Category: Energy & Environment Sector

The Smart Grid as Rich Playground for Small Businesses

May 28th, 2010 in Digital Technology Sector, Energy & Environment Sector, MediaWatch, Sectors, SMG Hot Topics, Video

The Smart Grid as Rich Playground for Small Businesses.

Video from the event Smart Grid as a Business Platform: Innovation, Adaptation, and Systems Challenges in the Clean Energy Market, held at the Time-Life Center in New York and hosted by Boston University School of Management.

Video from the event “Smart Grid as a Business Platform: Innovation, Adaptation, and Systems Challenges in the Clean Energy Market,” held at the Time-Life Center in New York and hosted by Boston University School of Management.

In this clip, the panelists explain the opportunities for entrepreneurship and technical innovations that the smart grid presents.

Moderator: Louis E. Lataif, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, Boston University School of Management

Panelists:
Nalin Kulatilaka, The Wing Tat Lee Family Professor in Management, Boston University School of Management
Kenneth Lutchen, Dean, Boston University College of Engineering
Brian Dumaine, Global Editor, Fortune

Clean Energy, the US, and China: Are We Falling Behind in Global Competition?

May 28th, 2010 in Digital Technology Sector, Energy & Environment Sector, Global Work, MediaWatch, Sectors, SMG Hot Topics, Video

Clean Energy, the US, and China: Are We Falling Behind in Global Competition?

Video from the event Smart Grid as a Business Platform: Innovation, Adaptation, and Systems Challenges in the Clean Energy Market, held at the Time-Life Center in New York and hosted by Boston University School of Management.

Video from the event “Smart Grid as a Business Platform: Innovation, Adaptation, and Systems Challenges in the Clean Energy Market,” held at the Time-Life Center in New York and hosted by Boston University School of Management.

Here, the panelists discuss the possibility of the US lagging behind other countries such as China in creating and supporting clean energy initiatives.

Moderator:
Louis E. Lataif, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, Boston University School of Management

Panelists:
Nalin Kulatilaka, The Wing Tat Lee Family Professor in Management, Boston University School of Management
Kenneth Lutchen, Dean, Boston University College of Engineering
Brian Dumaine, Global Editor, Fortune

Clean Energy: Incentivizing the “Nega-watt”

May 28th, 2010 in Digital Technology Sector, Energy & Environment Sector, MediaWatch, Sectors, SMG Hot Topics, Video

Clean Energy: Incentivizing the Nega-watt

Video from the event Smart Grid as a Business Platform: Innovation, Adaptation, and Systems Challenges in the Clean Energy Market, held at the Time-Life Center in New York and hosted by Boston University School of Management.

Video from the event “Smart Grid as a Business Platform: Innovation, Adaptation, and Systems Challenges in the Clean Energy Market,” held at the Time-Life Center in New York and hosted by Boston University School of Management.

Here, the panelists discuss strategies for making smart energy more tangible to the consumer.

Moderator: Louis E. Lataif, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, Boston University School of Management

Panelists:
Nalin Kulatilaka, The Wing Tat Lee Family Professor in Management, Boston University School of Management
Kenneth Lutchen, Dean, Boston University College of Engineering
Brian Dumaine, Global Editor, Fortune

MBA Students Assess Sustainability Reporting for Fortune 300 Company

May 27th, 2010 in Energy & Environment Sector, Graduate Students, News, Press Release, Sectors, Social Impact, Students

WindmillsTeam Completes Project for Praxair

In a directed field study, five MBA students from Boston University School of Management worked on a project for the company Praxair, Inc. to assess sustainability reports for compliance with the emerging Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards and to make recommendations for improving sustainability stakeholder engagement. Praxair is a $9B, Fortune 300 supplier of industrial gases based in Danbury, CT.

Praxair is the only industrial gas company to achieve a ranking in the 2009/10 world Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and one of only four chemical companies to achieve this ranking for seven consecutive years.

“The students did a great job and provided important input.”

