Our Mission

The GBC engages CBS students, faculty, the greater Columbia community, and business leaders across industries on the intersection of business and climate/sustainability.

  • We believe the climate crisis is one of the most important challenges and opportunities that we will face in our lifetime, and that business will play a vital role in addressing it
  • We believe organizations should strive to operate sustainably, balancing economic, environmental, and social considerations
  • We educate our members on emerging triple-bottom-line business issues and prepare them for careers related to climate change and sustainability
  • We connect students with employers through networking opportunities, career resources, and industry/alumni contacts in the private, for-profit, public, and non-profit sectors
  • We advocate and model sustainable practices in our own community through campus greening projects

Our History

The Green Business Club was founded in March 2008 by three members of the Columbia Business School class of 2009: Kate Grossman, Chris Baker, and Joe Chmielewski. Their intent was to facilitate students’ career aspirations and create awareness around sustainability issues in the Columbia Business School community. Since its inception, the Club has grown in scope and in scale, with a membership of over 200 students and a steady stream of events and career resources.