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In 1988, a handful of Midwest family farmers fed up with the state of American agriculture gathered at the Viroqua, WI courthouse to talk about doing farming differently. Thirty years […] Posted on 5 July 2019 | 1:13 pm


Canvas began with a single central problem: that over 20% of the US population suffers from digestive health issues. It tackled the problem with an ingredient that promotes planetary health: […] Posted on 7 June 2019 | 10:17 am


A world where conflict-affected children thrive. The vision of the Blossom Hill Foundation drives its mission to invest in solution-driven initiatives for refugees and internally displaced communities. Over the last […] Posted on 17 May 2019 | 9:37 am


  The Food Corridor is a custom software (software as a service (SaaS)) designed to help shared-use underutilized commercial kitchens to manage their operations, booking, and food business as a […] Posted on 15 May 2019 | 3:09 pm


The amount of food that is wasted and discarded in the United States each year amounts to roughly a quarter of all food produced. Two-thirds of that amount comes from […] Posted on 12 May 2019 | 12:33 pm


According to Forbes, the sports industry’s projected worth will grow to over $70 billion this year. Encouraged by its fans, the industry’s sustainability initiatives are keeping pace. In the NFL, […] Posted on 10 May 2019 | 11:12 am


Government and business are the two solutions most often referenced with respect to transforming our society, to drive sustainability. Institutions have become the framework by which we envision change, and […] Posted on 8 May 2019 | 10:23 pm


Photo Source   United States (U.S.) households impacted by food insecurity have improved by roughly 0.5 percent from 2016 to 2017 leaving only an estimated 11.8 percent of households affected. […] Posted on 7 May 2019 | 2:29 pm


We share our data on public platforms every day. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram dominate the avenues by which we communicate our lifestyles to our peers. Most Americans’ perceptions of themselves […] Posted on 2 May 2019 | 2:38 am


With the recent EAT-Lancet report it is imperative now, more than ever, to better understand how to feed 10 billion people healthy diets by 2050 while considering our planetary boundaries. […] Posted on 23 April 2019 | 2:27 pm


“There is nothing more beautiful and healthy than leaving your comfort zone and opening yourself to new and unpredictable experiences.” – Gabriela Shel, Medium Steady growth in consumers traveling independently […] Posted on 22 April 2019 | 1:21 pm


Imagine checking out a takeout container like you would a library book. Instead of a Styrofoam clamshell that you have to throw out, you’d get a reusable box that you’d […] Posted on 19 April 2019 | 9:33 am


Scott Tew’s sustainability journey began on his family’s produce farm in Alabama. There, he learned that “natural resources are precious gifts that need to be nurtured, protected, and never squandered.” […] Posted on 5 April 2019 | 7:11 am


Keeley Tillotson started Wild Friends out of her dorm room with her co-founder and roommate, Erika Welsh. Seven years later, their women-run company distributes their unique, healthy nut butters nationally. […] Posted on 15 March 2019 | 1:27 pm


For over a decade, the Mahindra Group has been leveraging its size and stature for maximum sustainability impact. Mahindra’s companies span 22 industries, operate in over 100 countries, and employ […] Posted on 1 March 2019 | 3:20 pm


Ken Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in 1980, with the goal of providing his customers with the kind of beer he liked to drink—hoppy, dark and flavorful. His background […] Posted on 15 February 2019 | 10:41 am


Shaped by growing up in Oakland, CA during the 80s—the city’s crack years, she says—Vien Truong has dedicated her career to fundamentally ending poverty. Truong is the President of the […] Posted on 1 February 2019 | 5:22 pm


The benefits of sustainability cannot be an elite luxury only big companies enjoy—it has to be for everyone. The business case for sustainability is well proven across a multitude of […] Posted on 3 January 2019 | 10:49 am


The history of travel dates back as far as we do, whether we’re thinking about our ancestors migrating across continents, explorers discovering lands and seas unknown to them, or the […] Posted on 23 December 2018 | 12:38 pm


How does a small architectural firm end up fielding calls from Tesla? By designing the largest residential microgrid on earth. The project, a recent home renovation in Tuxedo Park, NY, […] Posted on 21 December 2018 | 5:00 am


