BSC Library Articles Tagged: Sustainability

  • sustainability


    March 3, 2014

    Despite major advances in cutting edge technology, the Smart Cities panel suggested basic infrastructure like bike routes are qually important. Photo: JoelInSouthernCA/creative commons With RTP positioning itself as a Cor Rademaker, President, STRATEQ John Marriott, VP, OSIsoft LLC , which greatly improves air quality in port cities, through wireless electric bus charging, to Raleigh-based WasteZero's trash metering solutions, which have delivered dramatic reductions in landfill waste in municipalities around the country (see chart below), it was clear that technology has a huge role to play in reducing emissions and improving city budgets.    Fancy new technology, however, can be a distraction too.…

  • sustainability

    NCEast Alliance celebrates sustainabile manufacturing practices

    April 15, 2015

    Bridgestone's Wilson tire manufacturing facility has not sent waste to the landfill since 2013. Photo credit: Bridgestone On March 26, NCEast Alliance hosted the “Sustainability in Manufacturing” conference in Wilson, N.C. The conference brought together representatives from three manufacturing companies with plants in eastern NC to discuss sustainability initiatives and share best practices. Michael Darr, plant manager of Bridgestone’s Wilson tire manufacturing facility, was on hand to talk about how the plant managed to eliminate landfill waste and use energy more sustainably. From Bridgestone’s press release: “During the panel discussion, Darr shared the sustainability journey of the Wilson passenger and…

  • north carolina

    How Supply Chain Management Can Improve North Carolina’s Environmental Footprint

    November 2, 2016

    Rejaul Hasan reviews a report published by the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC), North Carolina's Supply Chain: Conduit for Commerce and Economic Development, and provides insight into how sustainable supply chain management strategies have the capacity to improve North Carolina’s footprint.

  • entrepreneurs

    Students Develop Pitch for Green 3D Printing Material in “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” Course

    July 2, 2017

    As part of Professor Jeff Pollock's MIE 310 course, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, students submit a two minute video presenting a pitch for a value creating opportunity. We're delighted to share one of the top submissions from Prof. Pollack's Spring 2017 course.

  • agriculture


    February 20, 2014

    Craft distilling is a growing industry across the US, and North Carolina is now exception. While early craft distilleries here focused on the state's heritage of moonshine production - albeit a more legal version than previous generations - but increased competition is leading to a broader selection of NC-distilled spirits, including some with a strong focus on sustainability and the local supply chain. Intensely local focus At a recent NC Distillers Guild Meeting, Tami Schwerin, co-founder of Devil's Distillery in Pittsboro, learned that Devil’s Distillery will be the fourteenth craft distillery in North Carolina, and there are 4 more in…

  • certification

    Raleigh recognized as four STAR community

    May 21, 2015

    In April, Raleigh became the first community in North Carolina to achieve certification through the national STAR Community Rating System. The rating system uses city data to measure participants sustainability efforts, as well as economic, social and cultural goals. Raleigh received four out of five possible stars, thanks to its commitment to sustainability, its strong local economy and its thriving art scene. From the city of Raleigh’s press release: “The City of Raleigh has a long commitment to sustainability with a focus not only on environmental stewardship but also on economic strength and social equity,” said Mayor McFarlane. “The 4-STAR…

  • net impact

    NC State Net Impact Chapters Receive Gold Chapter Standing

    September 7, 2016

    NC State’s undergraduate and graduate Net Impact chapters both received 2016 Gold standings in recognition of their outstanding performance in the past academic year. It is the second consecutive year…

  • certification


    February 13, 2014

    Photo: Anchorage Building Extreme weather is once again bringing blackouts and disruption to many parts of the state. Homes have been left without power. Commuters have been stranded in the snow for hours. And schools and businesses have had to shut down because of the weather. While talk of greener communities usually focuses on sustainability - another, complimentary, concept is worth paying attention to, especially as the snow starts falling: Resilience. In other words, reducing energy use and carbon emissions through cutting edge technology is a worthy cause, but in a world where climate change and resource depletion may bring…

  • community

    NC State’s Wolfpack aims for zero waste

    June 16, 2015

    Starting this fall, NC State’s Carter Finley Stadium is striving for zero waste.

