Students work with MaRS in new course accelerating climate innovation
This semester marks the first year of a new experiential learning course called Scaling Climate Innovations (SUST 6152) offered by the Sustainability area. The course currently has a combination of MBA, Master of Management, and MBA/JD students taking part, creating cross-program collaboration.
“Innovations in sustainability are crucial for addressing pressing challenges we face today, such as climate change and resource depletion,” said Klaudia Watts, who teaches SUST 6152. “However, for these innovations to make a meaningful impact, widespread adoption is essential. Personally, I hope students walk away from this course with greater knowledge and understanding of how to springboard this adoption and scale the changes we need.”
The course facilitates an official academic partnership with MaRS, and students have already embarked on some great projects and started working directly with stakeholders across various sectors, ranging from clean tech startups to governmental bodies, to expedite climate innovation.
“The Climate Fellowship at MaRS has been instrumental in exposing me to cutting-edge industry developments in climate tech, the kind that cannot just be read about,” said Menka Ahlawat (MBA Candidate ‘24). “The coalition provided invaluable exposure to interactions among key players in government, non-profit, and industry as they look to scale futuristic technology with immense potential for positive impact on people and the planet. Seeing the team diagnose barriers and devise strategies on how to overcome them is at the heart of my learning. I took this course with the intention to match theory with practical learning, build a great network, and deepen my industry knowledge – that is what I am getting.”