Green Plus Fellows: Great Hearts & Minds Powering the Institute for Sustainable Development

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As we begin the summer of 2013, it amazes me that ISD has had nearly 50 Green Plus Fellows as well as a substantial number of graduate & undergraduate interns in my time alone — and I’ve only been around for half of the Institute’s 10 year lifespan. Even before our earliest institutional partners got involved in a formal discussion about sustainability in 2003, students from Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill were driving the conversation about their role in sustainable economic development together. The Institute was really an organic product of their interest as students, and it wasn’t until much later that programs like the Green Plus Certification and the Environmental Help Desk for Business were created. 

Our Green Plus Fellows

  • Have come from a broad swath of disciplines, including business, economics, environment,  journalism, information management, law, planning, religion, social work, sustainable tourism, and even geography studies.
  • Hail from Case Western Reserve (OH), Coastal Carolinas (SC), Duke, Elon, Syracuse, and North Carolina State universities, and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — and soon will also join us from Cornell University and Ithaca College.
  • Have made a mighty contribution to our effort
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Every summer and semester, I learn something new from our Fellows, and this summer’s cohort is no exception. Thanks to our present and past Green Plus Fellows and interns for helping the Institute help businesses large and small tackle sustainability.


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Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth. Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping America's...
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