September 2009 Archives

Costa Rica Seminar: Business and the Environment

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This January I'll be going on a two-week seminar through the Carlson School, to Alajuela, Costa Rica. There, we U of M students will be in classes and field trips with students at the Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE). The focus of the seminar will be on green, sustainable business - how businesses can maintain and even increase profit by taking care of the environment.

It should be very exciting and challenging! I've got my passport in hand and I'm trying to read applicable materials in my spare time. (I obtained an English-Spanish Field Glossary of sustainable development terms.)

You can find a video about the program here. I'll have plenty of my own pictures to post when I get back!

Products with a Purpose, Part II

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This spring at the University of Minnesota, a seminar in sustainable design was held with the goal of student groups creating viable engineering solutions to compete in the Acara Challenge, sponsored by the Acara Institute. The winning team went to Mumbai, India this summer to hit the ground and do further research about bringing their solution of delivering clean drinking water to fruition. If there are any MBA students such as myself, you may be interested in the business plans the student groups presented. They offer a good glimpse of the start-up venture side of social enterprise.