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Alumni Reflections: Jeff Mittelstadt

By Jeff Mittelstadt (MBA ’07) Traditional career paths…no, thank you. I was never able to find a traditional career path that suited my interests. Sustainability and entrepreneurship allowed me to create my own career journey. I feel forever indebted to Kenan-Flagler Business School for providing me with the skills and confidence to do what I want to do and to enjoy the steps along the way to get where I want to be. I learned that I could create my own career with the power of the skills I obtained along with the improvement of the for-profit world’s understanding that the triple bottom line of sustainability can drive innovation, progress and success. While I am about to write about the Read More

Sustainability Research in Practice: Is Servicization a Win-Win Strategy? Profitability and Environmental Implications of Servicization

By Ting Ting Eeo (Undergraduate Net Impact President, Environmental Studies Major, Business Minor ’15) As part of the Center for Sustainable Enterprises 15th Anniversary, they are hosting a series of Sustainability Research in Practice sessions featuring current research by UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty and its practical application for businesses and enterprises. As sustainable business becomes more attractive, the companies that stand out are the ones that integrate innovative processes within their business models. Lindsay James of Interface, a modular carpet production company,  and Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Dr. Vinayak Deshpande presented on Sustainability Research in Practice, specifically about the concept of Servicization. Servicization is the idea of selling the functionality of a product instead of selling the product itself. Dr. Deshpande explained it Read More

NC Clean Tech Podcast #4 with Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

By Janet Hammond, Center for Sustainable Enterprise The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is the voice for North Carolina’s clean energy industry. The organization unites and empowers leaders across industry sectors to drive public policy and market development that motivates clean energy growth and economic development.  NCSEA’s “Making Energy Work” annual conference will be held in Charlotte on October 1 and 2. Having led the NCSEA as Executive Director since 2005, Ivan Urlaub is welcomed as the next speaker in the NC Clean tech Podcast Series. Ivan discusses North Carolina’s growing clean energy economy and spotlights some of the research underway at area universities in the clean energy field. Listen to the Podcast The second annual NC Clean Tech Summit Read More

Back to School Means Back to the Triple Bottom Line

By Carol Hee, Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise As a professor at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, I’m often asked whether I believe sustainability is a trend.  As someone who stays informed about current business issues, I know it’s not a trend with an end in sight; and, as director of Kenan-Flagler’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise, I can proudly assert that, for us, sustainability is a tradition, not a trend.  During this academic year, we are celebrating our 15th anniversary of shaping business leaders who do well by doing good, thinking beyond the bottom line, and building and understanding the business case for incorporating social and environmental concerns into business strategy. Read More

WHOLE HOG: The Power of Pork

By Dree Deacon (BSBA ’15 Major Business Journalism, Minor Social and Economic Justice)    Dree’s work this past summer was supported by a fellowship grant from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable Enterprise.   When I tell people I spent my summer writing about hogs, I’m met with strange looks. I joined a team called Powering a Nation in early May 2014. Powering a Nation, based at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication, annually forms a savvy lineup of current and aspiring journalists and designers who have a passion for the political, economic and scientific impact of working US citizens on this country’s consumption of energy and hopes for sustainability. This year’s project was called Whole Hog: The Power Read More

From Idea to Actualization: A Sustainability Impact Story at Kenan-Flagler Business School

By Bridget Brennan (MBA ’14) and Solomon DeLeon (MBA ’14) During a meeting in the fall of 2012 between Tracy Triggs-Matthews, Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Career Management Center Associate Director, Katrin Baker, Katrin stepped out to refill her water bottle. When she returned, she said, “Wouldn’t it be great if we had those water bottle refilling stations here at Kenan-Flagler?” This question instigated a 2 year project culminating in a new station and refill attachments to drinking fountains throughout the business school. In early meetings of the MBA Net Impact Greening Committee in 2012, committee members agreed with Katrin  and Tracy that the bottle filling options in the McColl Building were limited. MBA Class of Read More

Celebrating 15 Years of Accomplishments at the Center for Sustainable Enterprise

For 15 years the Center for Sustainable Enterprise has been a global leader in Sustainability. Below are important milestones achieved by the faculty, staff, alumni and students at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School over the course of the Center’s history. Please join us this year for special events to help us celebrate our work to build shareholder value while exercising environmental stewardship and promoting societal well-being. Center for Sustainable Enterprise Milestones 1999 Created Environmental Business Initiative Hosted Greening of Industry International Network Conference James Johnson, Jr. wins Faculty Pioneer Award from the Aspen Institute 2000 Hosted first annual Sustainable Enterprise Career Fair Created Sustainable Enterprise MBA Concentration 2001 Formed Center for Sustainable Enterprise Hosted annual national Net Impact Conference Launched Base Read More

Celebrating 15 Years as Global Leaders in Sustainability

For 15 years, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise has been a leader in the research, education and application of sustainability for UNC students and alumni, the state of North Carolina, and partners around the world. Kenan-Flagler Business School’s ‘triple bottom line’ approach empowers businesses to derive competitive advantage by building strong shareholder value, environmental stewardship, and societal well-being. Throughout the course of this academic year, there will be highlighted events and activities to showcase our continued strength and leadership in Sustainable Enterprise. Please join one of our social media networks: LinkedIn or Facebook to stay apprised of opportunities to participate in the conversation. The History The Center for Sustainable Enterprise’s formal efforts to spread knowledge and use Read More

NC Cleantech Podcast #3 with Lee Anne Nance, Executive VP Research Triangle Regional Partnership

Leading in smart grid, smart water and smart transportation, the North Carolina Research Triangle region boasts over 500 companies that employ thousands of North Carolinian’s in what is referred to as the Cleantech sector. (www.researchtrianglecleantech.org) The pace of innovation resulting from collaborations between start-ups, universities, and established companies are giving the area the competitive economic edge to be noticed worldwide as leaders in the Cleantech space. The next highlight in the Cleantech Podcast series, is a conversation with  Lee Anne Nance, Executive Vice President, Research Triangle Regional Partnership. Lee Anne discusses the role of higher education in the Triangle Region’s economic growth and how the clean tech sector represents an emerging industry for jobs. The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) is a business-driven, Read More

Utility Debt Risk – Part II

By Katie Bradshaw (MBA UNC Kenan-Flagler/MEM Duke University ’15) This is Part 2 of a 2 part blog post on utility financial risk shared from the Environmental Finance Center. Part 1 focuses on utility revenue risk, and Part 2 focuses on utility debt risk. In the first blog post on utility financial risk, we discussed how debt risk in addition to revenue risk were significant contributing factors in the Energy Future Holdings bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy of a leveraged buyout on record. While it is relatively rare for utilities to declare bankruptcy, it is not unusual for utilities to carry high levels of debt. In fact, utilities often have capital structures with high amounts of debt combined with highly rated credit Read More