NYCLab Call for Proposals: Black Organizations Matter
These past weeks have, again, exposed America’s deeply rooted system of white supremacy and reminds us that without true justice, there will be no sustainable future. At Bard MBA in Sustainability, we stand in solidarity with those protesting the systems that oppress and devalue Black lives. Our mission is to educate leaders to bring social and environmental justice to business, policy, and education.
We are currently requesting proposals for our NYCLab consulting course, calling for sustainability projects that teams of MBA students will work on over the coming year.
We have historically had a hands-off approach to soliciting NYCLab proposals, welcoming proposals from organizations that learn of our RFP organically through their networks. This year, we are acknowledging that this process can exclude organizations that often serve underrepresented and minority communities. We are committing to actively recruit Black-owned businesses, as well as social justice focused nonprofits, and government agencies.
Please join us in this effort.
We are asking that you circulate our RFP to businesses and organizations in your networks that meet this definition. A direct link to the proposal form and more information can be found here.
At Bard MBA, we define sustainable business as a for-profit, non-profit, or government organization that is in business to solve social and environmental challenges. We always have. Please invite organizations that meet that mission to apply to NYCLab.
Please review some of the clients we have worked with recently who exemplify this work. A full roster of past clients can be viewed here.
NYCLab Client Highlights:
Medgar Evers College (MEC) is a public college in New York City, that serves as a predominantly Black institution. It is a senior college of The City University of New York, offering baccalaureate and associate degrees. The MEC School of Business is developing the Center for Entrepreneurship Opportunity (CEO) to strengthen and grow a supportive community for students and local entrepreneurs. The Bard MBA NYCLab consulting team assisted in the development of the CEO by developing a strategy blueprint, as well as pop-up tools to support campus and local entrepreneurs seeking pop-up opportunities.
Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-site, multi-service settlement house that serves the diverse neighborhoods of Queens, New York. QCH provides individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. The Bard MBA NYCLab consulting team worked with QCH to identify green building and community development opportunities to create a more efficient, comfortable, and appealing space for its programs and community.
Elevate Energy is in business to design and implement programs that reduce costs, protect people and the environment, and ensure the benefits of clean and efficient energy use reach those who need them most. The Bard MBA NYCLab consulting team worked with Elevate Energy to develop a community solar model that provides opportunities for access to a large population of underserved communities around the Midwest.
FoodScraps 360 is a minority, female-owned residential and commercial compost collection company providing food scrap recycling services in New York's Capital Region. Through the NYCLab client engagement, The Bard MBA NYCLab consulting team developed a 3-5 year growth plan for FoodScraps360 with a goal of ensuring this company stays focused on sustainability while meeting growth targets.