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Above photo is from one of the Black Lives Matter rallies in State College, Pennsylvania, home of Penn State's University Park campus. Sustainability is not possible without equality and diversity. This is a core value of the Center for the Business of Sustainability.

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The 1 Word You Must Know...in 100 Words

I predict that zoonoses will overtake climate change--or least match it--as the leading existential threat to humanity. Z-o-o-n-o-s-e-s. Say it with me. Zoonoses (pronounced "zoo-oh-KNOW-sees") has already captivated our attention, forcing Australian forest fires, punishing droughts, and Hurricane Sandy to the back of the crisis-line. Coronavirus is a zoonotic disease so are 60% of infectious diseases that have killed over 30 million people (mostly due to HIV) since the 1980s including: MERS SARS Ebola Avian Flu HIV West Nile Even the common influenza is zoonotic I submit to you this: you need to understand zoonoses. I can prove that by asking you this: what do you think about someone who d

5 Resources Sustainability Brings to a Crisis (and Recovery)

In a crisis, sustainability needs to be at the table. The matrix of relationships, understanding of complexity, and penchant for courageous innovation among skilled practitioners make sustainability professionals key assets. I will suggest five resources sustainability brings to the table during the crisis, during recovery, and in the renewed world to come. cross-functional agility stakeholder engagement seeing risks to the most vulnerable (as risks to everyone) think like a planet the future has arrived We aren't EMT's or frontline doctors or nurses, but sustainability professionals are an essential part of the response team. First, let's bust two myths about sustainability in business We

5 Lessons We All Need Right Now from My Daughter's Battle with an Eating Disorder

Image above is a photo of an "altered book" that was my daughter's art project during her recovery. You "alter" and old book by making each page a separate collage or painting. Three years ago our daughter's life, and our family life, was side-swiped by a diagnosis. I remember sitting in the doctor's office, the news her resting heart rate was 40, the amount of weight loss. Time stopped and everything fell away. How could we have missed it? How could we have let this happen? What happened over the next year, what we learned, might prove helpful as the impact of the coronavirus strikes from seemingly nowhere and flips all our lives over. Build a Team of Experts--and Do What They Say Similar