  • b corp clinic

    BSC Director Jessica Thomas Recognized for her Commitment to Teaching “Business as a Force for Good”

    November 2, 2016

    Thomas was awarded the Bill Clark Award which recognizes an individual outside of a certified B Corp who has done the most to support the global B Corp Community.

  • b corporation

    Using Business as a Force for Good is Big Business

    August 1, 2017

    Benefit corporations are using their business for good while also meeting the shifting customer demands. Read more about the change in customer preferences and how businesses are working towards a more ethical practice.

  • environment


    January 23, 2014

    A representative for Bob Barker Industries accepts the 2013 award from Judy Smith. Business as usual is easy. Pursuing sustainability, whether you are an individual, a non-provite, a public institution or a private company can be both expensive and time consuming in a world that was not set up to reward doing the right thing. The Smith Seal of North Carolina Sustainable Business Award was developed by the Greater Raleigh Chamber t0 recognize members who are committed to environmentally and socially responsible operations and practices: The purpose of this award is to recognize businesses, nonprofits, colleges/universities, and municipalities that have…

  • innovation

    Poole College of Management celebrates launch of Business Sustainability Collaborative

    September 20, 2015

    By Hugh V. Fisher, Poole College Communications Students, faculty, staff and friends of NC State gathered Monday to celebrate the launch of the Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative (BSC), formerly…

  • b corp clinic

    B Corp Clinic Featured in the AACSB Blog

    November 27, 2016

    The Business Sustainability Collaborative program the B Corp Clinic was featured in the AACSB Blog post, "Developing Social Entrepreneurs Through B Corp Clinic."

  • netimpact

    Net Impact Conference Report 2017

    November 27, 2017

    The North Carolina State University chapter of Net Impact recently traveled to Atlanta, GA for the 2017 Net Impact National Conference. Held October 26-28th, the annual conference gives Net Impact members the opportunity to broaden their breadth of knowledge regarding sustainability issues, network with other students, corporate representatives, and other leaders in sustainable initiatives from all across the world.

  • conservation


    December 10, 2013

    ​ Photo: NCDOT Communication/ creative commons   Every year, the City of Raleigh honors individuals, businesses, charities and public organizations who have shown leadership in environmental sustainability. The city is now accepting online nominations for its 2014 Environmental Awards. Deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 14, 2014.  A 10-person jury will select the winners, honored at a public reception and ceremony on April 22, 2014 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.Sponsorship opportunities for the celebration are also available. Environmental Awards are given in these categories: Raleigh Environmental Stewardship AwardOverall award for an individual or organization that has shown environmental…

  • north carolina

    Target installing solar on eight NC stores

    July 10, 2015

    The big box retailer is investing heavily in renewables, including 8 large rooftop installations here in North Carolina. 

  • b corp clinic

    Red Hat Participates in Fall 2016 B Corp Clinic

    January 18, 2017

    By Carla Davis, NC State Sustainability Office Communications Contributions from Anna Campbell, Poole College Communications Is a for-profit company’s only goal to generate profit? A growing number of Triangle-area businesses…

  • raleigh


    October 31, 2013

    Photo: NCSU Doing more with less is one of the central tennets of sustainability. At NC State University, they appear to have taken that principle to heart. Not only has NCSU's Lonnie Poole Golf Course been held up as a beacon of sustainability in the sport, but the whole university has been on a mission to slash its water and energy use dramatically. And they appear to be succeeding:  With yet another year of energy conservation success in fiscal year 2012-2013, NC State University has reduced campus energy use by 21 percent and water use by 49 percent in the…

  • agriculture

    Biobased economy created 4 million jobs, says USDA study from NC State & Duke

    July 1, 2015

    4 million jobs, and $369 billion, that's how much the BioBased economy contributed to the US economy in 2013 alone.  

