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October 20, 2017 –

Webinar Tailored to Social Entrepreneurs Offers Free Copy of Business Sustainability Modeling Tool

October 11, 2017 –

The Lemelson Foundation and Partners Release Tools to Help Inventors and Entrepreneurs Integrate Sustainability From the Start
NESsT, Presidio Graduate School and VentureWell Team Up To Launch Sustaining Our Planet: A Toolkit for Entrepreneurs

April 10, 2017 –  
Swaay – No Easy Road: The Psychology of Entrepreneurship – Interview with Core Faculty member Cynthia Scott, Ph.D. M.P.H. 

March 22, 2017 –
Introducing PGS100 – 100% Sustainability Curriculum, 100% Online

February 2, 2017 –
CSRwire – Seattle, S.F. Announcing Carla Walter, Provost


December 19, 2013 — Presidio Graduate School Announces “Big Idea” Prize Winner for Initiative to Address Poverty with Worker-Owned Business Development

November 26, 2013 — B Lab and Presidio Graduate School strike educational partnership

November 5, 2013 — Ayrshire Foundation provides multi-year grant to Presidio Graduate School for Cleantech Management Certificate program

October 30, 2013 — Presidio Graduate School Launches “Big Idea” Prize

October 21, 2013 – Alumnus John Heylin’s Chirp featured in NY Times

October 16, 2013 – PGS Alum Josh Newman co-authors impact investment report

October 7, 2013 – Experiential Learning program presented at AASHE Conference

October 4, 2013 – PGS heads to Austin for SXSW Eco

August 30, 2013 — Professor writes story of Chevrolet Volt

July 20, 2013 — PGS ranks at top in Net Impact Student Survey

July 11, 2013 – Green Biz: Why Paul Hawkin is Teaching MBAs

July 9, 2013 — Sustainable Business Pioneer Paul Hawken Joins Presidio Faculty

March 25, 2013 — Net Impact Chapter Earns Gold Status for 4th Consecutive Year

May 28, 2013 — Social Entrepreneurship Leader Cheryl Dorsey to Deliver 2013 Commencement Address

May 20, 2013 — New Scholarship in Memoriam of Alumnus Eric Sharp Announced

May 14, 2013 — Business, policy and social ventures come together in Presidio Graduate School Capstone Showcase on May 18

May 1, 2013 — Presidio Graduate School offers Master Class with slow money visionary Woody Tasch

April 15, 2013 — Presidio Graduate School presents leaders in financing clean technology

April 12, 2013 — Presidio Graduate School offers impact investing Master Class with R. Paul Herman

April 10, 2013 — Corporate sustainability expert Bob Willard to present Master Class at Presidio Graduate School

March 7, 2013 — New major scholarship initiative to support graduate students committed to social impact and sustainability

February 27, 2013 — Fred Gellert Family Foundation provides multi-year commitment to Presidio MBA/MPA programs

January 7, 2013 – Multi-year commitment to Presidio Graduate School for new ‘Invoking the pause’ scholarship fund


August 27, 2012 – Howard Dean and Van Jones to present keynote lectures at Presidio Graduate School

August 14, 2012 – Presidio Graduate School co-sponsors TEDxPresidio with Social Venture Network

July 31, 2012 – Check out the progress of recent Presidio alum John Heylin’s food startup, Chirp

July 18, 2012 – Come experience the debut of the Presidio community blog, officially launched today!

June 29, 2012 – Presidio featured on Cisco blog re: Meeting of the Minds conference

June 15, 2012 – New intensive course offered this summer – Startup Finance Bootcamp. Spots are limited, so sign up today

June 13, 2012 – Presidio Graduate School Net Impact chapter achieves gold standard once again!

June 12, 2012 – Check out Presidio students’ blog posts on Triple Pundit from the Spring 2012 Macroeconomics course

June 4, 2012 – Alum Jennifer Wagner quoted in Fortune article, “Should companies tie worker pay to green goals?”

May 17, 2012 – Remarkable story highlighting the importance of water quality advocates, “The Work of the Riverkeeper,” by MBA student Lauren Wray

May 7, 2012 – Presidio’s InFoods team wins Madrona League Business Plan Competition!

