Alum Chance Cutrano Introduces Fish in the Fields

Fish in the Fields Capstone Project Presented by Chance Cutrano

Inspired by the age-old practice of fish and rice co-cultivation, Fish in the Fields radically reimagines farming California’s 500,000 acres of rice. Fish in the Fields is a social enterprise that grows fish in winter-flooded rice fields to produce a sustainable source of protein, generate additional income for rice farmers, conserve wildlife habitat, and use natural systems to reduce the climate-changing effects of rice farming.

This is an example of a whole system, sustainable solution created by a student after he asked the right questions and then worked from a values-driven and results-focused perspective. This is an example of what you can achieve at Presidio Graduate School.

Ask the right questions

Our unique approach to teaching sustainable management integrates systems thinking, leadership, and management fundamentals. Students learn professional competencies and the hard skills required in every graduate management program. What distinguishes PGS from other programs is our commitment to helping students learn and apply their sustainable management skills to join profitability, community, and ecology in new business models and public policies.

Values-driven and results-focused

Beyond the essential management competencies—such as governance, operations, economics, and finance—our graduates are trained to see connections and make better decisions in the context of whole systems. Our students learn to recognize how changing a manufacturing process can impact not just efficiency, but also community relations, environmental safety, and job satisfaction. They identify ways to rethink business or policy decisions that reduce energy and material costs that can lead to bottom-line benefits while delivering value to customers and other stakeholders.

This unique systems-thinking teaching method empowers our MBA, MPA, Dual Degree, and Certificate students to become successful change agents. Explore our degree programs

A powerful combination

Transforming ideas and opportunities for sustainable business and policy solutions into practical action often requires leading people through some form of change, or even disruption. This is the essence of the human and leadership dimension of sustainable management that PGS emphasizes throughout our programs.

No matter how innovative your idea or how well-designed your business case, without the courage and ability to mobilize others, very little progress can be made. We teach leadership competencies and inspire confidence, both of which are critical for success in today’s complex business and political environment. Presidian students develop a strong understanding of sustainability principles, tools, and activities while cultivating sustainability ethics and the leadership skills to change institutions and society.