The End of Expertise: And Why That Is A Giant Problem for the Anthropocene
March 2, 2017 — Bruce Hull

Two game-changing coattails that Trump road to the presidency are fake news and distrusted expertise. They also usher into mainstream governance an end to rationality, modernity, enlightened self-interest, and related strategies and hopes that we can think our way out of the challenges we face. These are deeply troubling trends for those of us concerned with the highly technical, enormously complex, wickedly interdependent sustainability challenges of meeting the needs of 2-5 billion new middle class consumers while sustaining a climate… Read More
Population is Not the Problem
March 2, 2017 — Bruce Hull

The “population bomb” narrative is problematic for sustainable development professionals and advocates. We should not put ourselves in the unpopular, misanthropic, and unwinnable business of shaming parents. Instead, we have a much more optimistic, hopeful, and inspiring mission: we are in the business of development, which, it turns out, is the most effective way to slow population growth (see below). Humanity’s biggest challenge is not exploding population growth as the bomb narrative implies; it is, instead, dealing with the prosperity… Read More
A Passion for Urban Water Issues
November 2, 2016 — Lindsay Key

More than half of the world’s people live in a city, and that number continues to rise. The booming human population—expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050—coupled with the gravitation to cities for resources is responsible for the increase. Unfortunately, this trend puts a heavy burden on natural systems and city infrastructures, such as transportation, electricity, disposal facilities, sanitation, and water supply. Tiona Johnson is dedicating her career to addressing access to water. “Water is a necessity for life, and… Read More
Mindset Of Sustainability Leaders
Mindsets for Driving Change
July 1, 2016 — Bern Hoffmann

“Look everywhere, and consider the question ‘can I drive change from there?’ You have to drive change from wherever you are!” This was the final exhortation from Laura Asiala, PYXERA Global Vice President, Net Impact board member, and event moderator, to attendees gathered for the June 22nd Fireside Chat: Mindset for Leaders in Sustainability event organized by the Washington, D.C. Professional Chapter of Net Impact and hosted by Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). Joining Ms. Asiala… Read More
Corporate Sustainability Panel
How Can Corporations Provide Leadership for Sustainability?
April 26, 2016 — Kathleen Miller Perkins

During the March 2016 meeting of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, a panel of corporate sustainability professionals gathered to tackle the question of what corporations owe to society. The panelists included Beth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer of Skanska USA; David Walker, recently retired Senior Director of Global Operations and formerly Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability for PepsiCo; Rob Kaplan, Co-founder and Managing Director of the Closed Loop Fund and formerly Director of Sustainability for Walmart Stores; and Mark… Read More