The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, College of the Environment, and Sustainability Office present
Business Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability
a talk by Kira (Markiewicz) Fabrizio `97,
Assistant Professor of Strategy & Innovation, Boston University School of Management
Wednesday, October 9
12 noon-1 p.m.
The media is full of stories pointing the finger at larger corporations for activities that destroy the natural environment, as well as cases trumpeting the “green” business activities of other firms. What makes some firms invest in environmental performance, while others ignore the impact that their operations have on the environment? Whether you want to be a change agent inside a firm, drive change working from a non-profit, create a new firm with sustainable practices, or just consider the business-environment interface, it is important to understand the nature of the business case for environmental sustainability.
In preparation for the talk, you are invited to:
- Calculate your carbon footprint: coolclimate.berkeley.edu/carboncalculator
- Review the “green” strategy of Clearwater seafood: www.clearwater.ca/en/home/aboutclearwater/missionstrategiesandvalues.aspx and
- Examine the environmental performance of a company of your choosing, using information in the Carbon Disclosure Project: www.cdproject.net/en-US/Results/Pages/responses.aspx
The talk will begin promptly at noon and end by 1 p.m. Kira will be available for private drop-in sessions immediately after. Lunch will be served for those who register by October 8.
Kira’s teaching and research approaches the topic of sustainability from a business strategy and innovation perspective. At Wesleyan, she majored in economics and received the brand-new (at the time) Certificate in Environmental Studies. After working in consulting, she pursued her PhD in Business at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Her research on innovation and public policy has been published in top management and economics journals. She teaches a course titled “Strategies for Environmental Sustainability” to undergraduate and MBA students at BU, pushing students to bring their business training together with a passion for environmental sustainability.