  • curriculum development

    Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum

    February 27, 2017

    Sustainability Perspectives Video Series Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum Liz Bowen, Jenkins MBA student and Program Coordinator in the NC State Sustainability Office discusses the importance of integrating sustainability across the curriculum  in our new Sustainability Perspectives Video Series.  

  • accounting

    Poole Accounting Students Win Government Finance Case Challenge

    February 27, 2018

    A team of undergraduate accounting students from NC State's Poole College of Management won first place in the annual Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Government Finance Case Challenge. The student team, composed of Adam Turner, Haruka Adachi and Ben Hawley was advised by Accounting faculty Scott Showalter.

  • innovation

    Sustainability, health care, supply chain and trendspotting projects win 2015 Showcase

    August 20, 2015

    A sustainable approach to healthy eating, a new take on a device used in treating sleep apena, two supply chain solutions, and an international trends study. These are the winners…

  • b corporation

    NC State boosts B Corp movement in North Carolina

    October 12, 2015

    By Carla Davis from the Sustainability office at NCSU. Students at the B Corp Clinic launch event network with leadership from the four participating companies, which are based at HQ Raleigh.…

  • business

    Sustainable Models for the Apparel Industry: Insights From Recent Conference at Harvard Law School

    February 26, 2017

    What is the state of the Bangladesh apparel industry three years after the deadly incident at Rana Plaza? Rejaul Hasan, BSC Associate and PhD Candidate in the College of Textiles shares his experience from the Bangladesh Development Conference at Harvard Law School.

  • business

    Sydney Swain on path toward her goal: improving sustainability in global supply chains

    April 15, 2015

    It’s been an eventful week for Sydney Swain, a junior in NC State’s Poole College of Management. On March 11, she learned that she had been awarded a John Philip…

  • business

    Sustainable Luxury with Francine Petersen

    January 25, 2016

    Sustainable Luxury with Francine Petersen by Veronica Luedke Last fall, NC State welcomed Dr. Francine Petersen, Associate Professor at the European School of Management in a collaboration between the Poole…

  • b corporation

    John Replogle’s Career Starters: Jumbo Shrimp, A Beer Magazine, Good Mentors

    February 27, 2017

    Do you ever wonder how successful business leaders get their start? Read the origin story of John Replogle, President and CEO of Seventh Generation.

  • community


    September 3, 2014

    Photo: Eneas De Troya/creative commons Whether it's UNC reducing its energy use per square foot by 20%, NC State slashing water and energy consumption, or a coalition of universities promoting next generation semiconductors, North Carolina's university system is already making waves when it comes to sustainability. Now the Robesonian reports that UNC Pembroke is being recognized for its sustainable transportation efforts, which have included car sharing, bike share schemes, transportation shuttles and, now, some newly installed electric vehicle chargers. As the Robesonian also reports, these achievements—and more—were celebrated at the recent Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone on Appalachian State University’s campus.…

  • community

    Jenkins MBA Team takes Second Place in Invest for Impact Competition

    March 5, 2016

    A Jenkins MBA team from NC State earned second place in The Invest for Impact Competition hosted on February 26, 2016 by the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC - Chapel Hill. This was the first time the Jenkins MBA program participated in the invitation-only competition.

  • agriculture

    NC State Students Study Fair Trade Cacao Production During ASB in Belize

    March 26, 2017

    At the heart of service learning projects like the Alternative Service Break at NC State, students gain real-world experience and help address social justice issues. Learn about a recent student trip to Belize through the eyes of Sofia Abdo, BSC Associate.

