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Center for Sustainable Business and Development

311 Conference Center Bldg.
Knoxville, TN USA 37996-4134

Phone: 865.974.0505
Fax: 865.974.1838

CSBD - Center for Sustainable Business and Development

The vision of the Center for Sustainable Business and Development (CSBD) is to be the leader in the field of sustainable business and development research and outreach in the southeastern region of the United State and a nationally and globally recognized leader in the field.

CSBD is devoted to the implementation of innovative and sustainable business practices. Through excellent services and research efforts provided with the utmost integrity, CSBD’s goal is to provide operational solutions, improve the quality of life, and develop sustainable business models and green development via interdisciplinary research, community collaboration, leadership, and education.

From the Director

picture of Rachel ChenRachel J.C. Chen, Ph.D, CHE
Director and Professor, Center for Sustainable Business and Development

Colleagues, friends, and partners of the Center for Sustainable Business and Development (CSBD), welcome aboard!

CSBD is the place that partners with you to help turn your vision for your business into a reality in a way that benefits everyone, now and in the future.

Our focus is to develop innovative processes designed to support profitable, sustainable growth in business and development, from green product development to sustainable business models.

CSBD engages in research and outreach projects with collaborative partners and communities around the globe to develop and promote products and services that emphasize sustainability.

We design and market processes for collecting data from residents/communities and non-residents/visitors, create multi-disciplinary teams, and develop integrated systems that bridge the gaps among research institutes, communities, and stakeholders. We are building a sustainable community center that will provide hands-on experiences and explore forecasts focused on innovative technologies, sustainable business practices, and sustainable development.

The Center for Sustainable Business and Development is grateful for your support and we look forward to working with you to help you achieve the strategic objectives of your business in a way that meets the needs of your customers, employees, stakeholders, and society as a whole.

For more information about me, visit my staff page.

CSBD News!

Call for Papers—CSBD Director, Rachel Chen, is guest editor for a Special Issue of the journal Sustainability with the theme "The Impacts of Climate Changes: From Sustainability Perspectives." The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2016.


From Dr. Randall W. Gentry, former Director, Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE)--
The formation of the Center for Sustainable Business and Development (CSBD) offers a strong new addition to the ISSE research group. Dr. Rachel J.C. Chen is the founding Director and brings a wealth of experience and energy to the group. CSBD will provide a mechanism for building the research program associated with an interdisciplinary emphasis that combines business, development, and sustainability science. ISSE and CSBD will be able to leverage these activities to form new public-private partnerships, and explore new directions of innovation from a business-science perspective. I look forward to the partnership and helping Dr. Chen achieve the goals identified for CSBD.

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