A Summer of Solar and Storage

by Matthew Daly, MBA ’15 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow
Matthew Daly, MBA ’15 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow

Matthew Daly (MBA ‘15) employs lessons from Johnson and the SGE Immersion program working on Yingli Green Energy America’s new Corporate Development team to evaluate investment opportunities. Read More..

Energizing My Career

by James Landi, MBA ‘15
James Landi, MBA ‘15

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps offers a set of critical challenges that require creative thinking relevant to an MBA education.

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The Market Creation Strategies Initiative: Applied Research Produces Real Impact

by Erik Simanis, managing director of Market Creation Strategies
Erik Simanis, managing director of Market Creation Strategies

Erik Simanis, managing director of Market Creation Strategies, describes a process for applied research that produces tangible results for industry and academia alike. Read More..

The Rise and Fall of BoP Ventures: The silver lining on the horizon

by Erik Simanis, Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies
Erik Simanis, Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies

Frédéric Massé, EMEA Government Relations Vice President at SAP interviews Erik Simanis, Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies at The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University. Read More..

Improving Social and Environmental Sustainability: A Credit Union Assessment and Comparison

by Monica Touesnard, Associate Director
Monica Touesnard, Associate Director

Monica Touesnard, associate director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, writes the foreword to a Filene report that helps credit unions identify where efforts should be directed to improve social and environmental performance. Read More..

Top Researchers in Business Sustainability Gather at Johnson

6th Annual Alliance for Research in Corporate Sustainability to assemble more than 50 leading minds from North America, Asia, Europe, and the U.K. Read More..

A Different Breed of Activist Investors

by Johann Tritthardt, MBA'14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow
Johann Tritthardt, MBA'14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow

The SGE Immersion visited Calvert’s offices as a part of its 3-day trek to Washington D.C. and learned how Calvert seeks to encourage management teams to adopt or improve their company’s sustainability practices. Read More..

Investing in Sustainability to Ensure Energy Independence and Political Stability

by Arnab Mukherjee, MBA ‘15
Arnab Mukherjee, MBA ‘15

SGE immersion students learn that in light of climate change, the DOD is at the forefront of managing their carbon footprint, conducting research on alternative fuels and energy, and integrating green practices into their day-to-day operations. Read More..

Students Work with Local Entrepreneurs

by Stephanie Lin, MBA ‘14 and BRM Director of Communications
Stephanie Lin, MBA ‘14 and BRM Director of Communications

Big Red Microenterprise (BRM) made some significant changes to its operating structure over the past year to improve its programming and better serve local entrepreneurs.

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Tweet-a-thon answers #CornellSGE Questions!

by Monica Touesnard, Associate Director
Monica Touesnard, Associate Director

SGE alumni and students answer all things sustainability in the Center's first tweet-a-thon - a 24 hour period of lively conversation about Johnson's Sustainable Global Enterprise program. Read More..

Innovation on New York City Transit – On the Track to Sustainability

by Brennan Duty, MBA ‘15
Brennan Duty, MBA ‘15

During the SGE immersion trek to New York City, students visit the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) which runs New York City’s buses, subways and railroads. Counter to popular belief, it is a company that uses technoplogy innovation in many ways. Read More..

Wind Energy Resources: Leveling the Playing Field

by Jackie Longner, MBA ’14
Jackie Longner, MBA ’14

SGE immersion student, Jackie Longner (MBA ’14) discusses GE’s plans to increase the productivity and reliability of wind energy.

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Second Place Finish for Johnson Team at Ross Renewable Energy Case Competition

by Nick Peterson, MBA’15
Nick Peterson, MBA’15

A solution focusing on the triple-bottom line results in success for the Johnson team.

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SGE B2B Trek 2013: The Business of Change (Part 2)

by Linley Kirkwood, MBA ’14, MPA ‘14
Linley Kirkwood, MBA ’14, MPA ‘14

The SGE club travels from Burlington, VA to Boston, MA to visit a diverse set of organizations working to address environmental and social needs. Part 2 Read More..

SGE B2B Trek 2013: The Business of Change (Part 1)

by Christine Rossi, MBA ‘15
Christine Rossi, MBA ‘15

The SGE club travels from Burlington, VA to Boston, MA to visit a diverse set of organizations working to address environmental and social needs. Part 1

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Johnson Team Captures Gold in International Case Competition by Harnessing a Passion for Sustainability

by Brennan Duty, MBA ‘15
Brennan Duty, MBA ‘15

Brennan Duty (MBA ’15) together with fellow first-year Johnson students Harun Olcay, Anne Keyes and Bryan Hill took gold in the third annual International Schulich Sustainable Case Competition, hosted by the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada. Read More..

Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s

by Arnab Mukherjee, MBA ‘15
Arnab Mukherjee, MBA ‘15

The Ethics Action Group hosted author Brad Edmondson, BA ’81, and Jeff Furman, Chairman of the Board at Ben & Jerry’s to discuss Edmondson’s new book and Ben & Jerry’s mission to achieve “linked prosperity.” Read More..

Unexpected Assets: How My Nonprofit Career Taught Me to Succeed in Finance

by Julia Matsudaira, MBA ’14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellowship candidate
Julia Matsudaira, MBA ’14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellowship candidate

Julia Matsudaira reflects on how her previous career in nonprofit management, combined with skills acquired during her first year at Johnson, led to a summer of discovery and success at Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management. Read More..

Net Impact 2013

by James Landi, MBA ‘15
James Landi, MBA ‘15

This year’s National Net Impact Conference took place October 24th-26th in San Jose, California. James Landi (MBA ’15) joined the group of about twenty Johnson students, who made the west-ward trek. Read More..

Calvert Investments: Investments with a Story

by Alexandra Hensens, MPA ’14
Alexandra Hensens, MPA ’14

This past summer Alexandra interned at Calvert Investments as a sustainability research and policy analysis summer associate and then hosted Barbara Krumsiek, CEO of Calvert Investments for a visit to Cornell.

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Microwork-ing Towards Equality

by Johann Tritthardt, MBA ’14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow
Johann Tritthardt, MBA ’14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow

In a presentation series sponsored by the Iscol Family Program for Leadership Development in Public Service, Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Samasource, speaks to Cornell students and faculty about her work promoting social entrepreneurship and her vision for a sustainable solution to global poverty.

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Johnson Energy Connection: Connecting Past and Present Cornelians

by Jeff Gordon, MBA ’15
Jeff Gordon, MBA ’15

Alumni from across the country returned to Cornell to share their insights on the ever-changing energy industry. Read More..

Sustainable Advice

by Damian Kearney, MBA’15
Damian Kearney, MBA’15

Schuyler Blackman (MBA ’12), Associate Brand Manager, Degree for Men at Unilever, provides students with insightful information about finding the right job in the sustainability field.

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On a Mission to Find the Balance between Finance and Sustainability

by Ryan Yan Lai, MBA’14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow Candidate
Ryan Yan Lai, MBA’14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow Candidate

Doubling up, Ryan Yan Lai (MBA’14) split his summer between two internships both focused on energy and finance, first with Yingli Green Energy and then with Morgan Stanley. Read More..

Rethinking Wind Power

by Nick Peterson, MBA ’15
Nick Peterson, MBA ’15

Using jet-engine technology to speed up wind turbines may revolutionize distributed energy.

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Use It or Lose It

by Teyren Brown, MBA ’14
Teyren Brown, MBA ’14

Teyren Brown (MBA ’14) reflects on her role as Summer Associate for Johnson & Johnson and her brand assignment with Rogaine for Men. Read More..

A Suit-less Summer (or Winter) in Brazil

by Carlos R. I. Yoneda, MBA ‘14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow
Carlos R. I. Yoneda, MBA ‘14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow

This summer Carlos Yoneda (MBA ’14) travelled home to San Paulo, Brazil, where he worked in Google’s Brazil office for the AdWords Channel Sales team. His internship was focused on market research in Latin American and the Caribbean as well as consulting on online marketing practices in Latin America. Read More..

Bringing Health Insurance to the Uninsured

by Michael Ditter, MBA ’14
Michael Ditter, MBA ’14

SGE immersion helps prepare student for the ambiguity of a consulting project. Read More..

Unleashing the Power of Impact Entrepreneurs in Nicaragua

by Benjamin Rene Garcia, MPA ‘14
Benjamin Rene Garcia, MPA ‘14

This past summer with Agora Partnerships in Nicaragua exposed me to the challenges and opportunities of working in the social sector.

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Africaptialism: A New Era for Africa

by Jerry Petit-Frere, MBA ‘14
Jerry Petit-Frere, MBA ‘14

A summer in Africa changes the perspective of an American MBA. Read More..

A Company’s Evolution

by Patrick Starr, MBA ’14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow
Patrick Starr, MBA ’14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow

SSG Advisors, a boutique international development consulting firm based in Burlington, VT, was looking to evolve as a company, and they hired me to help them figure out where to go.

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Sasa from Nairobi

by Kimberley Mark, MBA ‘14
Kimberley Mark, MBA ‘14

Navigating my way through a developing country, on a mission to create a sustainable impact in some of Africa's poorest communities.

