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Tuck Students Attend United Nations Climate Change Conference

A contingent of students, faculty and staff from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is currently in Copenhagen participating as accredited observers at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The Tuck team – the only official business school representatives at the conference – will attend sessions, meet with international business groups and NGOs and publish a blog chronicling summit proceedings as they impact global business.

The conference, dubbed COP15, has set as its goal to attain a global agreement to address climate change. Such an agreement would enable business leaders to factor climate change into their business plans in ways that reduce risk for their organizations, employees and the planet as a whole.

The Tuck team hopes to learn the perspectives of other conference attendees and relay them to the Tuck community. Sponsored by Tuck’s Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship, the team consists of eight second-year students selected from a larger group of those who expressed interest. Professor Anant Sudaram, who serves as team leader, and Allwin Initiative director Pat Palmiotto have traveled to Copenhagen with the students.

“We are entering an era in which the careers of MBAs graduating today will evolve in a world in which there is a price on carbon, the implications of which are wide-ranging,” Sundaram said in a statement. His recent research focuses on a new metric for scoring companies on their stock market exposure to fossil fuel use and resulting green house gas emissions.

Sundaram also created and teaches a class on business and climate change at Tuck, where interest is high. “As students of business it is important that we are not only aware of how climate change is going to affect businesses but also to understand the implications on the way in which business will be conducted in the future,” Manoj Sahoo, a second-year Tuck student, said in a statement.

“Being at Copenhagen is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of what might be one of the game-changing events of the century,” Sahoo continued. To offset the carbon footprint associated with the trip, the team plans to plant trees on campus next spring.

To visit the team’s Tuckatcop15 blog, click here.

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