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Fisher hosts executive sustainability conference

Published: 2012-08-07

Senior Associate Dean Steve Mangum at sustainability conference with executives from corporate co-sponsors Dow, Grief, and Battelle
Senior Associate Dean Steve Mangum, left, with executives from the conference's corporate co-sponsors: Mike Gasser, Executive Chairman, Greif; Jarod Davis, Sustainability External Engagement executive, Dow; and Jeffrey Wadsworth, President and CEO, Battelle

The WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) selected Fisher to hold its second annual conference, a summit of chief executive officers and executives from around the midwest, to address sustainability solutions in the business world.

Greif and Dow, two of Fisher’s most active corporate partners in sustainability programs, were co-sponsors of the event.  This year’s meeting focused on water trends in the U.S. and technologies to control water pollution and what companies can do to employ more sustainable water consumption and waste strategies.

Speakers at the event included Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee and Benjamin Campbell, assistant professor in the Department of Management and Human Resources.

Gee welcomed the approximately 160 attendees: “In this room are some of the most influential business leaders in the country who can have a positive impact on issues facing our country on energy and sustainability.”

Gee went on to cite the number of activities occurring at Ohio State, including students in Fisher’s Six Sigma class who took on a waste management project for several university residence halls that led to the overhaul of the trash removal process.

Peter Bakker, president of WBCSD, emphasized the role that education plays in developing business leaders that embrace sustainability.

Fisher’s Campbell  gave an overview of current Fisher students, who he said not only embraced sustainability but have led initiatives at the college.  “Our Net Impact chapter has made sustainability projects a focus of their activities,” he said.