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FES’s Business & Environment
program partner, the Schulich School of Business, will be welcoming its new sustainability chief this coming
W. Husted will be assuming the Erivan K. Haub
Chair in Business and Sustainability, as the long-awaited successor to
B&E Diploma program co-founder David Wheeler who left for Dalhousie in summer
2006. After receiving his BA, Masters
and law degrees from
B&E Course Update: Because of the changes at Schulich, the scheduling of B&E core courses has
undergone some changes this academic year.
Normally the Management
Practices for Sustainable Business course (BSUS 6300 and ENVS 6191) is
given in the fall term, and the Business
Strategies for Sustainability (BSUS 6500 and ENVS 5113) is given in the
winter term. This year both will be
given in the Winter term. FES
students, particularly B&E diploma candidates should be advised that
quotas have been set on the number of
Course directors for the Management Practices course this winter will be Markus Biehl and Detlev Zwick and it is scheduled for Mondays . Course director for Business Strategies will be Irene Henriques (left), and it will go on Wednesdays from .
MES B&E candidates are reminded that, because the changes at Schulich have delayed updating of B&E elective courses, we are being flexible about what courses can be considered electives. Feel free to make a case for a course you think is relevant to the program, even if you don’t see it on the list of approved electives. The most current list is in the current Diploma Guidelines booklet, which can be accessed via this Newsletter’s upper left-hand menu. All B&E students are encouraged to take ENVS 5150 Perspectives on Green Business, although it is officially still just an elective course. Again, the most current information on the program is available in the upper-left menu of the B&E Newsletter. B&E candidates are urged to become familiar with the Diploma Program Guidelines and deadlines. All are also encouraged to officially notify Tiffany Lord-Westah in reception of your interest in the program, and to fill out a Notice of Intent to Seek the Diploma.
BALLE 2008 Set for
Alliance for Local Living Economies, the leading values-driven business
network in North America with over 60 local networks, has announced the site
of its 2008 conference: on the campus of Boston University June 5-7
from Toronto’s BALLE network, Green
Enterprise Toronto (GET) , will be present in force, including some FESers. Interested
B&Eers are urged to contact Brian Milani and
check out the conference
website. Early Bird Registration rate is $395 until Jan. 15. Students can also contact Brian if they
want to borrow audio (and plenary video) proceedings of the 2007 conference
by Linda O’Malley, MES I and Nadeem Anwar, MES I
A new course proposed by Peter Timmerman of the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Arlene Gould (left) of the Design Department will attempt to bring together students, faculty, and experts in a design charrette. The purpose of this design charrette is to brainstorm and identify solutions, to build a vision of what the HNES building could be, and will conclude with plans for implementation. Look out for this 3-credit course on the MES listserve, entitled ENVS 6599I: Design for Sustainability: Greening the HNES Building.
The workshop will take a broad-based approach to sustainability in the built environment
using the redesign of the
architects, industrial, interior and graphic designers will be actively involved in the process along with sustainability experts in green retrofit strategies.
The course is structured around five key dimensions of integrated sustainability planning for the built environment:
The workshop sessions will culminate with a design charrette focusing on synthesizing and expanding the learning, agreeing best practices, and modeling various options and phases in the Integrated Sustainability Plan for the HNES
building retrofit. Students in the course will be actively engaged in organizing and participating in the charrette, and documenting and assessing its outcomes.
Sustainable HNES, or SHNES, is a collaborative effort of students and
faculty working towards the design and implementation of sustainability
initiatives at the Health, Nursing, and Environmental Studies building at
In further good news, SHNES has been given the green light to continue to organize as a cooperative for the solar PV project (named SolarFES), and the project will be moving forward from here. To date $3,700 has been raised. For further information or if you would just like to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Petition now Online
The York Coalition for
Responsible Investment (YCRI) is an initiative of concerned
YCRI has initiated a
student petition calling for the university to review its Burma-related
investments, and is working with a number of groups to raise awareness of the
YCRI participants have great hopes that this campaign marks the
beginning of growing awareness about
YCRI has been
collaborating with the Colloquium on the Global South,
which devoted one of its seminar series sessions (Sept. 26), to a general
discussion of SRI, featuring some of the leading
Other Relevant Links:
Green procurement is one of the
most powerful tools for positive social change, and universities are among
the biggest purchasers in many regional economies. With this in mind, the Sustainable Purchasing Coalition
is organizing to raise awareness of, and to influence,
The SPC is organized in four main working groups that are open to anyone interested in doing hands-on projects to consult with students, raise awareness and engage in dialogue, and develop support for specific campaigns. The groups are Fair Trade, No Sweat, Responsible Investing, and Green Purchasing. New members can join one of the four groups or just partake as general members. General members work on things such as researching, being a liaison, postering, communications and writing articles, administrative tasks, etc.
Interested students are encouraged to find out more at the SPC website.