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Wind Turbines: I’m a big fan

by Hanson Boyd, MBA ‘14
Hanson Boyd, MBA ‘14

Energy makes the world turn. I’ve been fascinated with the energy industry from an early age and worked in traditional power generation before coming to Johnson. This summer I was able to experience another dimension of the industry with an internship with GE’s Renewable Energy Leadership Program.

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Fueling Sustainable Social Change

by Lori McMahon (MBA ’10), Program Manager, Intel for Change
Lori McMahon (MBA ’10), Program Manager, Intel for Change

Now the Program Manager for Intel for Change, Lori McMahon (MBA ’10) discusses the influential role that SGE played in shaping her passion for social action and the value that sustainability holds as both a mindset and framework for industry. Read More..

Green Genes

by Bryson Saez, MBA ’14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow
Bryson Saez, MBA ’14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow

Mission-driven SGE student interns with the founding biotechnology firm. Read More..

Burning Some Jet Fuel

by Stephen Crowe, MBA ‘14
Stephen Crowe, MBA ‘14

I have been in love with airplanes since I was a child. Now, as an adult working for American Airlines it has given me the opportunity to explore an industry that I'm passionate about, but which challenges my commitment to sustainability. Read More..

From Peach State to Solar State: Is Georgia the next frontier for solar development?

by Robert Collier, MBA ‘14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow
Robert Collier, MBA ‘14 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow

The market for solar power is heating up in the south. Robert Collier (MBA ’14) discusses the recent development in Georgia’s new solar development program.

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The Story of Stuff

by Hyungjin Choi, BA ‘16
Hyungjin Choi, BA ‘16

Annie Leonard, sustainability expert, speaks about the Story of Stuff Project

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Celebrating Leaders in Sustainability at Johnson

by Monica Touesnard, Associate Director
Monica Touesnard, Associate Director

Continuing the trend of excellence in the SGE program, several students were recognized for their achievement and leadership in Sustainable Global Enterprise (SGE) while at Johnson. Read More..

Fieldwork for SGE Immersion in India

by Mallory Martino, MBA ‘14 & Michael Ditter, MBA ‘14
Mallory Martino, MBA ‘14 & Michael Ditter, MBA ‘14

SGE immersion team assesses the viability of a global pharmaceutical company’s plan to bring diabetes awareness, education and treatment to semi-rural areas of India. Read More..

CSR Initiatives Growing in Asia

by Kimberley Mark, MBA ‘14
Kimberley Mark, MBA ‘14

Jeremy Prepscius, Vice President of Asia-Pacific/Hong Kong at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) talked to Johnson students about the evolution of CSR throughout Asia and how BSR is helping companies integrate CSR into company policy. Read More..

CompetitivEdge: Vol.2 Komatsu Seiren – Reducing Urban Heat Islands

by Yasuhiro Karakawa, Senior Manager, Market Creation Strategies, Asia
Yasuhiro Karakawa, Senior Manager, Market Creation Strategies, Asia

In the second interview of CompetitivEdge, Yasuhiro Karakawa sat down with Mr. Okuya, executive director of Research and Development at Komatsu Seiren, and inquired about greenbiz®, an innovative material receiving attention for its eco-friendly properties that contribute to both energy and cost savings.

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CompetitivEdge: Vol.2 小松精練株式会社 – 都会のヒートアイランド現象を抑えるエコ素材

by 唐川靖弘新市場創造戦略 シニアマネージャー
唐川靖弘新市場創造戦略 シニアマネージャー

CompetitivEdge第二回目のお相手は小松精練株式会社。環境対策・コスト削減の両面に効果があるエコ素材として注目されている「グリーンビズ」について、同社取締役技術開発本部長の奥谷氏にお話を伺いました。

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Reducing Energy at the Department of Defense

by Julie Casabianca, MRP ‘14
Julie Casabianca, MRP ‘14

Ms. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, discusses the challenges in reducing energy use across the Department of Defense (DOD) and in military operations.

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Redefining Tourism

by Jessica Abel, MBA ‘14
Jessica Abel, MBA ‘14

Megan Epler-Wood spoke about her new role as a Senior Professional Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, as well as her career focused on helping to define and redefine sustainable tourism over the years. Read More..

Tinkering in an Age of Efficiency: KaBOOM! and Its Unique Philosophy

by Deborah Philips, MBA ‘14
Deborah Philips, MBA ‘14

A group of SGE immersion students learn what it means to lead a sustainable organization with innovative thinking. Read More..

Can Smiley Faces Incentivize Energy Efficiency?

by Robert Collier, MBA ‘14
Robert Collier, MBA ‘14

SGE Immersion students visit Opower, a young startup that saves consumers’ money and reduces carbon emissions through transparent energy bills. Read More..