The student team consisted of 2nd years Susie Keane, Ashley Jablow, Lee Wong, Evan DaSilva and Gabriel Wuebben, who presented their final report to Praxair at the corporate headquarters in Danbury, CT last month. Paul McManus served as the faculty leader on the project whose faculty advisory committee included Jim PostJack McCarthy, Nitin Joglekar, and Kristin McCormack.

“Sustainability is rising to the top of the agenda for business in the 21st century. Students see this as both a social need and a competitive opportunity.”

Professor Kristen McCormack, Faculty Director of the Public and Non-Profit Management Program, remarks on the crucial need for field work as part of the MBA student experience: “We build field work projects into many of our courses because it provides students the opportunity to use their newly honed business skills in a practical setting.  The projects also benefit the companies, because the students bring a fresh perspective to entrenched business challenges.”

Along with Riva Krut, Director of Sustainability (and the project “client”) at Praxair, the audience included Corporate Environmental Counsel; SVPs of Sales, and Human Resources; Directors of Diversity, R&D, Corporate Communications, and Leadership Development, as well as several others.

“This was an opportunity for us to receive feedback on our sustainability program from an important stakeholder group.”

One student, Ashley Jablow, remarked, “As a student of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, I’ve found that in-class learning is important but it can only take students so far. This project allowed me and my teammates to step outside of the classroom and consider a real-world case study of how sustainability can align with and add value to corporate strategy. Working with Praxair was an invaluable experience and one of the highlights of my MBA training.”

Professor Paul McManus Blogs from, and Post, Copenhagen Climate Summit

March 15th, 2010 in Energy & Environment Sector, Global Work, School, Sectors, SMG Hot Topics, Social Impact, Strategy & Innovation

“A Climate of Change: Copenhagen and Beyond”

 

Paul McManusClean energy expert Paul McManus, executive-in-residence and lecturer at the School of Management at Boston University, joined the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference, blogging from, and then beyond, the event.  McManus is director of International Programs for the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (ITEC) and a steering-committee member of the Boston University Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative (CEESI).

Latest Post–February 21, 2009: The New Business Agenda (2): The Need for New, True Pricing Paradigms

Check out his entire blog,  ”A Climate of Change: Copenhagen and Beyond,” for his impressions and perspectives about the conference as a whole, as well its potential impact on global sustainability.

Smart Grid as a Business Platform: Innovation, Adaptation, and Systems Challenges in the Clean Energy Market

March 15th, 2010 in Digital Technology Sector, Energy & Environment Sector, MediaWatch, Sectors, SMG Hot Topics, Video

Video from the event “Smart Grid as a Business Platform: Innovation, Adaptation, and Systems Challenges in the Clean Energy Market,” hosted by Boston University School of Management at the Time & Life Conference Center, NYC, on October 7, 2009.

Moderator:
Louis E. Lataif, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, Boston University School of Management

Panelists:
Nalin Kulatilaka, The Wing Tat Lee Family Professor in Management, Boston University School of Management
Kenneth Lutchen, Dean, Boston University College of Engineering
Brian Dumaine, Global Editor, Fortune

Clips from the event:

Aspen Institute’s Global 100: Beyond Grey Pinstripes Ranking

March 15th, 2010 in Energy & Environment Sector, News, Press Release, School, Sectors, SMG Hot Topics, Social Impact

studyingSchool Ranks 37th in U.S. for Social and Environmental Stewardship

 

The Aspen Institute places Boston University School of Management #37 nationally and #52 globally for MBA programs that “lead the way in integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into their curricula and scholarly research.”

This biennial ranking, published in their report “Aspen’s Global 100: Beyond Grey Pinstripes,” also recognizes schools that prepare the MBA graduates best equipped for “success in a competitive and fast changing global economy.”

