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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Lisa Shpritz (MBA ’05) Featured in The Green Workplace

Read a recent interview with Lisa Shpritz (MBA ’05) in The Green Workplace: “Interview with Lisa Shpritz, Environmental Risk and Sustainability Executive at Bank of America,” by Jodi “Millennial 4 Earth” Williams. Learn about: Lisa’s current role as Environmental Risk and Sustainability Executive as part of Bank of America’s Corporate Workplace Group: “My role is twofold: running an environmental risk group that manages environmental compliance and a sustainability team that focuses on integrating environmental practices and principles into the way Bank of America does business.” Her advice for current MBA students: “For any students who may be reading this post: one of the areas with great future opportunities is sustainability marketing. There are lots of architects, designers, and scientists with Read More

UNC Awarded NC Energy Office Grant to Fund 60 Internships

UNC’s Developing Energy Leaders Through Action (DELTA) will provide more than 60 undergraduate and graduate internships focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency over the next two years including three year-long full time fellowships for recent graduates, and a combination of summer and school-year internships. Students from across campus will be able to participate in applied research and direct assistance work across the state for groups ranging from UNC-Chapel Hill to Fortune 500 energy companies to local and state governments to non-governmental organizations. The State Energy Office is providing $324,736 for DELTA and the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee also plans to support DELTA by allocating a portion of each student’s $4 renewable energy fee for additional funding. Find out more in Read More

Henry McKoy (BSBA ’95) Nominated NC Assistant Secretary of Commerce

N.C. Secretary of Commerce J. Keith Crisco nominated Henry McKoy (BSBA ’95), chairman and CEO of Fourth-Sector Financial, a North Carolina-based financial services corporation focused on the green and sustainability sectors, as Commerce’s new assistant secretary for community development. Below is a profile of Mr. McKoy for the Spring 2010 Issue of UNC Business Magazine. Someone has been watching what Henry McKoy (BSBA ‘95) has been doing to encourage businesses to pay attention to the triple bottom line. Word went all the way up to President Obama, who invited McKoy to the White House last spring to discuss how sustainable enterprise fits with the new economy. “I hope President Obama takes to heart the opportunity to be successful using the Read More

Nudging Toward Sustainability

When talking about sustainability, the initial structure of company and government policies/programs matter.  Nudge, a book by two economists at U. Chicago (Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein), has helped put this truth into view for me.  When it comes to making decisions, people do what’s easy for them – the path of least resistance.  For example, for retirement 401K programs, when people are opted-in automatically, the likelihood of participation in this beneficial retirement savings program increases 3-5 times. Which gets me thinking: what simple changes could we make structurally to nudge people towards important sustainability actions, such as socially responsible investing (SRI) or reduced energy use?  With SRI, what if progressive organizations, such as B Corporations, made their default 401K Read More