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

    • Fall course spotlight: Energy and its impacts: technology, ecology, economics, sustainability. Check out the syllabus here
    • Business must get Political- For Climate Sustainability. Read IGEL Faculty Director Eric Orts’ latest blogpost for the Wharton Risk Mangement and Decision Processes deparment. 
    • Check out IGEL’s latest blog post: Safety as an Element of Sustainability Strategies for Health and Well-being on Campus by Cloe Tchelikidi
    • The MBA Alumni Career Services provides continued support for Wharton alumni — check out more here
    • Listen to Jon Freedman of Suez on the newest podcast episode of Brave Blue World. 
    • Fall course spotlight: The Future of Water- check out the syllabus here
    • Check out the latest on Chippin’s founding and recent success!  The sustainable pet food brand was started by two Wharton alumnae!
    • Interested in sponsoring IGEL? Check out our Partnership brochure  to learn more about opportunities with IGEL 
    • The Economic Impact of Green City, Clean Waters: The First Five Years: read more here
    • See more in the IGEL News section.

Upcoming Events

  • September 25-Women in Sustainability Leadership Seminar Series: Francesca Kennedy, Founder of I.X. Style- Register here
  • October 2-Wharton IGEL Women in Sustainability Leadership Series: Maria Negrete-Gruson of Artisan Partners- Register here
  • October 16- Wharton IGEL Women in Sustainability Leadership Series: Emily Landsburg of Ultra Capital – Register here
  • October 25- Wharton Energy Conference- Register here 
  • November 6-IGEL Careers in Sustainability Leadership Meet & Greet- Register here
  • November 7-  Wharton IGEL 12th Annual Conference: Setting the Goals for a Flourishing World. Check out the speaker list here. Register here.
  • November 12-14- Sustainability in Packaging Europe. Use code: SPEU19WH for 10% off your registration. Register here
  • November 20- Women in Sustainability Leadership Seminar Series: Laurie Holmquist, General Manager of Delta Airlines- Register here

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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