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Sustainability Report

Second Annual COBE Sustainability Report

The College of Business and Economics (COBE) at Boise State presents the 2015 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 2015 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 2015 COBE Sustainability Report through the use of infographics and videos. An executive summary of the 2015 Sustainability Report is available below.

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Infographic for Student Involvement. Title is Community Investment and Service are Key Business Responsibilities. First data call out is a graphic of the United States stating 327 COBE students completed 6,468 hours of service, the same time it would take someone to walk from Boise State to Wall Street and back 4 times. Second data call out is a graphic of a stack of books stating 14 COBE classes integrate service-learning in the curriculum. Third data call out is a graphic of a person standing at a podium stating 31 COBE faculty members participated in 57 service projects related to responsible business.

Student Involvement

A number of responsible business initiatives were captured in the 2015 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.

Infographic for Student and Faculty Diversity Fall 2015. A student diversity pie-chart showing 73% of students are white, 10% Hispanic/Latino, 6.5% nonresident alien, 3.2% two of 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. Second smaller pie-chart showing 60% of students are male and 40% are female. Third pie-chart showing employee diversity showing 87% are white, 1.2% American Indian or Alaskan native, 1.2% two or more races, 1.2% black or African American, 4.3% Asian, and 5.5% Hispanic. Fourth smaller pie-chart showing 56% of employees are male and 44% are female.

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.

Infographic for Recycled Paper Content. Title is COBE Increased the Amount of Recycled Paper Purchased from 0% to 40%. First data call out is a graphic of a faucet stating 29,584 gallons less water used. Second data call out is a graphic of a car stating 6,843 pounds less greenhouse gas emitted—equivalent to one car’s average emissions over 6 months. Third data call out is a graphic of a truck transporting waste stating 2,372 pounds less solid waste produced. Fourth call out is a graphic of some trees stating by using more recycled content, COBE reduced the wood used in producing its paper by 53%, saving 38 trees. A table at the bottom shows black and white pages printed went from 1,115,233 in 2014 to 1,129,261 in 2015, color pages printed went from 250,375 to 322,369, equating to total pages printed going from 1,365,608 to 1,451,630.

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.

Infographic for International Experience. Title is Providing International Experiences for our World-Class Students. First data call out is a graphic of a person wearing a graduation cap with the title of Global Scholars, text under graphic says The Global Scholars 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 experience creating strategic business solutions for international clients. Table underneath stating in 2014 we had 10 students go to Guatemala, in 2015 we had 10 students go to Costa Rica, and 2016 we had 8 students go to Puerto Rico. Second data call out is a graphic of a person wearing a tie with the title of Hult Prize, text under graphic says The Hult Prize is a competition for entrepreneurs from around the world to innovate and revolutionize the way society thinks about addressing social problems. COBE has been represented at this international competition by five teams over the last four years. A table underneath states in 2013 we had 5 students competed in San Francisco, in 2014 we had 4 students competed in Dubai and 5 students competed in London, In 2015 we had 5 students competed in London, and in 2016, 4 students competed in Shanghai.

International Experience

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.

Infographic for Graduation and Retention Rates. Title is COBE Continues to Improve Graduation and Retention Rates. First data call out states 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% in the same period. Sub call out from the first call out says that COBE hired five additional academic advisors to help students exercise better planning, change majors less frequently, and graduate with fewer credits. Auditing curriculum by department to streamline majors—helping students finish in four years. Restructuring COBE’s core curriculum to make it more relevant and navigable for students. Created a new business major that is accessible online and lightens the prerequisites needed. Second data call out is a graphic of a person with a graduation cap and gown stating that 19% of COBE’s students graduated in 2014. Third data call out has a title of Snapshot of SOBE Students, Fall 2014 showing 57% retained in college, 19% graduated, 18% not enrolled, 7% switched college.

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%.

Infographic for COBE Greenhouse Gases. Title is COBE is Working to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Background graphic shows the Micron Business and Economics Building at Boise State. First data call out stating that in 2015, COBE increased clean geothermal energy use by 49% and decreased natural gas use by 42%. Second data call out is a graphic of a lightbulb stating electricity use decreased by 5%. Third data call out is a table stating that geothermal energy went from 3.9598e+10 BTU in 2014 to 5.919e+10 BTU in 2015, natural gas went from 8,543 therms in 2014 to 4,991 therms in 2015, and electricity consumption went from 1,561, 490 kWh in 2014 to 1,386,255 kWh in 2015. Summary text states that in December 2016, solar panels capable of producing 25 kilowatts of power were installs on the COBE Building. Students plan to track how the panels change the building’s dependence on nonrenewable energy sources.

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.

2015 COBE Sustainability Report Videos

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