9
Feb
2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Certifying Sustainability and Transparency

On February 5th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Eric Henry, President of TS Designs. TS offers the most sustainable t-shirts and printing options on the planet. They use organic cotton, recycled materials and even an organic  “dirt to shirt” grown and made in North Carolina shirts and use water based inks. They also use on site solar, wind and compost power to power much of their facilities.

Eric has always had a heart for farming and gardening from a little kid- despite the fact he grew up in a large city. He started out thinking he would study agriculture – but his journey led him to cotton, shirts and sustainability. "Creating profitable, scalable businesses that respect all stake-holders is at the core of the Bard MBA's mission."  Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard MBA in Sustainability

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

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29
Dec
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays - Community Supported Industry: From Supply Chain to Supply Loop

On December 18th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Susan Witt, Executive Director and Alice Maggio Local Currency Program Director, Schumacher Center for a New Economics when we will discuss a citizen-driven approach that uses “import replacement” as a strategy for local economic development.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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7
Dec
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Building a Sustainable EMS System

On December 4th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Bill Compton, Vice President of EMS Operation, Grady EMS. Grady EMS is one of the largest providers of pre-hospital care in the southeast handling approximately 110,000 requests annually for emergency services dispatched at the appropriate life threatening response level as determined through Emergency Medical Dispatch.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

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1
Dec
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays - Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Business Model Innovation for More Sustainable Outcomes

On November 20th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Cristiano Resende De Oliveira, Sustainability Consultant at FibriaRochelle March, MS/MBA '15, Analyst at SustainAbility.

Many companies that are flourishing financially today are inherently unsustainable. Despite laudable efforts to make their processes or products more sustainable, no amount of renewable energy sourcing or green product engineering, for example, can change that. There is an opportunity to do business differently, but it requires moving beyond mere product or process innovations for sustainability. 

SustainAbility’s latest research Model Behavior II: Strategies to Rewire Business outlines key forces influencing business model innovation for sustainability, the pivotal role of company culture to foster innovation, and distinct actions that internal innovators can undertake to advance the development of more sustainable business models. 

Featuring in-depth case studies about large, multinational companies, this report demonstrates how Fortune 500 companies can innovate their business models for sustainability. The first case study is that of Fibria, a multinational pulp and paper company that has successfully changed company mindsets about how to use its forest assets, and is diversifying to become a sustainable land and forest steward. 

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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11
Nov
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Leading from Your Legacy, Your Personal and Collective Vision for World Healing

On November 6th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Lev Natan, Sacred Business Coach, The Medicine Tree about leading from your legacy.

What does it mean to have a legacy? How do we consciously create a legacy and walk it out into the world? Why is it so important to be thinking in terms of legacy at this time in our world, and how does it relate to business, leadership, and sustainability? 

Lev Natan is certified both as an Empowerment Life Coach and Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner, and works with change-makers, pioneers, innovators, natural leaders and trailblazers who are devoted to growing the emerging culture through a sustainable livelihood, and are striving to ground their visionary ideas into practical plans that embody the essence of their purpose. As a Sacred Business Coach, he works with entrepreneurs & solo practitioners on heart-centered visioning, action plans, messaging & program development; business-owners & their teams on leadership, collective vision planning, and creating an inspiring work culture; organizational & corporate professionals on infusing their work with their calling or making the transition to their life’s work full-time; and retired professionals on creating a legacy of contribution to the future.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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2
Nov
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Changing Tastes - Sustainability in Food Systems with Arlin Wasserman

On October 30th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Arlin Wasserman, founder of Changing Tastes on sustainability in food systems.

Changing Tastes is a consultancy that helps it clients find opportunity and realize value at the intersection of the five major drivers of change in our food system: sustainability, public health, information technology, demographics and the changing role of the culinary professional. The firm’s insights are the basis for the strategy, innovation, sustainability and performance management services it provides to Fortune 500 and growth stage food companies, public and private investors, and nongovernmental organizations.

Arlin also is chair of the Sustainable Business Leadership Council for Menus of Change, a joint initiative of the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Public Health and a fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at the Virginia Polytechnic University.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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5
Oct
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Building a Cleaner Clean with Saskia van Gendt, Greenskeeping Manager for Method Home

On October 2nd, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Saskia van Gendt, Greenskeeping Manager for Method Home.  Method Home makes beautiful cleaning products that are as kind to the planet as they are tough on dirt. The company recently opened the industry’s first LEED-platinum certified plant in the South Side of Chicago. Join us to learn more about how Method is setting the standard for clean manufacturing.

Saskia is Captain Planet for Method Products PBC based in San Francisco, California. Method designs cleaning and personal care products that work for people and the planet. With a background in lifecycle analysis and systems thinking, Saskia applies the science of sustainability with the strategy of business to influence and improve all aspects of company operations. She leads greenskeeping projects for North America covering packaging, ingredients, supply chain, green building, and third-party certifications through Cradle to Cradle and B Corp. Prior to Method, Saskia led material sustainability projects in packaging and green building at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Dial in: 845-746-2287 (no need to enter a pin to join the call)

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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29
Sep
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Certifying Sustainability and Transparency with Catherine Sheehy, Program Manager, UL Environment

On September 25th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Catherine Sheehy, Program Manager from UL Environment.

UL advances the recognition of sustainable products and drives purchaser clarity by bringing trusted transparency to the green marketplace. We will explore the shifting landscape and growing importance of independent safety science as we enter a world filled with new, more sustainable technologies.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Dial in: 845-746-2287 (no need to enter a pin to join the call)

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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4
Sep
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Manoj Fenelon - The Gospel of Doubt

On September 4th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Manoj Fenelon, Director of Foresight & Innovation for PepsiCo about The Gospel of Doubt.

In a world teeming with answers, Manoj helps ask good questions that catalyze and channel collective imagination. He has a graduate degree in the study of emotion and has absorbed lessons from experiences across advertising, academia, market research, business strategy, insights and innovation (none of which approach the educational value of starting and running a foresight practice at the world’s 44th biggest company). Manoj is also a First Mover (Intrapreneurship) Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and believes that business – oriented purposefully – can be a net asset to society.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Dial in: 845-746-2287 (no need to enter a pin to join the call)

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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24
Jun
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Leave the World a Better Place: Art and Technology for Sustainability

On May 1st we spoke with Baldev Duggal, founder and CEO of Lumi•Solair about art and technology for sustainability.

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