On April 30th, at the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Sustainable Enterprise Enrichment Concentration ceremony, Dean James Dean and Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) Faculty Director Albert Segars presented the 2013 Distinguished Alumni in Sustainability Award to Lisa Shpritz (MBA ’05), Senior Vice President, Environmental Operations Executive at Bank of America.
Upon learning about that she was selected as the award recipient, Lisa said “I was truly surprised and deeply honored. I am so proud to be a part of the UNC Kenan-Flagler family, and I look forward to continuing to represent and support the university for years to come.” It is no surprise that Lisa comes from a family of very involved alumni. Her parents impressed upon her the importance of giving back. According to Lisa, “they have both been very active volunteers for their schools for many years, and through their example, I have learned how powerful the gift of one’s time can be.”
The Distinguished Alumni in Sustainability Award was created by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise as a way to recognize UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni who are making extraordinary professional contributions to the field of sustainable enterprise, demonstrating exemplary service to UNC Kenan-Flagler, and inspiring the UNC Kenan-Flagler community. Lisa was selected as the award recipient by a vote of the 22 member CSE Operations Committee Members from a pool of 5 nominees. Lisa truly exemplefies the award criteria. She has served as a career coach to MBAs advising students interested in careers in environmental operations. She has worked to recruit MBAs from Kenan-Flagler to work at Bank of America. Lisa has also returned to campus to speak at several Kenan-Flagler events including the 2012 Carolina Women in Business Conference. She has also partnered with the Center for Sustainable Enterprise to work on several major student consulting projects with Bank of America.
At Bank of America, Lisa is responsible for the identification, measurement and reduction of adverse environmental impacts from the bank’s global operations in 42 countries. She works across the bank’s 270,000 employees, 8000 buildings and 118 million ft2 of occupied space to facilitate, implement and track progress towards public and internal sustainability goals including reduction in GHG emissions and natural resource use. Graham Carroll (MBA ’14), who worked on a recent Bank of America student project, says “working with Lisa has been a great pleasure. I’m particularly amazed at her ability to navigate the complexities of managing Bank of America’s environmental footprint. She is clearly a forward thinker and draws heavily on her business prowess and experience in sustainability to make Bank of America an environmental leader.”
According to Lisa, “I am continually inspired by this community and by the extraordinary work of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise. Business holds the key to solving many sustainability challenges, and it gives me great hope to know that UNC Kenan-Flagler is providing so many business students the tools necessary to truly change the world.” We hope that students and other alumni will see Lisa as an example of the power of the Kenan-Flagler community to drive change in the business world and here at home.