Brewing is an inherently inefficient process. But it can be made better. A few weeks back, at a B Corporation informational meeting, I asked the speaker, “Why aren’t more breweries […] Posted on 19 December 2018 | 10:18 am


To date, Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions has delivered 3.64 million tons of CO2e reductions, and it’s on track to exceed 6 million tons by 2026. This unique partnership between […] Posted on 7 December 2018 | 8:40 am


Paul Hawken, noted American environmentalist, entrepreneur, activist, and author, has just released his latest book: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. In Drawdown, Hawken argues that […] Posted on 26 November 2018 | 10:09 am


The Bard MBA in Sustainability has announced a new Opportunity Scholarship for students who are first-generation college graduates. “Bard’s MBA is one of the top programs globally that fully integrates a focus […] Posted on 20 November 2018 | 10:07 am


In 10 years of business, Elytus has aided its clients in saving 175,000 admin hours, 20 million trees, and over $11 million dollars—all through its innovative technology and passion for […] Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:07 am


Source: Kickstarter Early-stage entrepreneurs, such as those who use Kickstarter, should consider not only how to fund their venture, but also how to reduce their impact on the environment. Making […] Posted on 7 November 2018 | 1:52 pm


L. Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, believes that citizens, communities and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem solving force on […] Posted on 2 November 2018 | 12:46 pm


The Bard MBA in Sustainability’s innovative graduate degree has been recognized in two major new reports, one focused on education to advance a “circular economy”, and the second on business […] Posted on 30 October 2018 | 10:52 am


                    Bard MBA Professor Jennifer Russell has co-authored a major new UN report on the Circular Economy in manufacturing. Entitled, “Re-defining […] Posted on 24 October 2018 | 11:07 am


The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA), a Pratt Institute initiative, is a hub for ethical fashion and design that provides design entrepreneurs, creative technologists and industry professionals with the […] Posted on 19 October 2018 | 10:02 am


Danone North America—maker of Dannon, Silk, So Delicious, Horizon Organic and Vega, among others—recently became the largest certified B Corp™ in the world for its commitment to social and environmental […] Posted on 5 October 2018 | 6:00 am


Lyft was one of the first U.S. companies to join former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “We Are Still In” movement to declare its continuing commitment to the Paris […] Posted on 21 September 2018 | 6:30 am


Sarah Kauss launched S’well in 2010 with the belief that a crave-worthy bottle that combined fashion with function would make people stop buying disposable water bottles, thus reducing single-use plastic […] Posted on 7 September 2018 | 6:00 am


-Speakers include Blacklist Star Megan Boone- At the end of another summer of record-breaking heat worldwide, the MBA in Sustainability at Bard College is sponsoring a lunch-time rally just off […] Posted on 20 August 2018 | 4:29 pm


Ever since Patagonia began making fleeces out of used soda bottles in the early 90s, the apparel industry has been slowly increasing its use of recycled polyester or rPET (recycled […] Posted on 5 June 2018 | 11:25 pm


Fair Trade is commonly associated with safe working conditions, better labor practices, and fair prices for farmers. An overlooked benefit of Fair Trade, however, is protection of the environment. Usually […] Posted on 5 June 2018 | 3:45 pm


Today’s shopping experience is radically different than it was ten years ago. Empowered by limitless access to information, consumers conduct extensive research of products and services before interacting with any […] Posted on 21 May 2018 | 6:00 am


 HCM leaders are key partners in sustainable organizations We live in world of ecological constraints, and this acknowledgement has led to the rise of the sustainable organization: companies that embrace […] Posted on 20 May 2018 | 7:25 am


Solar: not just for homeowners anymore Oftentimes the phrase “going solar” conjures up images of solar panels on homes around a neighborhood. But what if you’re among the 49% of […] Posted on 20 May 2018 | 7:02 am


Republished from GreenBiz. It’s almost impossible to upcycle used snowboards. Because their components—metal, wood, plastic, resin—are tightly fused during manufacturing, the best end-of-life outcome is usually chopped scrap that can […] Posted on 18 May 2018 | 7:00 am


The real estate market is rapidly changing. Technology and business innovations in the real estate sector offer new leverage points to influence the real estate transaction, increase sales of high-performance […] Posted on 7 May 2018 | 6:00 am


