Second Annual COBE Sustainability Report
The College of Business and Economics (COBE) at Boise State presents the 2016 COBE Sustainability Report. This report, the second COBE Sustainability Report, was once again researched, written, and produced by 13 graduate and undergraduate students challenged to continue developing a responsible business lens by delving into the economic, social, and environmental material issues impacting the College of Business and Economics.
The 2016 COBE Sustainability Report documents our progress on catalyzing individual and organizational participation in responsible business practices.
The Responsible Business Initiative is excited to share the findings of the 2016 COBE Sustainability Report through the use of infographics and videos. An executive summary and one-pager of the 2016 Sustainability Report are available below.
A number of responsible business initiatives were captured in the 2016 Sustainability Report including community involvement, community service, and key business responsibilities. Our results show that COBE faculty and students understand the central role that business leaders play in serving their communities. This is exemplified by 327 COBE students completing 6,468 hours of service, 14 COBE classes integrating service-learning in the curriculum, and 31 COBE faculty members participating in 57 service projects related to responsible business.
Student and Faculty Diversity
Along with community investment and service, diversity and inclusion are also central issues in discussing responsible business. Diversity is a material issue for all college stakeholders, and COBE continues to invest in internal and external partnerships to create an inclusive college and an inclusive business community. The 2015 student population comprises 60% male, 40% female, 73% white, 10% Hispanic/Latino, 6.5% nonresident alien, 3.2% two or more races, 2.6% race or ethnicity unknown, 2.2% Asian, 1.7% black or African American, 0.4% American Indian or Alaskan native, and 0.4% native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. The 2015 employee population comprises 56% male, 44% female, 87% white, 5.5% Hispanic, 4.3% Asian, 1.2% black or African American, 1.2% two or more races, and 1.2% American Indian or Alaskan native.
Recycled Paper Content
Students understand the impact sustainability reporting can have in their educational environment. An example of this is increasing recycled paper. In 2015 COBE increased the amount of recycled paper from 0% to 40% paving the way for real progress and real results. In addition, COBE experienced 29,584 less gallons of water used, 6,843 less pounds of greenhouse gas emitted, and 2,372 less pounds of solid waste produced. With this, by using more recycled content, COBE reduced the wood used in producing its paper by 53%, saving 38 trees.
COBE is also committed to providing international experiences for our world-class students. The Global Scholar’s program has engaged in business in three countries. Since the program’s launch in 2014, 28 students have participated in the program gaining hands-on experiences creating strategic business solutions for international clients. There were 10 Global Scholar students in Guatemala in 2014, 10 in Costa Rica in 2015, and eight students in Puerto Rico in 2016. Along with the Global Scholars program, COBE students participated in the Hult Prize, a competition for entrepreneurs from around the world to innovate and revolutionize the way society thinks about addressing social problems. Six students represented COBE in San Francisco in 2013, four students in Dubai in 2014, five students in London in 2014 and again in 2015, and four students in Shanghai in 2016.
Graduation and Retention
Additionally, COBE continues to improve graduation and retention rates. In 2015, COBE hired five additional academic advisors, audited the curriculum by department to streamline majors, restructured core curriculum to be more relevant and navigable, and created a new business minor that is accessible online and lightens the prerequisites needed. As a result of these improvements, COBE’s graduation rate as a percentage of its student population increased from 15% in 2013 to 19% in 2014, while the dropout rate decreased from 20% to 18%.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Lastly, COBE is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Overall in 2015, COBE increased geothermal energy use by 49%, decreased natural gas use by 42% and decreased electricity use by 5%. In December 2016, solar panels capable of producing 25 kilowatts of power were installed on the COBE building. In reflecting on these infographics, COBE is seen to be taking real steps towards incorporating responsible business initiatives through our students, faculty and organization as a whole.
2016 COBE Sustainability Report Videos
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