MBA Sustainability Alumni Wins Prestigous EBJ Business Achievement Award

Conor Gillespie, MBA Sustainability Alumnures_color_logos, works at Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC (RES) which is the nation’s leading supplier of ecological offsets for unavoidable project-related impacts to wetlands, streams and habitats. The company, including Conor, will be the recipients of the Environmental Business Journal’s 2015 Award for Project Merit. Congratulations to Conor Gillespie, and everyone at RES, for achieving this impressive feat!

Check out the full article here: RES Receives 2015 Business Achievement Award

 

Net Impact Mixer at the Science Center

12512828_10153231241192204_8071218061155347040_nMembers from across campuses in the Net Impact community met to explore the wonderment and knowledge inside the Carnegie Science Center. The 12507582_10153231241122204_8672163904666736950_n21+ Night was the stage for a meeting of minds, and some fun, as members of Duquesne, Chatham, and Carnegie Mellon Net Impact chapters came together to network. The night included exciting conversations, interesting exhibits, and enjoyable times in the interactive kid’s area. It was a great evening of meeting new people who had the same drive and motivation to make the change that they want to see in the world.

Back From China! Check Us Out!

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The Great Wall of China was made of stone, brick, wood and other materials that were built to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups. The wall was built during Qin Shihuang’s time who was the first emperor of China. The wall extended over 13,000 miles across China. During our trip, we were given an hour to climb as high as we could up the wall. It was a hot day (over 90° F), but the Great Wall was a most amazing experience! The views were beautiful, and we felt a sense of accomplishment the higher we climbed! -Elise Farris


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During the first week of the trip, many of us were wondering where local residents go to work out, and we found it! It is about 60 acres of parkland with beautiful trees, rivers, historic palaces, bridges, etc. Locals were power walking, meditating, swimming, and relaxing. I’ve never seen a place so breathtaking as the Summer Palace in Beijing. I almost felt surprised that the Chinese allow foreigners into such a place. #nofilter on picture – Sarah Jilbert


Biking all around the perimeter of the ancient Xi’an city walls was a great experience. We got some exercise and had a chance to have a 360° view of this city that has a history that goes back almost 300 years.  The other incredible place to see in Xi’an was the Terracotta warriors. It was impressive to see this huge army that was built to protect the emperors tomb over 2000 years ago. -Patrick Cellie

Duquesne Places Third in the Green Workplace Challenge

By: Matt Lepri

GWC photoOver the past nine months, I had the great opportunity to oversee Duquesne University’s MBA Sustainability program’s involvement in this years Green Workplace Challenge (GWC). The Pittsburgh GWC is a year-long competition for organizations, such as Duquesne, to save money and gain recognition through the implementation of green initiatives.

As part of my fellowship duties for the MBA Sustainability program, I tracked, measured, and implemented sustainability initiatives over a wide range of categories which include: energy, water, waste, transportation, policy, and engagement.​ In the University division, Duquesne placed in 3rd place and earned a total of 107 green action points. The competition-wide sustainable initiatives reaped incredible savings, as participants in total saved 37,300,000 kWh of energy, valued at over $3 million, 5,421,000 gallons of water, and 4821 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions​.

LEED-ing Rockwell Towards Sustainable Design

photo 2Students, Lixuan He, Peter Kassouf, Nicholas Monzo, and Laura Monahan, placed first in Duquesne’s MBA Sustainability LEED Commercial Interiors design project. Two students in our class, architect Dan Sutton and Carnegie Mellon University architecture student Rohini Srivistava consulted the student teams throughout the semester-long project.

“Being a consultant for the LEED CI project was very enjoyable because it allowed me to share my background experience and education with my classmates,” shared student and architect Dan Sutton.  “It was rewarding to see how each groups project developed over time and it was great to see how teams would take my advice and make it their own to create their new vision for Rockwell Hall.”

All of the student teams went outside their comfort zone to envision a plan for Rockwell Hall that accounted for triple bottom line benefits.  The students were instructed to create a design within a $2M budget that considers and educates stakeholders, while demonstrating the highest possible LEED CI point rating.

“The LEED CI project was an exciting opportunity to take sustainability concepts and get creative by applying them to a project that’s very close to our program, since it involves renovating the building that we use every day,” shared Nick Monzo, member of the winning team. “I’ve always enjoyed construction projects with my dad, and I loved having the chance to plan a large-scale project with a strategic sustainability vision in mind.”

photoEach year, Dr. Sroufe’s spring course, Sustainability Tools and Processes, includes a LEED CI project that focuses on different parts of Duquesne University.  Throughout the spring semester, Dr. Sroufe arranged visits and guest lecturers to educate the cohort on sustainable building design that assisted with our projects.  This year’s challenge forced the cohort to envision a new design for the concourse and basement levels of Rockwell Hall.  A panel of judges including architects, professors, alumni, and members of the business community judged teams in this competition.

 

Student Spotlight: Derick Florian

1395183_696689442043_1255847136_nBefore Duquesne: Derick, a Pittsburgh native, attended The Ohio State University where he majored in Mandarin Chinese and minored in Business.

Why Duquesne: “I chose this MBA program for the ability to participate in the live consulting projects”. This year Derick had the opportunity to complete consulting projects with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Braskem, and B Corps. Duquesne gave him the opportunity to compete in various case competitions including the Aspen Business & Society International Case Competition and the ACG Cup. Derick was part of the team that placed 2nd place in the Aspen business & Society International MBA Competition.

Beyond Duquesne: After graduation, Derick is excited to pursue a management role in a supply chain. In the future, Derick is interested in opportunities in China since he enjoys the Chinese language and culture.

Harvard Business School Professor Provides Insights to Summer Consulting Projects

chrismarquisToday, Harvard Business School’s Dr. Chris Marquis visited Duquesne University, his father’s alma mater, to speak to our MBA Sustainability cohort, professors, and Pittsburgh-area business partners.

Dr. Marquis is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School and is affiliated with the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and Harvard University Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations.  He teaches the MBA elective Social Entrepreneurship in the Business Sector and a doctoral course on Organizational Theory.

Duquesne professors met Dr. Marquis at the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneers award ceremony in the fall. Dr. Marquis, along with our very own Dr. Sroufe, were both recognized as finalist for the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer award, dubbed the “Oscars of the business school world” by the Financial Times.

Dr. Marquis’s visit included an open forum discussion regarding the topics of “Social Entrepreneurship and Creating System Level Change”.  The discussion included topics like one-for-one models, benefit corporations, and impact investing, and system-level change as a social movement.

The discussion regarding B Corps is especially relevant to those in the cohort working with B Labs for their summer consulting project.  Interestingly, there are over 1,000 B Corps nationally, and five in Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh B Corps include Evolve EA, SEEDS, The Big Idea Bookstore, ReWork, and Thread.  We are thankful for the relevant and interesting conversation with Dr. Marquis today!

Igniting Change with Summer Consulting Projects

Each semester, our cohort has the opportunity to consult with various organizations. This year’s consulting partners have included PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Braskem, General Electric, Alcoa, and PPG. This summer’s consulting projects include B Lab, Blue Tree Angels, City of Pittsburgh, Idea Foundry Intersector, Because, Pittsburgh Green Innovators, and PittMoss Growers Association are joining the list! This semester students will have the opportunity to ignite change with these innovative organizations.