Energy and Resources. At the ABA, he led the development of a model sustainability policy and implementation guide for law firms.

The MBA Sustainability is an accelerated, one-year master of business administration degree program offered by the internationally accredited Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne University, a business school ranked eighth in the world by the Aspen Institute for social and environmental stewardship. MBA Sustainability is one of the few MBA programs anywhere to incorporate sustainability into its curriculum fundamentally and thoroughly.

When: Friday, July 25, at 2 p.m.

Where: The Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.