Net Impact Generates Green Business Awareness
As we all know, great learning experiences happen outside
the classroom and Net Impact offers such opportunities! Our Net Impact club
is a community of Schulich and
Recent events from this Fall 2007 have included:
• Sustainability Career Networking Reception – This popular event gave students an opportunity to network with peers, faculty and over 20 corporate participants.
• Sustainability Series - Claude Ouimet from InterfaceFLOR presented The Power of One: The Power to Change, the Power to do Something. Thanks to MES student Brad Zarnett for coordinating this speaker.
• Schulich Sustainability Town-Hall Meeting - Opportunities, events and academics regarding Sustainability at Schulich School of Business were discussed by faculty, administration and students.
Upcoming Winter 2008 events include:
• Thursday January 10th : Sustainability Series - Jeremy Kendall, Chairman and retired CEO of SunOpta.
• Thursday January 10th: Semester Launch - Green Drink Mixer.
• Friday February 8th: Sustainability in Action Conference – stay tuned for more!
If you’re interested in business and sustainability at
Also, attention 2008-2009 MES students:
We are seeking people who are interested in taking on a positive leadership role in next year’s Net Impact (MES liaison or other Executive Committee positions!). For a smooth transition it would be great to connect as soon as
possible. So send a note of interest to email@example.com and find out more!
Fair Trade took another step into the
business and culture of
The opening of the Café highlighted Las Nubes
Program Week Nov. 12-16. As most FESers are aware
by now, Las Nubes
is an acclaimed public-private collaboration among
On Nov. 29, the Fair Trade Coalition
and the Sustainable Purchasing Coalition kicked off the holiday
season with their annual Fair Trade Fair, including educational displays and
a fair trade market. On American
Thanksgiving, one day before the environmental movement’s Buy Nothing Day,
and staff can painlessly support fair trade at
The MaRS Centre in Toronto was jammed
December 3-4 with innovative entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs,
ecopreneurs, community developers, investors and
government people—all part of an ambitious two-day Social Entrepreneurial
Summit organized by MaRS, the Centre
for Social Innovation, the Toronto
City Summit Alliance and the Boston
Consulting Group. The
The summit tried to accommodate the needs of the diverse players
encompassed in this “sector”—from NGOs and philanthropic organizations to
coops and for-profit companies. While
official topic areas included policy, networking, and technical assistance,
the focus, at least on the second day, was clearly on financing. For the SE movement, the question is how we
finance the vast range of social and environmental activities so essential
for social and environmental regeneration?
For entrepreneurs, the question is how one accesses needed capital
without selling out, figuratively or literally. For investors, one major
problem is how one assesses real returns on investment, given the
multidimensional and decentralized benefits of values-based production and
by Ayesha Ahmed, MES II
Ayesha Ahmed, along with Keith Brooks, did an internship with Green Enterprise Toronto (GET), Toronto’s local living economy network, during the summer of 2007. Part of her work involved helping GET begin a business/products/services directory that can simultaneously help green people’s purchases and support local/sustainable business.
Enterprise Toronto has a new project cooking! It
hopes to launch a website that will enable both consumers and business
partners to collaborate with the help of technology such as Tiki Wiki software to
constructively discuss various Green
The website is attractively designed – thanks to TikiWiki which enables users to design and upload images in a user-friendly and hassle-free manner. Currently, the main theme color is a pleasant shade of blue as the background, with black color for the font. As with most software applications, the font size and various other visual effects can be effected by modifying the syntax (jargon for programming code). If the above seems very tech - heavy, no fear! TikiWiki is so easy and thanks to Michael Pilling – the dynamic Project Leader – just a simple double click of any page on the website allows the user to view the syntax (TikiWiki code) that brings alive a webpage on the website.
by Brad Zarnett
Brad Zarnett, MES II, spent the summer of 2007 working as the Sustainability
Co-ordinator for Nienkämper Furniture in
My 2007 summer internship placement was at Nienkämper Furniture & Accessories Inc. As the Sustainability Co-ordinator, my role was to design and implement a corporate sustainability strategy that would combine Nienkämper’s current environmental policy and practices with innovative new initiatives. Co-operation within the company was excellent; I was able to freely explore all aspects of sustainability. The role provided me an excellent opportunity to put my theoretical learning into practice.
In a very short time period, 13 weeks, we were able to achieve many successes including setting the foundation for an environmental management system, undertaking a comprehensive energy audit, identifying a no cost wood waste removal alternative, developing relationships with NGO’s who were doing research on sustainable raw material, exploring the installation of solar panels, and laying the foundation for an eco-culture that would continue to embrace sustainability initiatives long after my direct involvement ended.
In early January, students interested in writing and editing the B&E Newsletter will meet to discuss the next issue and horizons for it. Most desirable would be for it to be more completely a product of the students. Students who can’t work on it, however, are encouraged to make known what they want to see more of: from campus sustainability, internships reports and possibilities, to profiles of FES and Schulich teachers and staff, book reviews, economic debates, discussions of courses, and more. Students (in the diploma program or not) who would like to participate, email coordinator Brian with your preference of days and times to meet.
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