Home Depot Founder to Discuss Sustainability

Arthur Blank, co-chair of the Home Depot board of directors, will discuss “The Journey Toward Sustainability” on Thursday, April 19, at 4:00 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, 205 Prospect Street.

The free lecture is part of the Industrial Environmental Management Program’s spring lecture series on “Business and the Environment in a New Century” at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Blank, who co-founded Home Depot with Bernie Marcus in 1978, helped build the company into the world’s largest home improvement retailer and one of Fortune magazine’s “Global Most Admired Companies.” Based in Atlanta, it has over 1,000 stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Chile and Argentina.

The company was the first home improvement retailer to pioneer the U.S. market for wood products certified under the principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an organization that facilitates the increased purchase, use, and sale of third-party, independent, certified forest products.

The lecture is sponsored by the Joel Omura Kurihara Fund, which was established in memory of Joel Kurihara, F&ES class of 1992, to support programs that improve business and environmental relations.

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