Background

Dr. Drobny  began an academic career about 12 years ago after several decades of environmental consulting.  He teaches graduate and undergraduate course in sustainable business practices in the Fisher College of Business   Additionally, Dr. Drobnyl was appointed the first Director of the EEDS (Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability) program which has become the fastest growing major on campus, and is now larger than some departments.  More recently he has undertaken development of the Sustainability Innovation Virtual Lab which will bring experiential learning in sustainability to Ohio State students. In recognition of his work with undergraduates he received the 2013 Undergraduate Service Award from the Fisher College of Business.  In 2016 he received recognition for a service learning partnership in sustainability that he built between Ohio State and Hexion, Inc. a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals.

Prior to launching his academic Dr. Drobny was executive director of two small recycling organizations -- The Association of Ohio Recyclers and the Waste Not Center.  Earlier in his career Dr. Drobny founded and served as CEO of a regional environmental consulting firm.  Additionally, he worked at Battelle where he contributed to development of one of the first formal environmental impacts assessment tools.

Dr. Drobny is a Certified Sustainable Professional, by written examination given by the International Society for Sustainability Professionals.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategy Development
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • The Circular Economy
  • Ecosystem Services Valuation
  • Sustainable Materials Management
  • Development of EHS Management Systems
  • Employee Engagement in Sustainability
  • High Performance Buildings
  • Product Stewardship
  • Product Takeback
  • Supply Chain Sustainability
  • Certifications and Rankings
  • Renewable Energy

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Engineering Science, Dartmouth College

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

  • Master of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering Dartmouth College

  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, The Ohio State University

Courses

  • BUSADM 3640.01 - Introduction to Sustainability in Business I: Principles and Concepts

    An introduction to the topic of sustainability in business. Prereq: Must be in Business Industry Cluster Program.

  • BUSADM 3640.01E - Introduction to Sustainability in Business I: Principles and Concepts

    An introduction to the topic of sustainability in business. Prereq: Admission to BSBA Honors Contract Industry Cluster Program.

  • BUSADM 3640.02 - Introduction to Sustainability in Business I: Principles and Concepts

    An introduction to the topic of sustainability in business. Prereq: ENR 2500 or AEDEcon 2500. Not open to students with credit for BusMHR 504.01, 504.02 or 694.11 or BusAdm 3640.01.

  • BUSADM 3642.01 - Introduction to Sustainability in Business II: Applications, Solutions and Project Experience

    Field projects on sustainable business issues. Prereq: 3640.01, or permission of instructor.

  • BUSADM 3642.01E - Introduction to Sustainability in Business II: Applications, Solutions and Project Experience

    An introduction to the topic of sustainability in business with a concentration on the applications and solutions. Prereq: 3640.01E, and admission to BSBA Honors Contract Industry Cluster Program. Not open to students with credit for 3640.02 or 3642.02.

  • BUSADM 3642.02 - Introduction to Sustainability in Business II: Applications, Solutions and Project Experience

    Field projects on sustainable business issues. Prereq: 3640.02, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for BusMHR 504.03 or 694.13.

  • BUSMHR 7640 - Strategies for Business Sustainability: Principles and Concepts

    Examination of the principles and concepts involved in developing sustainable businesses. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 841.