Working with a Global, Environmental NGO in Southeast Asia

by Jamie Hunt, MBA ‘13
Jamie Hunt, MBA ‘13

An internship with Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), a unique program that aims to help non-governmental organizations (NGO) employ innovative management models to strengthen the function of the organization.

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Erik Simanis, PhD ’10, Contributes to A Planet for Life 2013

His chapter, “Bringing the Bottom of the Pyramid into Business Focus,” addresses the poverty alleviation potential of corporations. Read More..

Johnson Team Captures First Place at Renewable Energy Case Competition

by Duncan Cooper, MBA '13
Duncan Cooper, MBA '13

Innovative finance model and proposal for distributed solar energy put Johnson MBA students in front Read More..

SGE Students Tap into Booming Boston Network

by Bret Nolan Collazzi, MBA '13
Bret Nolan Collazzi, MBA '13

Part II of Burlington-Boston Trek features visits to Harvest Power, Root Capital, and New Balance, and a mixer with dozens of recent alums. Read More..

In Burlington, VT Students Meet Green-Business Pioneers

by Bret Nolan Collazzi, MBA '13
Bret Nolan Collazzi, MBA '13

Part I of SGE Club’s Burlington-Boston Trek includes visits to Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, My Web Grocer, Native Energy, and Vermont Smoke & Cure. Read More..

CompetitivEdge: Vol. 1 Super Faiths – The Company that Turns Diapers into Energy

by Yasuhiro Karakawa, Program Manager, SGE Asia Programs
Yasuhiro Karakawa, Program Manager, SGE Asia Programs

CompetitivEdge is a new interview series that aims to introduce world-changing technologies, products, and ideas. In this first interview, we talked with Mr. Kimura, the president of Super Faiths Inc., a Japanese company that recycles used diapers into energy.

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Leveraging My Student Status to Network with Leading Business Innovators

by Ufei Chan, MBA '13
Ufei Chan, MBA '13

The Verge Conference is the place to be if you want to meet innovators and entrepreneurs forging technology advancements in energy, buildings, and transportation. Read More..

CompetitivEdge: Vol.1 株式会社スーパー・フェイズ– 「使用済みオムツを再利用可能エネルギーにする」という アイデア

by 唐川 靖弘, SGEアジアプログラム マネージャー
唐川 靖弘, SGEアジアプログラム マネージャー

貧困、水、食糧、教育、環境など、世界が今直面する様々な課題。それらを解決しうる革新的な技術、製品、アイデアを世の中にご紹介し、新市場開拓のバックアップをしていく。そんな想いから私たちコーネル大学経営大学院SGEセンターは、このインタビューシリーズ“CompetitivEdge(コンペティティブ・エッジ)“を開始することとなりました。CompetitivEdge第一回目は、「使用済みのオムツを再利用可能エネルギーに転換する」という夢のようなアイデアを形にする装置を開発・販売している株式会社スーパーフェイズ。同社の木村社長にお話を伺いました Read More..

Net Impact Conference 2012

by Matthew Russo, MBA ‘14
Matthew Russo, MBA ‘14

My experience at one of largest conference of sustainability-minded students and practitioners. Read More..

Careers in Sustainability Consulting, Sustainability Marketing and CSR

by Mallory Martino, MBA ‘14
Mallory Martino, MBA ‘14

Lessons learned at Sustainable Global Enterprise Club 101 regarding sustainability consulting, sustainability marketing and CSR.

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Examining Impact Finance Globally & Locally

by Julia Matsudaira, MBA ‘14
Julia Matsudaira, MBA ‘14

Kickoff meeting of SGE club’s Social Enterprise and Microfinance (SEAM) affinity group with Erik Simanis, Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies. Read More..

On Campus, a Real-Time Experiment in Green Design

by Bret Nolan Collazzi, MBA’ 13
Bret Nolan Collazzi, MBA’ 13

During a recent tour of Cornell’s LEED Platinum Human Ecology Building, members of the Sustainable Global Enterprise (SGE) Club and Associate Real Estate Council explored the cutting edge of sustainable design and construction.

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The HumEnergy Learning Experience – Part II

by Karan Javaji, BA’ 14
Karan Javaji, BA’ 14

HumEnergy is a social enterprise that aims to provide a source of income and electricity in off-grid villages in India by the implementation of human powered electricity generators. The goal of this project was to do preliminary fieldwork and carry out initial pilot tests to gauge the viability of HumEnergy in these areas and see how best to move forward.

