UNC Kenan-Flagler Sustainability Blog

Sustainability Exchange at Copenhagen Business School

March 31, 2014 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews Cindy Frantz (MBA '15)

By Cindy Frantz (MBA ’15) Over spring break, seven UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA students teamed up with a group of Duke Fuqua MBA students to participate in an exchange program with the Copenhagen Business School.  We traveled to Denmark for a week-long course on sustainability with a focus on Scandinavian companies. Each morning we discussed a different topic or case related to sustainable business, and each afternoon we visited a Scandinavian business to hear about various approaches and successes related to their sustainability efforts.  We learned about IKEA’s response to child labor accusations from Marianne Barner—the executive tasked with managing IKEA’s internal and external efforts to remedy the crisis.  We visited the corporate headquarters of the global shipping company Maersk, where Read More

Register for the 2014 Global Sustainability Symposium, April 2 & 3

March 25, 2014 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews

The Story of Cities: Global and Local Perspectives on the Quest for Sustainable and Thriving Communities April 2 & 3, 2014 Varsity Theater and FedEx Global Education Center University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Free and Open to the Public Register Join this year’s global sustainability symposium The Story of Cities: Global and Local Perspectives on the Quest for Thriving and Sustainable Communities to examine the factors that create healthy and innovative communities where people and businesses thrive across the globe. Participants will learn from the examples of Dubai, Mumbai, Shanghai, The Hague, and Durham. The program’s goal is to stimulate conversation and inspire innovation in community building. Key Features Thought leaders and experts share their insights Discussion of innovative models from Read More

HSH.com Interview with Dr. Christopher Wedding: Should You Go Green?

March 11, 2014 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews Dr. Christopher Wedding, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship

Dr. Christopher Wedding, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, was recently interviewed by HSH.com on making the decision to ‘go green’ when either building or pursuing home improvement projects. Below is an excerpt from the article. The full interview can be viewed here.   A recent report from Harvard University says that home improvement projects are expected to post strong gains throughout 2014. As more homeowners embark on home-improvement projects, the decision of whether or not to “go green” becomes more prevalent. Likewise, more and more first-time homebuyers are deciding to either buy newly built green homes or set extra money aside to make green improvements. According to the 2013 Green Builder Media study, “Consumers Read More

Small Steps, Big Wins for Undergraduate Net Impact Club at UNC Chapel Hill

February 18, 2014 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews Ting Ting Eeo, 2014-15 Undergraduate Net Impact President

By Ting Ting Eeo (Environmental Studies major, Business minor 15′) Among the many exciting programs the Undergraduate Net Impact Club established this year, was its participation in the nationwide Small Steps, Big Wins (SSBW) contest, a sustainability competition hosted by the national Net Impact organization. Last semester, Net Impact sought to encourage more students to think about the environmental and social impact they could make through sustainable actions from riding the bus, to volunteering in the community. Using the myActions website as a social network to both record actions and connect with other SSBW participants, students were able to raise money for non-profits and see how many pounds of CO2 they reduced. The Net Impact team invited several environmental and Read More

Sustainability Resolutions for 2014 – Undergraduate Students

February 3, 2014 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews

This is the third in a series of resolutions from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School students from across the various programs on their sustainability-focused goals for 2014. What are your resolutions for this upcoming year? Shalini Chudasama  (BSBA, Chemistry Minor ’14, CSE Leadership Fellow, President Undergraduate Net Impact, GLOBE Scholar) Three of my resolutions this year that have a sustainability-bent to them are: 1. In restrooms with paper towels and not air dryers, to only use one paper towel and teach others how to do the same (see this TED talk). 2. Have at least 80% of my ingredients in meals I cook be locally and sustainably produced/harvested. 3. Before critiquing the sustainability practices of any company, to do research as to any Read More

Sustainability Resolutions for 2014 – Full-time Students

January 22, 2014 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews Elisa Elkind (MBA '15)

This is the second in a series of resolutions from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School students from across the various programs on their sustainability-focused goals for 2014. What are your resolutions for this upcoming year? Elisa Elkind (MBA ’15, CSE Leadership Fellow, Forte Fellow ) This year I plan to purchase mostly seasonal and local fruits, vegetables, and meats. Since moving to North Carolina it has taken me longer than I expected to learn which items/animals are farmed nearby, and what their local seasons are. This is largely due, of course!, to my packed business school schedule; it has been more convenient to buy and cook similar items (from the grocery store) week to week, than to make it out to the Read More

Sustainability Resolutions for 2014 – Online and Weekend MBA Students

January 13, 2014 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews James Antoniono, MBA@UNC '14

This is the first in a series of resolutions from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School students from across the various programs on their sustainability-focused goals for 2014. What are your resolutions for this upcoming year? By James Antoniono, MBA@UNC ’14 I have several goals I would like to achieve by the end of 2014.  As expected, they revolve around school, work, and my personal life.  With regards to school, I hope to: Create an appropriate set of criteria for MBA@UNC students to become CSE Leadership Fellows Coordinate and advertise for online students to attend on-campus seminars and conferences Begin the process of forming a leadership team to create the first online Net Impact Club Continue to grow our membership and raise Read More

Business is the Solution

December 19, 2013 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews John Replogle, CEO & President of Seventh Generation

By Alex Dixon (UNC class of 2014)   Solutions to global challenges will come from business.   That is the vision of John Replogle, CEO and president of Seventh Generation, the green-cleaning pioneer, and former CEO of Burt’s Bees.   Replogle asked MBA students to name highly functioning global political organizations during a talk at UNC Kenan-Flagler. No one answered.     Next he asked them to name highly functioning global corporate organizations. They had lots of answers this time.     “Business has got to be the fulcrum, the centerpiece, the solution set to wrestling with and solving these global issues,” Replogle said. “I believe business is the most powerful force on earth.”     Businesses have to expand Read More

The Winding Path to a Sustainable Career in the Energy Space

November 11, 2013 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews

By Chelsey Dulaney, UNC Class of 2014   When Charlie Nobles (EMBA ’00) looks back at his career, he sees a convoluted path.   Nobles, marketing director at Sensus, had jumped from jobs in vehicle suspension to telecom to energy when he found himself at a crossroads.   “I found myself in the middle space between energy and technology,” said Nobles, who now works with smart grid technology.   Nobles spoke to UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA students at the 12th annual Careers in Sustainability Forum, an event that showcases professionals who work at the intersection of business and sustainability, on Nov. 1. The Center for Sustainable Enterprise, MBA Career Management Center and the MBA Net Impact Club hosted the forum.   Read More

Experts at the Crossroads of Real Estate & Sustainability

November 5, 2013 By Tracy Triggs-Matthews

Guest post by Caylor Mark (MBA ’14)   On Friday, November 1st, UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Net Impact Club and Center for Sustainable Enterprise hosted its 12th Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum with panels on Energy, Impact Investing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Real Estate, Consulting and Entrepreneurship along with a keynote by the founder of B-Lab, Bart Houlahan. The Real Estate Panel moderated by Wood Center Executive Director Jim Spaeth was featured in the morning agenda.   Covering both local and national markets, panelists Michael Lemanski (Executive MBA ‘04), Tucker Bartlett (MBA ‘03), and Michael Skena (MBA ’11) discussed their roles in shaping communities from a real estate development and lending perspective.   As Founder of Greenfire Development, Lemanski has been at the forefront Read More