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Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTBringing along the consumer, Method and Zipcar have provided greener alternatives to our everyday lifestyles. By creating this catalyst for change, they moved their products and services ahead of industry leaders and scaled this impact with market success. In this Future of Green open call series from Stanford's Center for Social Innovation, founders Robin Chase of Zipcar and Adam Lowry of Method speak on building a company around a radical and sustainable business model.
Sat, 1 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTMarket practices are changing. With a focus on sustainability, corporations are moving toward operations that reduce the environmental impact of their products and services and offer an integrated bottom line. In this audio interview, part of The Future of Green series, host Neal Gorenflo speaks with Maurice Bechard of Diversey and Michael Kobori of Levi Strauss & Co. about the motivations for change and how to approach this shift.
Thu, 9 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTWhen does a house painter learn about low VOC paint? Are high-efficiency lightbulbs always better? How can you reduce package waste and still meet client expectations? How can a small business owner keep up with sustainability issues? Now Intuit and eBay have sites where small businesses share their green knowledge. Amy Skoczlas Cole, who runs eBayGreenTeam, and Rupesh Shah of IntuitGreen talk about small business and green.
Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTMcDonald's has migrated to India, and with it, a commitment to corporate social responsibility. In this university podcast, executive Abhijit Upadhye discusses how the introduction of the "golden arches" into the subcontinent over the past six years has resulted in the creation of local opportunities in the areas of agriculture and food production, storage, and transportation.
Wed, 3 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDTIn the arena of social enterprise, a California collaboration is creating a high yield. In this university podcast, executives Diane Del Signore and Maisie Greenwalt share how Community Alliance with Family Farmers and Bon Appétit Management Company have partnered to create a local distribution system to get locally grown products into institutional settings. They also talk about efforts to help farmers become more organic.
Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhat is the best way for entrepreneurs to approach water companies with environmental sustainability solutions that address water problems? In this panel discussion, sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, experts and academics share what the water industry is doing to save water and the energy used to produce it for public use. They offer suggestions about how business can best invest in this growing field.
Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTWith corporate social responsibility as a business imperative, Levi Strauss has evaluated how well its suppliers are doing on making cotton production more sustainable. In this university podcast, executive Michael Kobori discusses the company's efforts to support organic cotton farming that reduces water use and relies less on child labor, particularly in Uzbekistan.
Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTHow can a company put environmental sustainability into its DNA? In this university podcast, Joao Paulo Ferreira, VP of operations and logistics, talks about Natura Cosmetics Brasil's supply chain and its challenges to embed sustainability concepts into the way it is designed and operated. He discusses the company's culture of collaboration with indigenous communities, NGOs, and other organizations.
Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTFor Nike, corporate social responsibility has become a business driver rather than an obligation. In this university podcast, Nike's director of global logistics, Dawn Vance, talks about how the company is integrating performance, innovation, and sustainability throughout the entire supply chain. She also shares new efforts to provide a "closed loop" business model in which products can be reclaimed and reused at the end of their functional life.
Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTIs there a world water crisis? Yes, says water expert Peter Gleick in this audio lecture at the annual Conradin von Gugelberg memorial lecture on the environment at Stanford Graduate School of Business. To the list of environmental sustainability matters plaguing our planet, we can add the fact that we don't have enough fresh, clean water to do what we need to do, he asserts, which results in disease and death in many areas of the world. Gleick outlines the nature of the crisis and offers some answers.
Thu, 2 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTDr. Moria Gunn talks with co-authors Peter Rogers and Susan Leal about the state of the worlds water supply from the pages of their new book, Running Out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve Our Most Precious Resource.
Tue, 8 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTMaking environmental sustainability stick is requiring the cooperation of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In this audio interview, Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari interviews Ceres president Mindy Lubber about how her organization brings together investors, government, human rights groups, and others to build a cross-sector voice for sustainability.
Thu, 27 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTDr. Moira Gunn talks with VP for Commercial Development and Public Affairs at Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, Jack Huttner, about how they brought next-generation ethanol fuel to a small Tennessee town.
Thu, 27 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTDr. Moira Gunn talks with author and Nobel Laureate, Dr. Burton Richter, about the science behind the earths rapid warming.
Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTDr. Moira Gunn interviews author and Director of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, John Hagel, about his new book, The Power of Pull, which the Harvard Business Review calls an exhilarating read as the authors sublimely reinvent the world of enterprise.