  • conservation


    July 24, 2014

    Photo: Gerry Dincher/creative commons The Audubon Society aren't the only group partnering with local landowners to preserve important wildlife habitat. Ducks Unlimited, the hunting and conservation charity dedicated to preserving wildflowl habitat, recently surpassed a goal of conserving or restoring over 100,000 acres of land in North Carolina. (Nationally, the group has protected over 13 million acres.) Of the 100,000 acres in NC, approximately 19,000 were preserved through conservation easements or land acquisitions, while 87,000 acres of wetland habitat have been restored to their natural state.  While opinions on hunting can be divisive among environmentalists and animal rights activists, the…

  • clean energy


    September 18, 2014

    Photo: Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference Transportation is a central issue for anyone interested in advancing sustainability and tackling the looming problem of climate change. Billed as the largest gathering of its kind this year East of the Mississippi, the Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference, organized by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (formerly the NC Solar Center), will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center from the 22-24th of October. Featuring 400 attendees, over 50 exhibitors, 100 speakers and 20 ride and drive vehicles, this looks set to be an important event for sustainable transportation advocates.  Keynote speakers will include U.S. Department of…

  • business

    NC State Net Impact Chapter hosts Food Waste and Hunger Forum

    March 30, 2016

    The NC State Net Impact convened the Food Waste and Hunger Forum at the Talley Student Union. The event brought together panelists who are working on initiatives to eliminate food waste, and audience participants who are interested in solving food waste and hunger.

  • design

    Designing for Sustainability

    March 29, 2017

    Rosanna Garcia, BSC Faculty Director, Associate Professor of Marketing and Innovation + Design Chancellor’s Faculty of Excellence Cluster talks about her teaching, research and collaboration across NC State. Dr. Garcia discusses how companies can drive innovation through design for sustainability and measuring social and environmental impact in our new Sustainability Perspectives Video Series.

  • agriculture


    August 19, 2014

    Green Building Pioneer Gets Back to Work Redesigning Retirement Giles Blunden has spent a lifetime developing sustainable models of human community. Blunden is a visionary architect and community builder, well known for his pioneering work in solar homes, green building and cohousing. His designs have received multiple awards and national recognition. Now Blunden wants to put his talents to work once again, this time to build a community which provides elders with a more dignified, stimulating way of living out their retirement, and young aspiring farmers with land to call their own. Blunden calls this integration of a sustainable farm…

  • business


    September 25, 2014

    Photo: ReVenture Park/video screenshot Across the Southeast, manufacturing sites with industrial infrastructure capable of enormous productive potential sit unused and idol. These sites are the garbage piles that manufacturing left behind when corporations moved their operations overseas, to places with less stringent labour and environmental regulations. But Tom McKittrick, founder and President of Forsite Development, doesn’t believe in trash. With the help of a number of partners, Forsite Development took an abandoned, badly polluted, textile-dye manufacturing plant near Mount Holly and turned it into an eco-industrial park that has already become a hub for green-color jobs. In August, McKittrick unveiled…

  • b corp clinic

    NC State B Corp Clinic Helps Companies Improve their Environmental, Social Impact

    May 10, 2016

    On April 22 – Earth Day – 2016, the BSC hosted its second B Corp Clinic finals at HQ Raleigh. Read more to find out how teams of students from Triangle area business schools worked together to help aspiring companies move toward certification as B Corps.

  • business

    Record Number of Entries in the Lulu eGames Social Impact Category

    March 26, 2017

    The Lulu eGames is the biggest startup competition within NC State. Awarding over $100,000 in prizes, this year's eGames competition had a record number of entries.

  • solar energy


    July 30, 2014

    North Carolina is not short of green-minded breweries. Sierra Nevada's new facility in Mills River is making serious amounts of solar energy. 

