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Bryan School announces lineup for Sustainability in Business Expo

What if businesses could do well by doing good?

Join the UNC Greensboro Bryan School of Business and Economics on Earth Day for its Sustainability in Business Expo, a day-long series of virtual sessions and panels focused on highlighting the diverse ways sustainability can be woven into the theory and practice of business.

The first of five virtual sessions – which will feature experts from the Bryan School and local business community – will begin at 9 a.m. on April 22. You can read more about each session below:

  • 9-10:15 a.m. | Creating Sustainable Problem-Solvers: Teaching Sustainability in the Business Classroom
    • Join this panel to learn about the efforts and successes that have come from the Bryan School’s Virtual Collaboratory funding, awarded by VF Foundation. Bryan faculty have undertaken new approaches to teaching sustainability, developing courses and hands-on projects focused on sustainable business practices. Learn about what goes into creating, planning, and teaching on this topic.
      • Presenters: Anne Wood, Melanie Carrico, Dianne Welsh, Jin Su, Vidya Gargeya 
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Sustainable Business and the Triple Bottom Line: Researching Sustainability Across Industry Contexts
    • Hear from several Bryan School faculty who pursued specific research on sustainability and business, funded by the VF Virtual Collaboratory award. Working toward a Triple Bottom Line is an important commitment in sustainable business, but how does it really work in practice? Dive into this discussion to learn about what topics were explored and what our faculty discovered.
      • Presenters: Al Link, Jin Su, Chantell LaPan, Gillian Lei, Nir Kshetri 
  • 1-1:50 p.m. | Sustainable E Podcast: Earth Day Edition
    • In this 50-minute episode, Dr. Channelle James and production assistant Ericka Williams recap the first year of the Sustainable E Podcast, exploring the questions of why students should be interested in sustainable entrepreneurship. This session highlights special guest appearances, shares information about the Sustainable E Pitch Competition, and encourages each of us to think about sustainable values in our own fields of work.
      • Presenters: Channelle James and Ericka Williams (UNCG senior) 
  • 2-2:50 p.m. | Doing Well by Doing Good: Sustainable Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
    • In business, the bottom line is everything. But in sustainable business, you’re working for the Triple Bottom Line – economic, environmental, and social. Join this discussion with local entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn about the innovative ways they incorporate sustainable business practices into their everyday work.
      • Presenters: Christina Degreaffenreidt, Owner/Creator of Multifaceted, Greensboro, NC; Beth Stewart, Executive Director of Redress Raleigh, Raleigh, NC; Matt Mullins, Owner/Creator of Empasta Cheeze Vegan Products, Greensboro NC; Sandi Kronick, CEO, Happy Dirt, Durham, NC; Andrea Crouse, Designer/Founder, Gaia Conceptions, Greensboro, NC 
  • 3-3:50 p.m. | Sustainability in Business Practice: Real World Roles and Responsibilities
    • Sustainability goals and values are more important than ever to companies large and small. Join this panel to hear from senior-level professionals working across industries about how sustainability is a central goal in their work and how these values are put into practice in their companies.
      • Presenters: Lois Forde-Kohler, Ph.D., Family Care Sustainability Director and Corporate Forestry Footprint Owner, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH; Rejaul Hassan, Ph.D., Global Sustainability Manager, VF Corporation, Greensboro NC and Denver, CO; Tiffany Reynolds, General Manager, Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, NC; Jaleesa Whitley, University Relations Manager, Cisco Systems, Greensboro, NC

Each virtual session has a capacity limited to the first 300 people to join. Please plan accordingly by registering for each session, checking your email for an Eventbrite confirmation, and joining the Zoom sessions early to secure your spot.

This university- and community-wide event was made possible with support from the VF Corporation Foundation. Those interested can visit the Bryan School’s website to learn more about this event as well as our Virtual Collaboratory.