Republished from GreenBiz They embrace sustainability as an innovation challenge. They combat presentism. They develop integrative thinking. They expand the values that drive their business decisions. They collaborate with competitors. […] Posted on 4 May 2018 | 8:00 am


We’ve been busy here at the Bard MBA in Sustainability this past fall and winter, and we’re excited to share the news of recent and upcoming happenings with the Bard […] Posted on 1 May 2018 | 3:43 pm


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     April 25, 2018 Media Contacts: Susanne Harm (512) 974-9087 Austin Resource Recovery Media Line (512) 974-1800   The Future of Fashion is Circular Sustainable fashion […] Posted on 26 April 2018 | 3:17 pm


Climate-related disasters are costing us dearly The US had a record-setting 2017 for climate-related disasters, racking up more than $305 billion in costs from hurricanes and wildfires. While weather events […] Posted on 25 April 2018 | 9:09 pm


Bard MBA students made productive use of the spring, reaching the finals in three different international sustainable business competitions. On April 19th, team “Lead the Change” earned silver at the […] Posted on 25 April 2018 | 10:34 am


Republished from GreenBiz  Michael Vandenbergh points out that 70% of us think that companies should be doing more on climate change. The good news, as he also points in his […] Posted on 20 April 2018 | 11:18 am


In some sectors, innovation happens quickly. In these industries, a handful of powerful companies not only have the funding to build new technology but have the ability to influence both […] Posted on 8 April 2018 | 2:31 pm


        April 6, 2018 Clif Bar and Bard MBA Launch Academic Partnership New York, NY–Who will lead the businesses of the future?  Clif Bar & Company, a […] Posted on 6 April 2018 | 4:34 pm


Republished from GreenBiz Casey Grey argues that you may not be able to build or renovate a home 100 percent sustainably, but that you can do it 100 percent consciously. […] Posted on 6 April 2018 | 1:57 pm


The fashion industry is the world’s second largest industrial polluter, second only to oil. In fact, 20% of global production waste comes from the textile and apparel sectors. Plus, the […] Posted on 18 March 2018 | 3:05 pm


Republished from GreenBiz The grain is just one way it’s closing the loop. Portland’s Allagash Brewing Company has committed to purchasing a million pounds of Maine-grown and -processed grain by […] Posted on 16 March 2018 | 10:10 am


The new Trump solar tariffs mean that a majority of the solar panels installed in this country are now 30% more expensive.  Lots has been written already on how the […] Posted on 12 March 2018 | 2:49 pm


“I wish to illuminate the damage, the breakage, the fragmentation. Somehow, if I can make it beautiful, I can make it one again.”   Anne de Carbuccia is a French-American […] Posted on 6 March 2018 | 11:52 am


In his book “The Great Derangement,” the writer Amitav Ghosh seeks to understand the failure of the arts to adequately address the climate crisis, commenting, “Indeed, this is perhaps the […] Posted on 6 March 2018 | 11:37 am


Is rethinking human consumption going mainstream? Driving down the 10 Freeway last week, I came across a billboard advertising the Matt Damon film, Downsizing. The ad provided few visual cues, […] Posted on 19 February 2018 | 5:00 am


Republished from GreenBiz “Why does waste even exist?”—that’s the question at the heart of TerraCycle’s own existence. Since 2001, the company has been taking hard-to-recycle waste and turning it into […] Posted on 16 February 2018 | 11:54 am


The term “Black Friday” was never intended as a positive. Coined by the Philadelphia Police Department in response to the “massive traffic jams and overcrowded sidewalks” caused by post-Thanksgiving shoppers, […] Posted on 15 February 2018 | 5:00 am


  It’s almost impossible to go anywhere without seeing a piece of plastic. From your bedroom, to your workplace, vacation home, or even the beach, plastic consumes our lives. Researchers […] Posted on 12 February 2018 | 5:00 am


Imagine finding yourself without a home, your family without shelter. Most of us would have someone to turn to: a relative, a friend, a community shelter. But what if your […] Posted on 8 February 2018 | 5:00 am


When people hear the words “Peace Corps,” many think of former President Kennedy calling out to a bunch of hippies to live in huts and dig wells in developing countries. […] Posted on 5 February 2018 | 5:00 am


