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Highlights from the 2009 Net Impact Conference at Cornell

For me, the best parts of this year’s conference were in the facts shared that drive home ways to profit from sustainability as well as facts that shine light on growing market needs for the future.  I will share a few: 1)    Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE, shared that in 1982 10% of US GDP was related to financial services and by 2001 had grown to 45%.  He said the way forward is for the US to become an exporter again, this time of high tech products that emerging markets want to buy to develop sustainably.  He also said how important venture capital is to the economy and how little VC money is being sent to renewable energy.  Perhaps his Read More

Careers in Sustainability

On Friday, October 23, a panel of local entrepreneurs and VCs spoke about careers in sustainability.  Cody Nystrom of SJF Ventures served as our moderator, and members of the panel included: Robert Creighton of Windlift Luke Fishback of Plotwatt.com Henry McKoy of Fourth Sector Bancorp Bret Batchelder of Cherokee Investment Partners Tina Prevatte, NC Choices Shawn Slome, Twig We had an impressive panel to close out the day with several seasoned entrepreneurs that have both founded their own companies and led success at bigger businesses by thinking entrepreneurially.  Some of the highlights of what these innovative folks shared with us is below. Bret walked us through 4 things he thought every MBA should do: 1)    Take an honest assessment of Read More

Job Skills in a Carbon Constrained World

Last week the Energy Club here hosted another excellent event.  Kristel Dorion, a graduate of the Executive MBA program, and John Lott, a professor of sustainable enterprise at Kenan-Flagler, conducted a presentation about the always near carbon market. Kristel’s company, Energetix Climate, produces high quality carbon offsets in Latin America.  She is originally from Guatemala City and is working on both small scale hydro and methane capture projects in both Guatemala and southern Mexico.  She has been trying to combat climate change since the Rio Summit in 1992 and has a wealth of experience working on the juxtaposition between climate and sustainable development issues. As a person interested in both impact investing and climate change I have always wondered about Read More