Kara Gravinese

Kara Gravinese kegravin@ncsu.edu

Kara Gravinese, BSC Associate

Current Degree Program: Jenkins MBA at North Carolina State University. Concentration in Innovation and Marketing Management.
Previous Degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Choreography
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Areas of Interest in Sustainability: Renewable energy, waste reclamation, and biodegradable packaging.

What does business sustainability mean to you? What do you think sustainability should mean to businesses?

Sustainability is about stewardship. Humanity is in the position to alter the viability of life for the entire planet and that’s a big responsibility. I believe we should take great care to ensure the well-being of life here on our home now and for generations to come.

We are interdependent on one another and I think how we do business should reflect this. Sustainability in business provides humanity the opportunity to shape the world in powerful and positively productive ways.

What sustainability challenge would you most like to solve?

Reach net zero emissions around the globe by 2050 (or sooner)!

Who do you admire for championing positive change through business?

Van Jones

Moving forward, how do you plan to use business as a force for good?

Moving forward I want to work with companies to de-carbonize supply chains and increase renewable energy utilization.

What do you think are some challenges with sustainable businesses or becoming a sustainable business?

We need better public policy in place to support and encourage businesses to act sustainably.

What’s your advice for fellow students who might be interested in sustainability, but don’t know where to start?

Determine what issue in sustainability is most important to you right now and find others who are already doing it to connect with. See how you can join them in their efforts.

Can’t find anyone doing what you’re passionate about? It’s your chance to be a pioneer. It’s okay if what you’re passionate about today changes tomorrow. You’ll be taking steps toward making positive change for your community.