Details for The Paul Merage School of Business

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

University of California, Irvine


Irvine, CA, United States


Sign Up Date to PRME

07 Mar 2011

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

20 Dec 2013

Sharing Information on Progress (2013)

UC Irvine The Paul Merage School of Business PRME Report 12-2013 - View Report

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business is promoting awareness of issues concerning sustainability is through its curriculum. The school has developed a course that provides business leaders with the skills to implement, evaluate, and raise awareness for a successful sustainability program.
The various centers of excellence at the Merage School foster collaboration with the community. As a program of the Center for Global Leadership, the Social Responsibility Initiative (SRI) emphasizes the importance of corporate and personal responsibility in the community. The SRI pairs MBA student teams with local non-profit organizations needing project-based consulting. SRI is a valuable resource for non-profit organizations especially in times of economic challenges. In turn, SRI is a meaningful way for MBA students to gain real-world consulting experience, gain insight into community challenges and help shape the future of an organization.
The Center for Real Estate serves as a forum to discuss and solve current and future real estate industry issues. It is the only one of its kind in southern California that is fully incorporated within the business school. Courses are offered through the business school in real estate finance, capital markets, and development. Additional courses are offered through affiliated faculty members in areas such as urban planning, environment, legal issues, and public policy.
The Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides thought leadership in the emerging science of innovation research, education and consulting, with the belief that strategic innovation will be the first and best alternative for sustaining competitive advantage in today’s global economy.
The Paul Merage School of Business Net Impact Chapter is dedicated to growing and strengthening a network of leaders to use the power of business to make a positive net social, environment, and economic impact in Orange County communities. It hosts monthly educational and networking events on the topics of social responsibility, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and the environment. Net Impact is a global organization of 200 students and professional chapters with over 10,000 members.
The Challenge for Charity student club at the Merage School gives us the opportunity to involves ourselves in the community by aligning externally with two philanthropies: Special Olympics and Junior Achievement. Internally, Challenge for Charity looks to become the guiding force in the effort to develop a close-knit family atmosphere/culture that needs to exist at a small school like ours. We involve the entire community (students, administration, faculty) in our efforts to raise money for charity, perform philanthropy, and participate in the C4C Weekend up at Stanford in April. The MBA Challenge for Charity (C4C) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that draws on the talents, energy, and resources of MBAs from eight West Coast business schools to raise funds and volunteer for the Special Olympics and other charities throughout the year. Challenge for Charity’s mission is to support Special Olympics and family-related local charities and to develop business leaders with a lifelong commitment to community involvement and social responsibility.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The core of our values resides in educating today’s leaders to create sustainable value to their organization and to our global society.
Profit Plus Planet is a day-long global sustainability business conference, planned and presented by UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, where both the business and academic community will explore the future of green innovation and learn best-practices techniques to harness the power of sustainability as a driver of innovation and competitive advantage.
Prosperitas is an intimate peer-based organization of innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Operating under the umbrella of The Merage School, the group hosts bi-weekly meetings designed to provide members with the place, space, and diverse peer input to learn about and debate the critical topics of our times.
The Paul Merage School of Business together with the University of California, Irvine boasts unequalled credentials in the realm of environmental sustainability and smart energy.
UC Irvine
• Has developed “smart lab” design for new and retrofitted laboratories, cutting their energy consumption by half
• has determined that all new construction on campus must seek LEED Silver certification at minimum and five buildings on campus have achieved LEED Gold certification
• Has been recognized for reducing electrical demand up to 15,000 kW and saving nearly 4 million gallons of water annually.
• Is the most efficient campus energy infrastructure of any North American campus (baseloaded co-generation with five ways to use recovered heat)
• Has been awarded with a 2010 Green California Leadership Award for Zotwheels, a campus bike-sharing program by the Advisory Board for the Green California Summit .
• Received the EPA Region 9 Environmental Achievement Award for the Sustainable Transportation Program, the largest and most successful of any in Orange County.
• Combined heat and power plant, with its 62,000 ton hour thermal storage tank, is possibly the most efficient central plant on any North American campus.
• Has the first student dining program to label food entrees’ carbon footprints
• Has the first hydrogen fueling station in Orange County

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