  • conservation


    July 28, 2014

    Naturally occurring rhodoendron garden on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Photo: discutant/Creative Commons From Ducks Unlimited preserving over 100,000 acres of wildfowl habitat to the Audubon Society teaming up with local landowners to protect migratory birds, our region has seen significant efforts in recent years to preserve and improve biodiversity.  Cherokee One Feather reports that The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has just marked an important milestone in its environmental efforts, opening a state-of-the-art greenhouse to be used as a native plant nursery. The facility will provide plants for the tribe's frontline conservation and environmental rehabilitation work, plants which previously…

  • business sustainability collaborative

    Poole College Hosts Leading Sustainable Supply Chain Researchers

    May 27, 2016

    The second annual Sustainable Operations Management Workshop brought scholars from across the U.S. to help set a course for the future of sustainable supply chains and operations. The participants, all cutting-edge researchers who are part of an early-career research network, met to discuss important research questions in the are of sustainable operations management and to foster research collaborations.

  • north carolina

    The Quest to Find Sustainable Materials for 3D Printing

    March 29, 2017

    A quest is underway to find sustainable materials for 3D printing by a group of NC State researchers from the College of Textiles and College of Natural Resources in association with Cotton Inc. Learn more about how cotton can be a game changer for printing and sustainability.

  • durham


    July 14, 2014

    Photo: Pine State Flowers For all of the growth in NC's local food movement recently, there's been less attention on other, non-edible agricultural products like fresh cut flowers. There are, of course, flowers available at many farmers' markets, but the florist section of most supermarkets—even supermarkets with an active local food program—tend to be shipped in from all over the world.  That's where Pine State Flowers hopes to find its niche. Selling only fresh, local, seasonal and sustainably grown flowers, this flower shop and small flower farm is looking to provide Durham residents with an alternative to the year-round offerings…

  • community


    November 4, 2014

    Credit: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Dan Schnitzer’s job is to prove that sustainability pays off for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools. So far, the numbers are adding up. A district-wide composting and waste education effort, funded by savings from more efficient dumpster use, has led to these impressive results since the school year’s start ten weeks ago: • 19 bags of lunch trash generated daily by 15 schools, down from 155 last year • 32,940 pounds of waste diverted from the landfill • 12.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions prevented • 2.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions absorbed through…

  • b corp clinic

    Vital Plan Leverages B Corp Certification to Revolutionize Support for Chronic Illness

    May 13, 2016

    Vital Plan, a physician-founded wellness startup, is one of eight herbal supplement companies worldwide and the first supplement company in NC to become a Certified B Corporation®.

  • business sustainability collaborative

    Jenkins MBA Students Take 3rd Place in Invest for Impact Competition

    April 25, 2017

    For the second year in a row, a team from the Jenkins MBA program participated in, and placed at the annual Invest for Impact Case Competition, hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill.

  • innovation


    April 20, 2014

    NCSC board members Maria Kingery, Anne Claire Broughton and Jessica Thomas celebrate at the official announcement of the transition.  Today, NCSC is officially transferring our role as a champion of sustainability and innovation in North Carolina to the Sustainability Initiative at the NC State University Poole College of Management. We're excited about this move. Under the new name of the NC Sustainability Connection, NCSC's online presence will continue to share stories about businesses, communities, schools and institutions who are advancing new models for economic, social and environmental progress. Please see the press release below for full details of this important…

  • asheville


    December 30, 2014

    Photo: mdl70/creative commons From contributing to the state's solar boom to an expanding green events industry, Asheville, North Carolina has a strong and growing reputation for environmentally conscious business. Now the town is being profiled by Forbes in its ongoing series on innovation around the United States, and unsurprisingly, the focus is on sustainability. Among the initiatives that the article focuses on is Venture Asheville:  The brainchild of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, the Venture Asheville initiative works to energize a local high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem. Fittingly, investing and growing “green” businesses – those…

  • business

    BSC joins the NBS Sustainability Centers Community

    July 18, 2016

    BSC has joined the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) Centers network, composed of sustainability centers at business schools around the world that are dedicated to helping create a more sustainable…

  • business

    NC State Undergraduate and Graduate Net Impact Chapters Welcome New Leadership Teams

    April 25, 2017

    The NC State University Net Impact chapter is one of 300+ worldwide which connects like-minded, innovative people in an impactful program.

