The Wharton-led, Penn-wide Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) promotes knowledge for business sustainability through world-class research, transformative teaching and constructive dialogue between top alumni, academic, corporate, government, and non-government organizations. IGEL is a hub for business and sustainability, connecting and leveraging academic capital at Penn to help business leaders of today and tomorrow to create more sustainable industries.

Latest News

    • IGEL Corporate Advisory Board Member Delta commits $1 billion to become first carbon neutral airline globally! –  Read more here 
    • Job Highlight: Senior Program Manager at the Planetary Health Alliance at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health  – more info here
    • Dispelling 5 Common Myths About Regeneration and Regenerative Business- read more here!
    • Latest blogpost: Responsibility Consumer by Willem Adrianus de Bruijn
    • Call for Student Solutions to Climate Risk Management Challenges- Read more about the application here! Submissions due by March 15th 
    • Wine regions could shrink dramatically with climate change unless growers swap varieties. Read more about challenges facing the wine industry here 
    • The Head Zookeeper’s Solutions for Wastewater and Water – Read more about Innovyze thought leadership here!
    • The State of Green Business, 2020. Curious? Check out the article here 
    • Rubicon Uses Technology to Solve Global Waste and Recycling Challenges– read more here!
    • FMC Corporation Receives Perfect Score on 2020 Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index– check out more here
    • Special Report by Suez & Knowledge@Wharton: The End of Wasted Water A Revolution in Reuse Is Underway. Read more here
    • Interested in sponsoring IGEL? Check out our Partnership brochure  to learn more about opportunities with IGEL 
    • See more in the IGEL News section.

Upcoming Events

  • February 21-22- Climate CAP 2020- The Global MBA Summit on Climate, Capital, & Business. Register here
  • March 25- IGEL Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Waste Management Fireside Chat featuring Compology- Register here 
  • March 27- Penn MES/ MSAG 14th Annual Graduate Research Conference- Register here 
  • March 31- Book Signing & Discussion:Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change- Register here
  • April 1- Global Water Alliance 2020 Conference on Water & Peace at Drexel University- Register here
  • April 21-Women in Sustainability Leadership Lunch Seminar Featuring Nadine Leslie, CEO Suez North America- Register here 
  • June 1 – 4, Sustainable Brands ’20 Long Beach conference on purpose-driven business. Register here using the code “ptrWhartonIGEL” to take 20% off all-day passes!

Eric_MediumEric W. Orts

Guardsmark Professor, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management

IGEL’s Director, Eric W. Orts, speaking at IGEL’s 2015 conference, Business Takes the Lead: How Innovation Will Drive Our Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change.


Gary-Survis_Small-PhotoGary Survis

Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

Gary Survis, IGEL Senior Fellow, has participated in multiple IGEL sponsored conferences and moderated several of IGEL’s Annual Conferences.

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