Developing Sustainable Strategies is Focus of F&ES Alumni Panel

Yale alumni will discuss what they are doing to help corporations develop sustainable strategies even in the midst of an economic crisis in a special program being held on Friday, Oct 9, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).

Titled “Going Green in a Down Economy: The View from Corporate America,” the program will take place 1:30-4 p.m. in Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the F&ES Career Development Office, the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Center for Business and Environment at Yale.

The program will open with a keynote address by F&ES alumnus Andrew Winston, a principal with Winston Eco-Strategies and author of “Green Recovery: Your Company’s Green Guide to Surviving the Recession — and Thriving in the Upturn.” In his book, Winston argues that environmental challenges and increasing “green” awareness have not dissipated in the wake of the financial crisis, and he calls for business and community leaders to face both problems simultaneously. Winston further argues that the same strategies that address environmental issues can help companies survive today’s economic conditions and prosper when the good times return. His book will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

Winston will also be one of the alumni taking part in a panel on corporate sustainability initiatives moderated by Steve Ramsey, senior visiting fellow at Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment and former vice president for corporate environmental programs at General Electric (GE).

The other panelists — all F&ES alumni — will include: Eliza Eubank, who also studied at the Yale School of Management, assistant vice president of environmental and social risk management for Citigroup; Paulette Frank, vice president of sustainability and environmental health and safety consumer group of companies at Johnson & Johnson; and Kristin Morico, global leader for the GE Water Program.

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