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The Solar Battlefield from Inside the World’s #1 Solar Panel Manufacturer

by Willy Wang, MBA ’13 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow
Willy Wang, MBA ’13 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow

Over the summer I worked with the American subsidiary of the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer to develop strategies for downstream project financing.

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The HumEnergy Learning Experience – Part 1

by Karan Javaji, BA’ 14
Karan Javaji, BA’ 14

HumEnergy is a social enterprise that aims to provide a source of income and electricity in off-grid villages in India through human powered electricity generators. The goal of this project was to do preliminary fieldwork and carry out initial pilot tests to gauge the viability of HumEnergy.

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Creating Opportunity Where It’s Needed Most

by Min Chen, MBA ‘13 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow
Min Chen, MBA ‘13 and Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow

Working at IFC as a summer intern solidified my desire to maximize my impact in the world, by working to create opportunities where it’s needed most.

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Making Connections at Johnson Energy Connection

by Robert Collier, MBA’14
Robert Collier, MBA’14

On Sept 28, for the better part of the day, Cornell alumni working across the energy industry gathered at Sage Hall to share their expertise with MBA, engineering, regional planning, and undergraduate students.  Read More..

Consulting to the National Parks Service

by Robert Frisch, MBA ‘13
Robert Frisch, MBA ‘13

Visitor experience is taken very seriously at the National Park Service. Consequently, my role over the summer was to address congestion issues through the management of commercial transportation to an iconic site: Muir Woods National Monument. Read More..

At the Intersection of Finance and Sustainability

by Gregory Allen, MBA 2013 and EFII Fellow Candidate
Gregory Allen, MBA 2013 and EFII Fellow Candidate

Making a career switch into a new industry and new function at the same time is not easy.  However, gaining hands-on work experience through a summer internship has been an invaluable stepping stone to making it happen.

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A Summer Off the Beaten Path - Part II

by Nora Hansanugrum, MBA ‘13
Nora Hansanugrum, MBA ‘13

My off the beaten path adventure involved 4 weeks off the coast of South America, and 8 weeks in South East Asia—two very different regions of the world working on two very different projects.  This is about the second half of my summer working in Cambodia.

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A Summer Off the Beaten Path - Part I

by Nora Hansanugrum, MBA ‘13
Nora Hansanugrum, MBA ‘13

My off the beaten path adventure involved 4 weeks off the coast of South America, and 8 weeks in South East Asia—two very different regions of the world working on two very different projects. Read More..

How SGE Prepared Me for an Internship in the High-Tech Industry

by Stephanie Kwok, MBA '13
Stephanie Kwok, MBA '13

The SGE Immersion project gave Stephanie the rare opportunity to work on a real business venture with a client.  She leveraged this experience in her summer internship.

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A Brazilian Adventure Filled with Strategy and… Broken Portuguese!

by Uday Tumuluri, MBA ‘13
Uday Tumuluri, MBA ‘13

As an Endeavor eMBA Summer Associate, Uday worked with a leading Brazilian pre-media and marketing services client to draft a 5 year growth strategy. Read More..

The Glamorous Life of a Management Consultant

by Clint Cherco, MBA'13
Clint Cherco, MBA'13

Working for Accenture as a summer intern is not all that dissimilar from working on the SGE immersion project. Read More..

Uncovering the Value of Energy Efficiency in Private Equity Assets

by Jennifer Le, MBA ’13
Jennifer Le, MBA ’13

Jennifer Le spent her summer with The Carlyle Group to develop a customized strategy to incorporate energy efficiency into Carlyle’s U.S. Real Estate investment funds. Read More..

A New Product Alleviates an Expected Downturn in the US Wind Energy Industry

by Konstantin Damm, MBA’13
Konstantin Damm, MBA’13

GE develops products to increase revenue streams from its existing install base in an attempt to offset expected revenue shortfalls as the US’ main Wind energy federal subsidy, the Production Tax Credit (PTC), sunsets at the end of 2013.

 

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A Summer in Rural Tajikistan

by Veronica Lescay Megret, MBA '13
Veronica Lescay Megret, MBA '13

During a ten-week internship working with an international non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Republic of Tajikistan, in addition to eating an exorbitant amount of plov, I received a real life lesson in cross-cultural management; I learned how business models are created at the base of the economic pyramid; and I realized how vital monitoring and evaluation is in the non-profit sector. Read More..

Stop to Feel the Wind on Your Skin

by Ufei Chan, MBA '13
Ufei Chan, MBA '13

An internship as a Marketing Strategy Intern at Weaver Wind Energy has expanded my understanding of the renewable energy industry and of sustainability marketing while giving me a greater appreciation of the natural resources that surround us. Read More..

