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All students interested in business and environment issues are urged to attend the B&E program meeting on Tuesday October 10 at in Room 140. While the meeting may serve as an introduction to the program for some students, its main purpose is involve students in building the program. Coordinator Brian Milani will review some of the initiatives planned or proposed, including research and internships, social and educational projects, and more. Vets of the student B&E Collective will be on hand to describe its activities over the past couple years, and to facilitate discussion about activities that incoming MES students might want to initiate.
One major topic that will be raised is a Green Product
Information project, geared to providing information on green
products, services and businesses to the
B&E communications and culture will also be a featured topic. MES II student Melissa Leithwood will summarize her proposal for a B&E Web Portal for York, while possibilities for the B&E Newsletter will be raised and discussed. What are the ways that our use of electronic technology and the web can further or support the educational and social goals B&E students? Make your opinions known.
The time of the meeting was chosen to make it easier for 5101 students to attend. Don’t forget your lunch. For those who want to be part of things but can’t make the meeting, contact Brian Milani.
David Korten Speaks at York FES October 3
Noted author and activist David C. Korten is coming to York Tuesday October 3 as part of a promotional tour for his acclaimed new book The Great Turning: From empire to earth community. Korten, who will speak at 7pm in HNES 140, is known for his critique of global corporations (When Corporations Rule the World and the documentary The Corporation), and for his articulation of ecological community-based alternatives (The Post-Corporate World). Over the past several years, he has been increasingly connected with the fast-growing Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), which he helped found in 2001 with others associated with the Social Venture Network. The new local BALLE network—Green Enterprise Toronto (GET)—is the principle organizer of Korten’s Toronto visit, along with the Centre for Social Justice, FES’s B&E program, the Centre for Social Innovation, Faith & the Common Good, and other groups. David Langille, director of the Centre for Social Justice, who teaches a Canadian Social Problems course at Atkinson Tuesday nights, was the initial organizer for Korten’s York presentation, which is now co-sponsored by the FES B&E program. Korten will also speak the following night at OISE-UT, co-sponsored by the above groups, along with the OISE-UT Transformative Learning Centre, Grassroots Environmental Products, Raincoast Books, the Coalition for a Green Economy and the United Church of Canada’s Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit.
more information on the
One of the backbones
of the B&E Diploma program (and much more),
will be heading for Sault St. Marie with new husband. Our loss is definitely
Nicole Bassett on the B&E Collective
The Business and Environment Collective formed to bring
The Business and
Environment Collective acts as a place where students from
Note: the old B&E Collective website, originally developed by Lia Gudaitis, is still online, at www.becollective.org/, so check it out.
B&E program co-founder David Wheeler has departed to Halifax, but the B&E core environmental management course, taking place this fall, is in good hands with Dr. Elizabeth Kurucz. Elizabeth, who is a senior research fellow at IRIS, actually co-taught the course with Dr. Wheeler last year, and brings a wealth of experience to the corporate side of the B&E program. For the past decade, Elizabeth has been the lead researcher on a number of joint organizational-academic research initiatives, spanning a range of sectors, including utilities, government, oil and gas, steel, chemicals, environmental services, automotive, finance and conservation. She has worked as an organizational consultant for various firms, presented at numerous academic and professional forums, and carried on a variety of research—notably on organizational behaviour.
The course itself, “Management Practices for Sustainable Business ENVS 6191/BSUS 6300,” takes a "triple bottom line" approach, defining sustainability in business as balanced progress towards economic performance, social justice and environmental quality. Throughout the weekly sessions and assignments, students critically examine components of a range of sustainability tools and techniques and how they are used by managers in a variety of disciplines in business to create value: e.g. marketing, product development, community relations, investor relations and other functions. The course, organized in conference format, is focused on unearthing the underlying assumptions of these approaches, as well as considering the managerial applications of these techniques.
Biddlecom, MES II, who received top prize at last spring’s Sustainability Reception
for his green business proposal, continues to garner laurels and hardy
recognition, as he was selected as one of eight winners in a continental
competition. The “Young Leaders Program” of the Business Alliance for Local Living
Economies selects particularly promising young people with an
entrepreneurial and leadership bent for special mentorship in
community-oriented business and community organization. As reported in the last B&E Newsletter,
Brendan has been causing waves in his Buffalo hometown in helping found a new
community business network, Buffalo
First, working with community animator Amy Kidron
(in photo, with Brendan)—who was also selected as one of the lucky
eight. Other notable selections
included former national BALLE staffer & author Merrian Fuller (now at
UC-Berkeley) and Leanne Krueger-Braneky, current coordinator of
A number of B&E students have special interests in
energy. Prof. Rob Macdonald,
co-founder of the B&E program and one of the Faculty’s outstanding energy
experts, urges students needing guidance and discussion to drop by and
talk. He adds that, for those without a
lot a background in energy, a useful option might be to take his undergrad
course in the winter term, ENVS 3130 Energy and Environment—that MESers can
upgrade to an Independent Directed Study (6599) course. For those concerned, this is an opportunity
not to be missed, since Dr. Rob will not be at
Thursday Sept. 28, Net Impact held its first main event at Schulich for
Summer 2006 saw the successful completion of the MES program for B&E stalwarts Mian Zhang, Lindsay Parks, Mike Dunbar, Brian Minns, Chris Coghlan and Nicole Bassett. Mian’s studies were focused on Environmental Management Systems in China; Lindsay Parks researched sustainable development in the mining industry; Mike Dunbar’s Major Paper was on Sustainable Food Systems; Brian Minns wrote on Sustainable and Socially-responsible Finance; Chris Coghlan examined Nonprofit Enterprises & Sustainability; and Nicole Bassett looked at Patagonia as a case study of sustainable business strategy (see above).
Oct. 31, , OISE/UT, Room 7-162
Global Conference on Environmental Taxation : Oct. 22-24,
Toronto Regional Green Building Festival : Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Canadian Broadcasting Centre
Planet in Focus film festival : Nov. 1-5
2006 : Nov. 15-17,
This issue is the second of a continuing series. It is intended to provide news, context, communication and continuity for York B&E students, but may also be of interest to many others, inside or outside the Faculty, who share our bias toward survival, justice, community and positive regeneration. The newsletter can be a means of B&E students staying in touch with what others in the program are doing. Hopefully you will supply us with news, descriptions of your internships and research, links, and more. Of particular interest is information that can help MESers develop research interests and skills that can practically contribute to green development, especially in the Toronto bioregion. The more relevant our research becomes, the more opportunities—internships, research grants, jobs, connections—will come our way.
If you have material or ideas for the newsletter, please contact Brian M.
“Economically, energy-efficiency is better than a free lunch—it’s a lunch you get paid to eat.”