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Sponsor a CASSE Project

The SEP’s overarching objectives for capstone consulting engagements are to maximize the value our students provide to the client organizations and provide an outstanding learning experience for the students.

The CASSE capstone course (BUA/ECS 759/EST 796, Sustainability-Driven Enterprise) includes a semester-long strategic engagement between small teams of graduate students (3-4 per team) and companies, addressing an applied sustainability-focused business problem. The teams are cross-functional, with representatives from Whitman, SUNY-ESF, ECS, the Maxwell School, etc. During the course of the semester, each team is expected to invest approximately 250 hours toward the completion of the project. Students are not compensated for their work. 

The key project phases are agreement on scope of work, data collection, data summary and analysis, and feedback and recommendations. Clients provide a point person who works with the team to accomplish these steps. Teams have weekly contact with their point persons; this interaction ranges from a face-to-face meeting (live or online) to discuss and clarify the project parameters, objectives, and support/involvement that will be needed from the client to a concise email providing the status of data collection. We hope that one or more client representatives will attend the final presentations in early May. 

As an instructor of record for BUA/ECS 759/EST 796, Todd Moss works with the students throughout the semester. Todd is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at the Whitman School and the Faculty Director of the SEP.  Other faculty from Whitman, ECS, and SUNY-ESF provide content-specific guidance and participate in two progress workshops. 

We invite you to submit a project proposal to be considered for an upcoming class: Form