SGE Experience Shares Similarities with Extreme Blue Internship

by Brandon Frankel, MBA ‘13
Brandon Frankel, MBA ‘13

My summer was spent building and pitching new technology for IBM with a team of engineers as part of the IBM Extreme Blue internship program.

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Let There Be Light (but not too much…)

by Bret Nolan Collazzi, MBA '13
Bret Nolan Collazzi, MBA '13

Working as an EDF Climate Corps fellow at a North Carolina real estate company deepened my understanding of energy efficiency, sustainable design, and what it takes to make a meaningful difference in business.

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Twice as Nice

by Jessica Saturley, MBA '13
Jessica Saturley, MBA '13

Taking on two summer internship projects with Vermont food companies has been a challenge—different businesses, different management styles, different coworkers—but when I look back on everything I’ve learned, I can’t imagine having it any other way. Read More..

What Would Sun Tzu Do? A summer spent analyzing the competition for EnerNOC

by Duncan Cooper, MBA '13
Duncan Cooper, MBA '13

Boston-based clean energy firm EnerNOC wants to know more about their competitors and how they can most effectively compete in a crowded market for building energy efficiency software. Read More..

Embedding Sustainability in Food Services

by Pratima Arapakota, MBA '13
Pratima Arapakota, MBA '13

Exploring Sodexo’s approach to making sustainability a core business strategy.  Read More..

The Smart Way to Make Profits While Serving the Poor

by Erik Simanis, Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies
Erik Simanis, Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies

Most companies trying to do business with the 4 billion people who make up the world's poor follow a formula long touted by bottom-of-the-pyramid experts, however this model has a significant fatal flaw. 
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Is Impact Investing an Asset Class?

by Bruno Vander Velde, MPA'12
Bruno Vander Velde, MPA'12

Despite the potential of impact investing to bring about real social and environmental change, there are still many unanswered questions about the sector.

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Testing our Beliefs in Mumbai

by Tathiana Reis, MBA'12
Tathiana Reis, MBA'12

Tathiana Reis, MBA '12 writes about a vist to the slums of Mumbai to study the target market for a new business aimed at pregnant women. Read More..

Businesses Serving the Poor Need to Get Over Their Unease About Profit

by Erik Simanis, Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies
Erik Simanis, Managing Director of Market Creation Strategies

High margins and very strong profitability are necessities for businesses serving D and E consumers. Read More..

Advocating An Innovation Cycle for Sustainability

Milstein speaks to middle managers about innovation and sustainability while in Japan.  Read More..

IFC’s Efforts to Enable Successful Climate Change Projects

by Adam Edwards, MBA’12
Adam Edwards, MBA’12

The IFC faces significant barriers when promoting climate change projects in developing countries.

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Natalie Grillon, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management MBA 2012, Named Acumen Global Fellow

Prestigious fellowship selects fewer than 1 percent of its 1,000 applicants from 100 countries to work on tackling global poverty Read More..

Is Green Just a Color in China?

by Ufei Chan, MBA '13
Ufei Chan, MBA '13

SGE immersion team works with international cosmetics company to develop a sustainability-marketing plan to drive sales in China. Read More..

Challenging my Perceptions of Sustainability in Ghana

by Lucy Gent Foma, CRP'13
Lucy Gent Foma, CRP'13

Traveling to Ghana during the spring break to conduct research for the Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion project challenged my long-held assumptions on sustainability. Read More..

Doubling Down on SGE

by Bret Nolan Collazzi, MBA '13
Bret Nolan Collazzi, MBA '13

The SGE Club sets its 2012 priorities: strengthening Johnson’s professional network, preparing for a new Dean, and bringing together sustainably minded Cornellians. Read More..

I Belize I can Fly

by Robert Frisch, MBA '13
Robert Frisch, MBA '13

SGE immersion team works with small ecologically focused real estate company to develop island in Belize in an environmentally sustainable manner. Read More..

Johnson’s Energy Club Competes in Renewable Energy Case Competition

by Duncan Cooper, MBA ‘13
Duncan Cooper, MBA ‘13

Student team makes recommendations to Detroit Edison (the local utility operator in Detroit) about the most cost effective way to build renewable energy generation capacity. Read More..

2013 Environmental Finance and Impact Investing (EFII) Fellows Named

by Monica Touesnard, Associate Director
Monica Touesnard, Associate Director

Diverse cohort interests extend across finance + sustainability landscape

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Johnson Students Help Local Business – Acorn Design

by Mick Beideck, MBA '13 and BRM Director of Finance
Mick Beideck, MBA '13 and BRM Director of Finance

With the help of BR Microcaptial (BRM), Acorn Design reinvents its business model for the 21st century. Read More..

