Dr. Sharon Hanna-West
Director of Sustainable Business
Sharon Hanna-West is a Muma College of Business graduate programs faculty member and an affiliate for the USF Center for Entrepreneurship and the Patel College of Global Sustainability. She also teaches in the USF Muma College of Business-Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola program in Lima, Peru. She is the former USF Exide Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics and Sustainability.
Active in growth management and sustainability issues, she studies sustainable business solutions to respond to the challenges posed by climate change, with a goal of making them affordable and profitable. She coordinated USF’s first business and sustainability symposium in 2006, which brought area businesses into a dialogue about sustainability. She then chaired a multi-disciplinary sustainability expo at the USF SunDome in 2008 and a state-wide sustainability conference and expo in 2009.
Hanna-West holds a JD from the University of Florida, where she focused on environmental law. She later founded a corporation engaged in international trade. Hanna-West developed the Building Sustainable Enterprise concentration for the USF MBA program and teaches several related courses. She is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on business sustainability, ethics, and environmentally friendly business practices.
GEB 6457 – Ethics, Law and Sustainable Business Practices
GEB 6930 – Environmental Law and Issues for Sustainable Enterprise
GEB 6445 – Social, Ethical, Legal Systems
Hanna-West’s work has been focused on engaging key stakeholders in the process of positive change and facilitating a shared, strategic vision among business leaders. She has directed student sustainability applied research on many corporations and organizations such as Lykes Industries, Mote Marine, and the City of Tampa, giving students opportunities to apply tools learned in the classroom to real life cases and improve the organizations sustainable performance. Hanna-West works individually with many students on Directed Studies focusing on various organizational sustainability initiatives, and mentors several study abroad students.
- Coordinated the first Building Sustainable Enterprise symposium at USF in April 2006 that expanded into a multi-discipline business sustainability symposium in 2007
- Formed a committee and partnered with the Hillsborough City/County Planning Commission to host the first Getting Green by Going Green business sustainability expo at the USF Sun Dome
- Co-chaired the USF Sustainability Steering Committee which led to the creation of the USF Office of Sustainability
- Chaired the committees that hosted the combined statewide Campus and Community Sustainability Conference and Business EXPO in October 2009
- Member of the Mayor’s Energy Task Force 2010
- Member of the USF Reputation Task Force 2011
- Faculty Advisor for USF Net Impact
- Member of the USF Sustainability Steering committee
- Member of the USF Community Engagement Committee
- Member of the USF Brazil Task Force for IAPP
- Chair of the President’s Council on Academic Integrity 2011 – present