IGEL Mission


The Wharton-led, Penn-wide Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) promotes knowledge for business sustainability. IGEL works with a diverse and interdisciplinary network to develop and disseminate innovative research and business practices to solve the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet. IGEL also interfaces with top alumni and with academic, corporate, government, and non-government organizations to drive business policies and practices on a global scale. With our partners, IGEL facilitates knowledge for action, life-long learning and impact through world-class research, transformative teaching of future leaders, and public outreach regarding best business practices.


IGEL provides a closed, interactive forum for business leaders with high-level environmental responsibilities to consult together on a regular basis while academic leaders from Wharton and Penn faculty and selected experts from emerging areas of sustainable business.  IGEL organizes annual conferences that include a hands-on workshop component, and a monthly seminar series where business leaders are invited to speak about the best practices in their field. These events create a two-way conversation between faculty, students, and business and NGO professionals.


IGEL coordinates the business and sustainability curriculum for MBA and undergraduate students and works to expand the University’s course offerings in this area. As part of its goals to deliver a multitude of perspectives on business sustainability, IGEL sponsors and works with several student groups such as the Wharton Energy Club, the Wharton International Volunteer Program, wH2O: the Journal of Gender & Water, and Wharton Ventures. IGEL also delivers academic advising, internship opportunities and networking opportunities. Additionally, IGEL facilitates and sponsors student research.