Marketing Stoves to BOP Communities in India – A Trek of a Lifetime

by Veronica Lescay Megret, MBA '13
Veronica Lescay Megret, MBA '13

Although I’ve traveled extensively and have been to major Asian cities before, I was not prepared for Mumbai’s intensity.  That's where I spent my winter break working with Aavishkaar, a micro-venture capital fund, and its portfolio company, Servals Automation. Read More..

Agriculture 2.0 Global Investing Conference

by Jessica Saturley, MBA '13
Jessica Saturley, MBA '13

Although I knew there were plenty of students interested in sustainability at Johnson, I didn’t expect to have many networking or educational opportunities directly related to agriculture while in business school. Read More..

GE Renewable Energy Trek

by Konstantin Damm, MBA’13
Konstantin Damm, MBA’13

Johnson MBA students traveled to GE headquarters in Schenectady, NY in December for a series of talks about the current and future renewable industry environment as well as to learn about GE's Renewable Energy Leadership Program (RELP). Read More..

Harvesting the Potential: Sustainable Agriculture in Hawaii

by Ranwei Chiang, MBA ‘13
Ranwei Chiang, MBA ‘13

Prior to business school, I set out to learn what sustainable agriculture means.  I had heard a lot of buzz words and farmers talking about their growing practices, but I wanted to see for myself. Read More..

Water – The Oil of the 21st Century

by Veronica Lescay Megret, MBA ‘13
Veronica Lescay Megret, MBA ‘13

If water is the oil of the 21st century, then MBA students should take note of water issues and how they affect the global economy.

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Firsthand View of Green Building Practices

by John Sharkey, MBA’13
John Sharkey, MBA’13

Sustainable Global Enterprise (SGE) club members attended a private tour of the Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC) in downtown Ithaca, a recently renovated building that is pursuing LEED certification through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Read More..

Net Impact 2011: Something For Everyone

by Selina Ang, MBA '12
Selina Ang, MBA '12

Portland, Oregon may be 2,800 miles away from Ithaca, New York, but eight students and one Career Management Center (CMC) representative made the trek to attend the annual Net Impact Conference this year in late October. Read More..

Operations as a Driver of Change

by Nora Hansanugrum, MBA ‘13
Nora Hansanugrum, MBA ‘13

In my exploration into sustainable enterprise, I’ve come to realize that the concept of “sustainable operations” is one of the major drivers for this shift towards a more sustainable economy. Read More..

Encountering the Expected and Unanticipated at Conference

by Natalie Grillon, MBA '12
Natalie Grillon, MBA '12

Several SGE club members, including myself, left town several weeks ago for the bright lights of New York City to attend the Columbia Social Enterprise Conference, “Social Innovation in a Networked World.” Read More..

Sustainability and Technology Innovation

by Nikhil Suares, MBA '12
Nikhil Suares, MBA '12

Though one may question how sustainability fits into my ongoing quest for innovation and technology management, the time spent in the Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion has been one of my defining moments at Johnson. Read More..

Merging Creative Background with Business

by Jessica Fracassini, MBA '12
Jessica Fracassini, MBA '12

Fortunately for me, Johnson and the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise support MBA students who want to explore alternative career paths.

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Hospitality Meets Mobile Technology

by Selina Ang, MBA’12
Selina Ang, MBA’12

I confess that I have a contagious travel bug. I may also have a case of digital media addiction. What better way to spend my summer than to be an online marketing intern at a leading global hospitality company? Read More..

How Technology and SGE Fit Together

by Alexander Green, MBA'12
Alexander Green, MBA'12

Many have been fascinated by my transition from the SGE immersion to a high-tech company, a pairing that is sometimes surprising. Read More..

Searching for Solutions

by Natalie Grillon, MBA '12
Natalie Grillon, MBA '12

My summer internship as a marketing and sustainability intern at S. C. Johnson focused on three challenging projects requiring a strong ability in both marketing and sustainability skills. 

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The Nature Conservancy: My dream internship

by Kara Schnoes, MBA'12
Kara Schnoes, MBA'12

This challenge was the most rewarding career experience I’ve had to date. The path there was winding and Johnson made it possible. Read More..

Sustainable Mining

by William Martin, MBA'12
William Martin, MBA'12

After learning about the environmental problems in the mining industry during the SGE immersion, I was very interested to uncover the environmental solutions that Emerson Electric could provide to miners. Read More..

A Bright Future for Ithaca Startups

by Tom Long, MBA’12
Tom Long, MBA’12

The Johnson Core and the SGE Immersion provide a strong foundation for work in renewable energy and sustainable startups.

