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Sustainability has become the new buzzword at business schools in the past few years, with dozens of MBA programs offering classes, clubs, and projects on the topic.The number of schools that require students to take a course dedicated to business and society issues has doubled since 2001, jumping to 69 percent in 2009, according to the Aspen Institute's 2009 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Survey, a biennial ranking of the best green MBA programs. Beyond the classroom, student interest continues to grow. There are 170 student-run chapters of the sustainability-oriented nonprofit Net Impact at graduate MBA programs around the world, and students are doing everything from completing new responsible management certificates to taking electives on such topics as Sustainable Supply Chain Management, according to a 2010 Net Impact report.

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