May 3, 2012 – Good Luck to Our Two Finalist Teams in the Madrona League Business Plan Competition!

April 27, 2012 – MBA alum Nikki Pava to participate on the “Rise of Women in Sustainability” panel at the New Living Expo tonight

April 25, 2012 – Presidians Head to Finals in Department of Energy’s Business Plan Competition!

April 24, 2012 – Congrats to faculty member Jay Ogilvy, whose paper was selected as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012. Click here to read “Facing the Fold: From the Eclipse of Utopia To the Restoration of Hope”

April 24, 2012 – “Fighting Poverty Through a More Inclusive Economy” – the amazing story of the Presidio team currently competing as one of six finalists in the Hult Global Case Challenge, written by current MBA student Mara Slade

April 23, 2012 – Faculty members Steven Crane and Dwight Collins to present at the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) at UC Davis this summer

April 18, 2012 – Our Spring 2012 Newsletter is now available! Check it out here

April 18, 2012 – Presidio Graduate School is “one of the great jewels,” says Van Jones, Visiting Fellow, during an interview on NPR. Listen here!

April 11, 2012 – Great NY Times article, “Real-Time Data to Reduce Electric Use,” showcases two Presidians: current student Jim Witkin, author, and alum Max Dunn, featured “early adopter”

April 3, 2012 – MPA alum Andrea Stover shares her ASPA conference experience, where she spoke on “Community Mapping: Tools to visualize, empower, and build sustainable communities”

March 27, 2012 – Congrats to MBA student Roger Jackson, whose media company Copy-Kids won the prestigious MACT Excellence Award

March 27, 2012 – Green Jobs Pioneer Van Jones to Join Presidio Graduate School as Visiting Fellow for 2012-2013.

March 14, 2012 – Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation Awards Presidio Graduate School $20,000 to Support Internships in Emerging Impact Investment Field

March 12, 2012 – MBA alum Jonathan Mariano is awarded the O.P. Alford III Prize in Libertarian Scholarship from the Mises Institute for his journal submission, “Credit Default Swaps from the Viewpoint of Libertarian Property Rights and Contract Theory”

March 7, 2012 – Article in Sustainable Plant featuring Executive Certificate alum: “CSO Profile: Richard Goode on IT’s Role in Reducing Carbon – and Cost”

March 5, 2012 – Alum Sarah Dunigan to present her company, Songa Designs, in the Ambassador’s Social Entrepreneurship panel at the upcoming Partnership for Change conference

February 29, 2012 – MBA alum Nikki Pava, Co-Founder of EcoTuesday and Founder of Alegria Partners, featured in the article, “Influential Women in Cleantech: Top 10 Women of Sustainability”

February 28, 2012 – Presidio Team Wins Regional Round of $1M Hult Global Case Challenge, Advances to Finals in New York City

February 28, 2012 – Presidio Graduate School Research Faculty John Katovich and Interim Dean of the Faculty Edward Quevedo Selected to lead the Cap and Trade Market Monitor Training program for the California Air Resources Board (CARB)

February 24, 2012 – Alumni Alyssa Holt and Lyrica Hammann describe their work implementing sustainability initiatives at Facebook

February 22, 2012 – Recent graduate Zach Worthington quoted in an LA Times article on car sharing

February 15, 2012 – Check out the video from the most recent Presidio Presents speaker series event, featuring world-class entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs for sustainability

February 14, 2012 – A team of Presidio students develops the PriCharge mobile energy storage system for their Sustainable Products and Services class

February 14, 2012 – Congratulations to Rudi Anthony, Shehreen Johnson and David Jay, our three alumni who have made it to the Echoing Green semifinalist round

February 13, 2012 – “Is a Green MBA Right for You?” Check out the article on, with quotes by COO Jennifer Taylor and MBA alum Kate Drane

February 13, 2012 – Presidio Graduate School to host Meeting of the Minds in San Francisco, CA this October

February 9, 2012 – Presidio Graduate School receives funding for research and scholarships

February 2, 2012 – Presidio Graduate School and Bainbridge Graduate Institute proudly present the Madrona League Business Plan Competition

