This excerpt was taken from Hailey’s post on the University of Iowa’s Sustainability Blog. To read the entire story, please visit their blog.
Last week Friday, I attended the first Sustainability Student Forum at The University of Iowa. The forum’s opening remarks were made by the Net Impact’s president-elect, 2012 MBA candidate, Jon Finley, and a term he used that stuck a cord was “cross-functional.” That same term was reiterated by all three key speakers bringing home the point that Friday’s event went outside traditional business education and exemplified how business and social and environmental education can go hand-in-hand.
The event’s speakers included: University of Iowa engineering professor, Craig Just; Cheryl Davenport, who is a manager at Mission Measure, a Chicago based firm that measures organization’s social impact; and Laurie Zelnio, who is the director of Environment, Product Safety and Standards at John Deere. Of note: both Cheryl and Laurie are graduates of the University of Iowa.
All of the speakers touched upon how sustainability plays an integral role in their organization, which goes back to the notion that sustainability is a cross-functional and interdisciplinary subject that is becoming embodied in business, education, construction and beyond.