Manomet’s Sustainable Economies Program is working to engage the next generation in creating a more sustainable world.
What we do
U360 is an experiential internship program designed to broaden college students’ understanding of sustainability and small business management. U360 helps students develop essential career skills, gain real-world experience, and begin building their career network.
Students learn how sustainability can be applied to small businesses by working directly with small businesses of their choosing from around the U.S. In this way, U360 creates full-circle learning between business leaders and the next generation of “sustainable entrepreneurs.” Manomet is at the center of this circle; facilitating the conversation, and providing sustainability tools to the people who can make change happen today and tomorrow.
How it works
U360 is designed for students in business, economics, environmental and/or sustainability programs.
Every semester, Manomet trains students to develop essential career skills and knowledge of practical sustainability. Students learn about small business practices and management; the economic and environmental challenges for small businesses; and the benefits to small businesses of a ‘triple-bottom line’ approach (economic, social, environmental). Through training and ‘mock interviews’, students build their professional relationship and communication skills so that they are well prepared to work with businesses. Students then research and interview small businesses from a variety of industries to examine their current practices.
Using Manomet’s online sustainability platform Root360, Manomet generates a customized sustainability report for each business and follows-up with the businesses to discuss their scores and tools for improving their sustainability.
To conclude the program, each student selects one business and creates a Case Study and Sustainability Action Plan, which they present to a panel of small business leaders. Throughout the semester, students learn sustainability strategies and tools that they can also apply to their homes, workplaces, and their local communities. This leads to the program’s ultimate goal of training the next generation to apply practical sustainability wherever possible and create a more sustainable world.
For more information, visit root360.org/u360/.
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