January 26, 2012 – Presidio students selected to compete in 3rd Annual Hult Global Case Challenge (Hult GCC)

January 24, 2012 – Professor Maggie Winslow writes on how more productivity is bad for employees, leading to increased profits rather than increased wages, creating fewer new jobs and depleting resources

January 11, 2012 – Presidio alum April Economides with Green Octopus Consulting featured in an article on and The Nation about her bike program in Long Beach


June 15, 2011 – Presidio Graduate School Announces New President

December 22, 2011 – President and CEO William Shutkin interviews with Dell EIR Ingrid Vanderveldt about creating a unique sustainability education program

December 15, 2011 – Congratulations to alumni Jeff Cohen, Todd English, Saskia Fest and Joe Madden for their incredible work at EOS Climate, awarded the 2011 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA)

December 14, 2011 – Presidio alumni carry out their student Venture Plan and create The Can Van, featured in Fast Company

December 12, 2011 – Simran Sethi, an award-winning journalist and MBA alum, featured in the Atlantic for her work as an eco-hero

December 8, 2011 – MBA C10 alumni Laura Waters, Christy Hurlburt and Jamie Jones see ongoing success of their zero-waste Cal Athletics projects

December 7, 2011 – Executive Certificate alum Rory Bakke, Director of Sustainability at GreenBiz Group, plays a key role in the launch of service sector standard UL 880: Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations

December 6, 2011 – MBA alum Jeff Cohen featured on NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss AB 32 as a representative of EOS Climate.

December 2, 2011 – Faculty members Nancy Van Leuven and Deniz Leuenberger and TA Danielle Newton accepted to present papers at the 2012 Women as Global Leaders Conference in Abu Dhabi, Dubai

October 28, 2011 – Executive Certificate alum Jonathan Storper of Hanson Bridgett plays a critical role in passing new benefit corporation legislation in California

October 18, 2011 – MPA candidate Tommaso Nicholas Boggia featured in an article by The New England Post on “The Latest on Student Loan Debt Forgiveness: Exploring Opportunity Cost and Higher Ed Financing Reform”

October 11, 2011 – Presidio Graduate School to partner with Green Living Project for their “San Francisco Film Premiere”

September 27, 2011 – Presidio Graduate School featured in The Green Connoisseur, with an interview with MBA student John Lehnert

September 25, 2011 – Presidians participate in Moving Planet day event in San Francisco

September 7, 2011 – MBA student Kathrin Jansen announced as a 2011 finalist for the Net Impact “Force for Change” Award.

August 17, 2011 – Presidio Graduate School listed in “Business as UNusual: The Student Guide to Graduate Programs 2011” by Net Impact

July 22, 2011 – Professor Jay Ogilvy, PhD, recently published Facing the Fold: Essays on Scenario Planning

June 22, 2011 – Deniz Leuenberger, PhD., interviews with Smart+Connected Communities Institute

June 13, 2011 – Alum Nils Moe, Sustainability Advisor to the Mayor for the City of Berkeley, interviews with The Green Economy Post as part of their Green MBA Success Series

May 9, 2011 – Presidio alum Leilani Latimer interviews with about her position as Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Sabre Holdings and what it’s like to be a woman leader in sustainability

Spring 2011 – The spring 2011 issue of Heritage News incorporates LEED AP & MBA ’12 candidate Katie Grote’s summary of her team’s retrofitting proposal for the Haas-Lilienthal House, mission and tours

April 13, 2011 – Saskia Feast (MBA ’08) VP of Business Development for EOS Climate, a venture capital backed start-up formed out of Presidio Graduate School’s Capstone class, announces their partnership with Cargill

March 28, 2011 – Presidio cited in U.S. News & World Report article about environmentally friendly MBA programs and their growing popularity amongst business students

March 8, 2011 – In an article by the Green Economy Post, Janet Smartt, MBA’ 09, attributes her successful career transition to skills, knowledge and network she gained from Presidio Graduate School

March 1, 2011 – Executive Certificate graduates Cynthia Cheak, Annika Jensen-Lamka and Susan Reeve share their success stories with the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future