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
- Coaching small and medium-sized businesses in sustainable practices in 18 states
- Building our Green Plus Nuts & Bolts Guides – a wiki of best business, environmental, community, and employee practices
- Writing a national business case competition for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) on a Certified Green Plus Business