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Free webinar series on sustainable business, Syrian education entrepreneur and the $500 million chocolate fix

April 17, 2018

As the Director of Sustainability at the Smeal College of Business, it is my responsibility to keep my mind constantly steeping in a solution of:  1 part business, 1 part technology, and 1 part each of environmental and social impact, including emerging science, news and events.  (Stir together and steep for years until it reaches desired level of understanding).  


In "That's News to Me" I share what I am reading with the growing Triple Bottom Lion community. I just finished Eliyahu Goldratt's THE GOAL and because we hosted a guest presenter on impact investing I listened to Michael Lewis' LIAR'S POKER. 

Dow Joins Forces with Erb Institute to Expand Sustainability Literacy through Online Education Series


This goes in the category of Dang I Wish I Would Have Thought of That...I like what Michigan is doing for Earth Week with academics from several campuses. 

"In celebration of Earth Day, The Dow Chemical Company and the Erb Institute of University of Michigan are partnering to host the inaugural Elements of Sustainability Series, a free online education event taking place April 16-20, with webinars posted daily at 3 p.m. ET.


The week-long webinar series will explore the fundamentals of sustainability as seven renowned academics share their expert insights on the leading global challenges shaping the future of business, society and sustainability.


Webinars will go live at 3 p.m. ET each day and share the presenters’ unique perspectives, experiences and research in sustainability and business:

  • April 16: A Brief History of Sustainability and Business Transformation presented by Dr. Sara Soderstrom, University of Michigan and Reducing Environmental Impacts Using Life Cycle Assessment presented by Dr. Jeremiah Johnson, NC State

  • April 17: The Follies of Neoliberalism: A Sustainability-Oriented Approach to Business and Society presented by Dr. Tima Bansal, Ivey Business School

  • April 18: Climate Change: How to Tackle a Wicked Problem presented by Dr. Daniel Vermeer, Duke University and Consumer Perceptions and Behavior presented by Dr. Kaitlin Raimi, University of Michigan

  • April 19: Decision-Making for the Triple-Bottom-Line presented by Dr. Joe Arvai, University of Michigan

  • April 20: The Next Phase of Business Sustainability presented by Dr. Andrew Hoffman, University of Michigan"

Today’s Chic Look? ‘Upcycled’ Clothes (Wall Street Journal)