  • innovation


    April 9, 2014

    Like NC State's impressive sustainability achievements, the rest of UNC's 17-campus university system is in the midst of a major, long-term transition toward sustainability. With an eventual goal of reaching carbon neutrality at every campys by 2050, individual campuses are enacting interim goals and initiatives that seek to reduce energy, water and resource use, as well as increasing the consumption of renewable and other low-carbon fuel sources. As part of those efforts, UNC has already cut energy use by 20% per square foot in the last decade, and potable water use by 40% in that same time period. UNC's various…

  • environmental impact

    How will fiber broadband impact sustainability?

    March 19, 2015

    Fiber Optic Spools. Photo credit: woodleywonderworks North Carolina is well on its way to having some of the fastest and cheapest broadband in the whole country. With private companies, municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives all investing in fiber, people across the state will soon enjoy significantly faster speeds at a much lower cost. These new networks have the potential to move our state towards a more sustainable future. They can change how work gets done, and reduce the need to travel or own a car. Abundant bandwidth creates new opportunities to develop sensors to track and communicate environmental indicators, like…

  • measurement

    TSC CEO Presents First Impact Report at NC State

    July 18, 2016

    The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) CEO Sheila Bonini joined key faculty and administrators at NC State including Poole College Dean, Annette Ranft and College of Textiles Dean, David Hinks to present…

  • entrepreneurship

    Ryan O’Donnell Using Business as a Force for Good

    May 30, 2017

    In our BSC Sustainability Perspectives video series, Ryan O'Donnell, BS Business Administration '14, founder of Pennies 4 Progress and EmployUs, shares his experience as an NC State student engaging in entrepreneurship, sustainability and social innovation. Ryan also discusses how he is using business as a force for good and how every company he starts will have a social mission.

  • raleigh


    March 19, 2014

    Photo: Redress Raleigh/video screen capture North Carolina has a rich heritage in the textiles and fashion industries. But as evidenced by the challenge of balancing water resources and textile industry needs, sustainability has not always been the top concern.  Redress Raleigh aims to change that.  This local fashion company has a strong focus on sustainability, creating an annual fashion show featuring designs made solely from recycled, reclaimed and/or sustainably produced materials. Having attracted hundreds of attendees to its sold out shows in previous years, Redress Raleigh is hoping to build on that success this year, hosting a two day eco-fashion…

  • asheville

    Bringing It Home conference looks to strengthen NC’s local economies

    March 31, 2015

    Photo credit: Bringing It Home On March 18th, close to two hundred people gathered at Asheville-Bumcombe Technical Community College to discuss strategies for strengthening local economies. The inaugural Bringing It Home conference brought together new economic pioneers from across North Carolina to share promising initiatives and models that are helping keep money circulating locally. Note: The following reports on specific panels are drawn from Mountain Xpress’s excellent write up of the conference—please take a look at the full article for a deeper overview of everything that was discussed. Some of the panels looked at particular sectors of the economy, like food,…

  • business education

    The Importance of Sustainable Business Education with Scott Showalter

    September 7, 2016

    Sustainability Perspectives Video Series The Importance of Sustainable Business Education Scott Showalter, Professor of Practice in the Department of Accounting shares his vision for business sustainability and the importance in preparing our students to drive sustainable change in our new Sustainability Perspectives Video Series.                   

  • b corp clinic

    Students from Across NC Participate in 2017 Spring B Corp Clinic

    June 28, 2017

    The Spring B Corp Clinic brought together students from all over North Carolina to help various organizations with their B Certified status. Read about the many projects and sustainable solutions that students and professionals developed throughout the clinic with local companies.

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