Republished from GreenBiz  On January 10th, New York City announced a goal to divest its pension funds from fossil fuel interests within five years. Currently, the city’s five pension funds […] Posted on 2 February 2018 | 1:21 pm


  What do you imagine when someone says “seafood”? Often, the word evokes images of succulent shrimp, decadent lobster, or a buttery salmon. In the past decade, however, lionfish has […] Posted on 1 February 2018 | 5:00 am


What if there were a bulletproof argument for never again digging another hole in the ground to extract the ancient muck we burn to make things move?   I’ve recently begun […] Posted on 29 January 2018 | 5:00 am


Making your office or workspace more sustainable is beneficial for your company’s bottom line. Simple changes can cut costs, improve employee productivity and retention, and enhance company reputation. Whether you’re […] Posted on 24 January 2018 | 2:00 pm


  Feeling perpetually sick with winter colds is common for many living in the Northeast. To cure these illnesses, herbal remedies have become commonplace. The proliferation of these products on […] Posted on 22 January 2018 | 5:00 am


    Imagine looking out at your local waterway and being able to distinguish the fashion industry’s color of the season by the hue of the water. In China and […] Posted on 18 January 2018 | 5:00 am


At the corner of Timberline and Blackbird Drive in Fort Collins, Colorado sits the Jessup Farm Artisan Village. Once home to the Jessup family’s farm equipment, the idyllic, century-old buildings […] Posted on 15 January 2018 | 5:00 am


  The Prison Policy Initiative creates a yearly pie chart that details the makeup of the U.S. prison system. In 2017, 2.3 million U.S. citizens were imprisoned in 5,961 facilities […] Posted on 11 January 2018 | 10:30 am


    Sports Might be the Most Undervalued Industry in Promoting Climate Action Sports is a widely overlooked opportunity in the fight against climate change. “Sustainability” typically implies nonprofits protecting […] Posted on 11 January 2018 | 9:04 am


“Everyone deserves the opportunity to have clothes that fit and are in good shape”–that’s the philosophy of Michelle Ooley, founder of Mobile Menders, a volunteer group providing free sewing and mending services to […] Posted on 11 January 2018 | 8:35 am


Republished from GreenBiz Vermont’s Green Mountain Power obsesses on its customers. Under the leadership of CEO Mary Powell, it has radically restructured, positioning itself as an energy transformation company focused […] Posted on 15 December 2017 | 3:56 pm


Republished from GreenBiz Thomas Singer felt that there was already plenty of good writing about the theory behind the circular economy. So, when he and his Conference Board colleagues thought […] Posted on 1 December 2017 | 11:10 am


Bard MBA Fall Newsletter We’ve been busy here at the Bard MBA in Sustainability this past summer and fall, and we’re excited to share the news of recent and upcoming […] Posted on 28 November 2017 | 11:50 am


Republished from GreenBiz Currently, fewer than 2% of shoes worn in the United States are made here. Most are manufactured overseas by a labor force that works in conditions that […] Posted on 17 November 2017 | 10:28 am


Republished from GreenBiz Nick Silver—actuary, economist, and onetime mainstream finance professional—understands the consequences of the financial system continuing in its current form. Which is why his new book argues that, […] Posted on 3 November 2017 | 12:28 pm


Republished from GreenBiz As of January 2017, there were 1000 certified B Corps in the U.S. alone. This number is even more impressive when you realize that fewer than two […] Posted on 20 October 2017 | 11:56 am


Republished from GreenBiz This September, Mars unveiled its Sustainable in a Generation plan, which sets a new standard for its responsible growth as a business. Mars believes that transformational, cross-industry […] Posted on 6 October 2017 | 11:45 am


What do you think when you hear the word refugee? Alice Bosley and Patricia Letayf, co-founders of Five One Labs, think of innovation, passion, creativity and grit. Five One Labs […] Posted on 22 September 2017 | 10:56 am


Republished from GreenBiz By 2030, the target date for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the number of youth aged 15-24 years will reach nearly 1.3 billion globally, up 7% from […] Posted on 8 September 2017 | 1:01 pm


The recent election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, along with his divisive agenda, has ignited a wave of new entries into the political process by those who might […] Posted on 18 July 2017 | 1:30 pm