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTDr. Moira Gunn talks with Duke University professor, Henry Petroski, about his new book, The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems, where he explores science and engineering and how they must work together to address our world's most pressing issues.
Thu, 25 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTDr. Moira Gunn talks about Australia's unlikely contribution to the science community and it's development of biofuels with Chief Scientist, Dr. Mary O'Kane.
Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTPromoting environmental sustainability is the responsibility of every world citizen, says Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore in this audio lecture. Speaking at the 2009 Tech Awards, he urges his audience to consider how they may make changes and press for policies that will address global warming. He asks Westerners, in particular, to consider how the consequences of their own actions may be causing suffering for millions displaced by climate change.
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTDr. Moira Gunn speaks with author, Jeremy Rifkin, about his research on economics, technology, progress and sustainability, published in his new book, The Empathic Civilization - The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis.
Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTHow can good design reduce coffee cup waste? Or improve prescription drug compliance? When people encounter down sides to our spectacular modern products and services, how can designers create solutions? Brynn Evans and Krista Sanders talk about how to use design thinking to peel apart "squirrelly-wicked problems." Their methods balance the needs of businesses and users to find solutions people are willing to embrace.
Fri, 1 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTDr. Moira Gunn talks with Jeremy Abbate and his partner, Yali Friedman about a new report published in Scientific American Worldview on the creation of the worlds first environmentally sustainable plastic.
Wed, 2 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTDr.Moira Gunn catches up with author, James Workman to talk about his book, Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushman Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought and what many feel has become the primary resource battleground of the twenty-first century: the supply of water.
Tue, 27 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTLet there be light! That's Sam Goldman's motto, and he's taking it around the world. The founder of d.light design talks with Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Sheela Sethuraman about how he is bringing affordable, ecologically sustainable electricity and lighting to billions who are now operating in the dark. In this audio interview, he details aspects of the design, function, marketing, and distribution of the organization's products, as well as the kind of impact the social enterprise is having in some of the most remote, poor areas.
Sun, 25 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTHow can a country like China, which is still relatively poor, balance economic and environmental concerns? In this audio lecture, Peking University Professor Lu Zhi, who was invited to Stanford by the Center for Social Innovation, offers thoughts on conservation and some of its broader implications. Her message is that reversing the negative effects of rapid industrialization is possible, even in a developing country.
Thu, 22 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTMoira speaks with environmental sustainability visionary Ray Anderson, the founder and chair of the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet. He discusses his book, "Confessions of a Radical Industrialist", and talks about his personal epiphany around the environmental impact of carpet and the corporate social responsibility journey his company, Interface, Inc, embarked on to reach it's target of "Mission Zero."
Mon, 31 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTLike Russia, China has been a huge and inefficient user of energy for decades. Now, however, the country is cleaning up its act. In this audio lecture, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Mark Levine, Lawrence Berkeley Lab energy group director, dispels common American myths about China's energy and environmental practices, demonstrating that the country is becoming surprisingly progressive. He touches on areas such as subsidies, pricing, and emissions policies.
Wed, 20 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTTo support environmental sustainability and reduce the threat of global warming, the first line of defense is to avoid using fossil fuels. In this university podcast followed by questions from the audience, John Podesta suggests that this can be done by focusing on greater energy efficiency--both at personal and policy levels.
Mon, 18 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe threat of animal habitat loss is one of the major issues in the environmental sustainability arena. In this audio interview by Sheela Sethuraman, Laurie Marker of the Cheetah Conservation Fund talks about a multi-pronged effort including habitat restoration, resource management education, and job creation to address that threat to cheetas, in particular. She describes the creative measures she has taken to save cheetahs and improve the lives of the people who live near them.
Tue, 12 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTBiofuels offer an environmental sustainability substitute against petrol-based fuels such as gasoline, yet they are still expensive to produce and are causing a steep inflation in food prices the world over. This panel discussion of experts debates the root causes of the increase in food prices, and the need to tackle the economic and political side effects of biofuel production.
Mon, 6 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTHow can an innovative player in social entrepreneurship enable her exciting new idea to fulfill her dream of changing the world? This panel discussion of successful innovators examines the challenges of replicating and scaling ideas into massive realities of social change. Experts share their varied experience in identifying the important considerations that can grow a successful neighborhood social program into a global social venture.