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National Green to Gold Award Honors Starbucks’ Sustainable Success

Duquesne University’s Beard Institute conferred its annual national Green to Gold award on Starbucks at its fourth annual symposium on sustainability on Nov. 3.

Starbucks was recognized as an American company demonstrating commercial success in sustainable business practices.

“As a leader in corporate social responsibility initiatives in its industry, Starbucks has set high standards for its competitors,” said Dr. Alan R. Miciak, dean of the Palumbo•Donahue School of Business. “With $9.8 billion in revenue, Starbucks has used its industrial power to positively influence the industry and provided excellent financial performance for shareholders at the same time. In addition to its strong social policies, Starbucks Corporation has developed extensive environmental performance policies and indicators.”

The 2010 Green to Gold award nominees included Heinz, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Nike.

The award is named after the popular book by Dan Esty and Andrew Winston.

Duquesne, which offers a special MBA program incorporating sustainability practices throughout the curriculum and classroom experiences, initiated the award last year to give business students good examples of successful companies that exemplify business ethics and responsible practices. The inaugural winner was Cisco Systems.

A leader in teaching sustainable practices, Duquesne’s ranks second worldwide among schools of its size for integrating social and environmental stewardship into research and MBA program coursework, according to the Aspen Institute, an international foundation dedicated to developing leaders for a sustainable global society.

For the fifth time, the school has been included in the current edition of The Princeton Review's The Best 300 Business Schools. It won the inaugural Page Prize for the best U.S. submission of an Environmental Sustainability Curriculum. The University also has been listed as a top green school in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.

For more information, visit www.business.duq.edu.

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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.