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Public Service Consulting in the National Parks

by Stefanie Levner, MBA ‘12
Stefanie Levner, MBA ‘12

Working for the National Park Service was challenging and rewarding in ways I never imagined possible in a government agency. Read More..

Building a Environmental Culture of Innovation

by Hayley Jean Farr, MBA ‘12
Hayley Jean Farr, MBA ‘12

As a student interested in pursuing a post-MBA career “greening” the health care industry, I am lucky to be spending my summer as an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps Fellow at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Read More..

Improving Livelihoods and Empowering Women

by By Jenna Hobocan, MBA’12
By Jenna Hobocan, MBA’12

Using what I learned in the SGE immersion to think creatively, thoroughly, and thoughtfully, to develop a national clean cookstove market strategy for Indonesia and East Timor. Read More..

Iraq’s Influence on Career in Renewables

by Frank Nicklaus, MBA’12
Frank Nicklaus, MBA’12

Energy significantly impacted and often undermined the social, economic, and environmental conditions in northern Iraq during my time there and influenced my decision to seek a career in renewable energy. Read More..

From Microfinance to Social Investing

by Kavita Nehemiah, MBA ‘12
Kavita Nehemiah, MBA ‘12

Getting hands-on experience at Elevar Equity to determine if a career in impact investing is the right choice.   Read More..

Internship Focused on Water Strategies

by Kavya Krishna, MBA'12
Kavya Krishna, MBA'12

Summer internship with Vestergaard Frandsen, a global company that specializes in disease control products for aid and development. Read More..

Walk the Talk

by Yasuhiro Karakawa, MBA'12
Yasuhiro Karakawa, MBA'12

Working as a summer intern of Strategy and Insight for Sustainability at Landor, a global brand/design consulting firm. Read More..

Sustainability Up in the Clouds

by Vivek Pai, MBA'11
Vivek Pai, MBA'11

Energy innovations surrounding green data centers which support cloud computing will have a significant impact in the impending future in creating a more sustainable environment. Read More..

Johnson MBAs go global - trek to Japan and Korea

by Hostos Monegro, MBA '12
Hostos Monegro, MBA '12

Hostos Monegro, MBA '12, offers this travel journal from the 2011 MBA study trip to Japan and Korea, May 15, 2011, to May 28, 2011. Read More..

SGE at Destination Johnson

by Elaina Dionisopoulos, MBA'12
Elaina Dionisopoulos, MBA'12

SGE students welcome the incoming class of 2013 at Destination Johnson. Read More..

Improving Opportunities for Indian Farmers

by Hayley Farr, MBA '12
Hayley Farr, MBA '12

Conducting on-the-ground research for an SGE immersion sponsor - an agricultural machinery company looking to better understand the growing market for their products in India. Read More..

Branching Out

by Elicia Carmichael, MBA '11
Elicia Carmichael, MBA '11

While visiting a winery, one of the many things Elicia Carmichael learned about sustainable agiculture was just how much fuzzy botrytis fungi is needed to add flavor and depth to wine. Read More..

Soybean to Skateboard
How Cornell research catalyzes development sustainable composite materials

by Adam Kahn, staff writer
Adam Kahn, staff writer

Adam Kahn writes about the visit by Professor Anil Netravali from Cornell’s College of Human Ecology on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Read More..

Green Building at Cornell

by Robert Matelski III, MBA '12
Robert Matelski III, MBA '12

The Green Building & Development Affinity Group tours Weill Hall, a LEED Gold certified building on the Cornell University campus. Read More..

Business Students Help Drive AguaClara’s growth

by Jenna Hobocan, MBA ‘12
Jenna Hobocan, MBA ‘12

Johnson students are collaborating with a team of Cornell engineers to apply their business skills to a clean water project called AguaClara. Read More..

Student Expertise Fuels Knowledge Exchange

by Agata Kostecka, MBA ‘11
Agata Kostecka, MBA ‘11

The Sustainable Consulting Affinty Group organized a Knowledge Exchange, which allowed members to share their passion and expertise. Read More..

Top-tier Business Schools Develop Solutions to Global Water Crisis

by Jenna Hobocan, MBA ‘12
Jenna Hobocan, MBA ‘12

The 2011 Hult Global Case Challenge was a call to action for the world’s brightest business school minds to tackle the world’s most pressing issues. Read More..

Alumni, Students and Faculty Come Together for the First Annual Johnson Energy Connection

by Brianna Tufts, JGSM ’11
Brianna Tufts, JGSM ’11

JEC was designed to bring alumni working in the energy industry back to campus and provide a platform for them to share thoughts and experiences about their careers in the energy industry. Read More..