By Reagan Richmond, Cindy Wasser and Stephen Williams In March, Bard MBA students spoke with Rebekah Moses, the sustainability and agriculture manager of Impossible Foods, to learn about the company’s […] Posted on 19 May 2017 | 6:00 am


By Meghan Altman and Katie Ellman On average, New York City’s Recycle-A-Bicycle salvages 1,800 bicycles each year from the waste stream, diverting a total of 45,000 pounds of waste from […] Posted on 5 May 2017 | 6:00 am


By Katie Ellman “Climate change isn’t stopping with the second season”—that’s Jon Meyersohn, co-executive producer of the Emmy-award winning television series Years of Living Dangerously, on why he hopes it extends […] Posted on 21 April 2017 | 6:00 am


By Alex FitzGerald, Jennifer Joseph, Jennifer Shelbo and Katie Ellman Book publishing is a $28 billion industry in the United States. While there has been growth in e-books and audio […] Posted on 7 April 2017 | 6:00 am


By Eban Goodstein and Katie Ellman Values-first versus value-first investing. Cary Krosinsky argues that the “s” that differentiates the two represents a significant shift in the impact investing field. Krosinsky […] Posted on 17 March 2017 | 8:49 am


By Heather Bowden, Lauren Hill, Nick Shore, Catherine Tedrow and Katie Ellman President Trump built his personal brand on wealth, using tag lines like, “You have to be wealthy in […] Posted on 3 March 2017 | 5:00 am


By Alexander Lykins and Katie Ellman Allan Savory—Zimbabwean ecologist, farmer, soldier, exile, environmentalist, international consultant, and president and co-founder of the Savory Institute—has a message on how to save the […] Posted on 15 February 2017 | 1:19 pm


By Reuben Goldstein, Reagan Richmond, Emily Robichaux and Nina Tschinkel This past Friday our Bard MBA team won first place at the Columbia University Energy Symposium Case Competition. It is […] Posted on 6 February 2017 | 8:26 pm


By Esra Elshafey and Katie Ellman There are 3.6 million female students in Afghanistan today, compared to 0 in 2001. However, social limitations for women still exist—women make up only […] Posted on 3 February 2017 | 10:39 am


Two features of the Bard MBA curriculum aimed at preparing students to excel at jobs in the sustainability sector are the NYCLab course and the Capstone Project. In the experiential […] Posted on 25 January 2017 | 1:14 pm


By Jennifer Shelbo and Katie Ellman Listen to this interview and others on the BardMBA Sustainable Business Fridays  podcast on an Apple or Android device. Over half the US population […] Posted on 20 January 2017 | 9:53 am


  Listen to the live interview on the SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS FRIDAYS PODCAST: Apple or Android Danielle Vogel of Glen’s Garden Market on Combatting Climate Change at the Local Level By Emily […] Posted on 6 January 2017 | 9:35 am


  By: Amy Campbell Bogie Prior to enrolling in the Bard MBA in Sustainability, I founded and led a shop-local program in Durham, NC and worked with Slow Money NC, […] Posted on 5 January 2017 | 10:30 am


By Amy Campbell Bogie and Katie Ellman Wendy Gordon never set out to become a tech entrepreneur. But after several decades working with environmental organizations, she saw an opportunity. Wendy […] Posted on 16 December 2016 | 6:00 am


By Martin Freeman and Katie Ellman Adam Kearney is “really, really comfortable with the unknown.” Without any experience in the HR space, he founded Props, a peer recognition startup that […] Posted on 2 December 2016 | 6:00 am


By Alistair Hall and Katie Ellman What is garbage? It’s a question that Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle, has been working to solve. Tom and TerraCycle start from […] Posted on 18 November 2016 | 5:00 am


By Sven Thiessen and Katie Ellman Resilience is increasingly a key objective as leaders seek to ways to help communities weather economic and environmental challenges. Hudson River Housing, based in […] Posted on 4 November 2016 | 11:07 am


Shannon Houde, Sustainability Career Coach Though it’s crazy how quickly we seem to be moving through the fall, I am getting excited for November as we start ramping up for some […] Posted on 27 October 2016 | 8:51 am


October 5 and 6, 2016 By Gwenyth Jones Learnings from conferences in the sustainability field are almost always numerous, and that was the case with this second Bloomberg event.  To […] Posted on 25 October 2016 | 9:48 am