“Aspen’s Global 100” focuses specifically on four areas:

  • Relevant courses
  • Student exposure
  • For-profit impact
  • Faculty research

The School ranked particularly high in the for-profit impact category (14th internationally), illustrating the degree to which Boston University School of Management encourages students to change business values and practices across the board, and not only within specialized industries.

Related links:
Public & Nonprofit Management Program
Energy Club
Net Impact Club
Public & Nonprofit Mangement Club

Students Embark on BU’s Brazilian Field Seminar: Global Sustainability

March 15th, 2010 in Energy & Environment Sector, Global Work, Graduate Students, School, Sectors, SMG Hot Topics, Social Impact, Students

Salvador, São Paulo, Paraty, & Rio de Janeiro

 

Participants on a previous Brazilian Field Seminar site visitJanuary 2 – 14, 2010

As the new decade begins, a group of Boston University MBA students are embarking on the Brazilian Field Seminar, exploring  how business can use technical innovations, management practices, and entrepreneurial initiatives to address challenges in sustainability.

Students will visit the following organizations, among others—putting them face-to-face with issues of economic development and sustainability in agribusiness, the arts, the financial services industry, and more:

  • Mucambu Association, Salvador
  • Project Via Magia, Salvador
  • Odebrecht Foundation, Salvador
  • Natura, São Paulo
  • Prosperity Investments, São Paulo
  • Ocean Future Society / Dow, São Paulo
  • Pinheiro Neto, São Paulo
  • International Paper, São Paulo
  • Bradesco Foundation, São Paulo
  • Vale do Rio Doce, Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016 Brazil Olympic Committee, Rio de Janeiro

The goal—to allow students to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of current global sustainability challenges
  • Compare and contrast different approaches to corporate social responsibility in Brazil
  • Understand the opportunities and challenges of a variety of Brazilian sustainable business models and practices
  • Learn how to identify business opportunities for sustainable development that meet the needs of emerging markets
  • Experience the social and cultural context within which businesses and NGOs operate
  • Explore and develop a personal framework related to the role of business in society

More about Boston University School of Management’s International Field Seminars

Alum Keith Warner’s Firm Undertakes New Soft Water Eco-Initiative

March 15th, 2010 in Alumni, Energy & Environment Sector, Sectors

Warner, GSM ’85

Keith Warner (GSM '85)

Keith Warner (GSM '85)

Putting a New "Ecowater Systems Quadraplex" Into Play to Benefit the Environment

Keith Warner, Boston University School of Management alumnus (MBA ’85), and his Denver-based firm Highland Water, have launched the largest project of its kind ever undertaken by an independent water treatment dealer in Colorado.

Highland Water, along with partner Suburban Water Technology,  worked together to supply an entirely new water softening system for the Sheraton® Denver Downtown Hotel. Explaining how the new water softener system will benefit the environment, Keith Warner says,

“The approximate 40% reduction in water use means a considerable reduction in the amount of sodium and chloride, key components of a water softening system, into Denver’s municipal water system….This will be of tremendous benefit to Colorado, which periodically experiences drought conditions, and is especially important given the hotel’s downtown location in the heart of Denver’s business and financial districts.”

According to a press release from Highland Water, “Another benefit of the Ecowater Systems Quadraplex softening system for the 1,231 room hotel is a reduction of up to 60% of previously used detergent and cleaning chemicals, also resulting in more environmentally conscientious operations.”

Read more at Warner’s Highland Water Blog.

ITEC Announces Finalists for 10th Annual $50K Business Plan Competition

March 15th, 2010 in Digital Technology Sector, Energy & Environment Sector, Entrepreneurship, Health Sector, School, Sectors, Social Impact, Students

 

Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and CommercializationBoston University School of Management’s Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC)  is thrilled to announce the team finalists for the 10th Annual $50K Business Plan Competition :

  • Better Means is a web-based platform platform that fosters entrepreneurial autonomy and organizational belong. BU Team members: Karim BIshay & Adele Burnes
  • CorMend offers a treatment for chronic heart failure. BU Team member Keith Jansen
  • LED 2.0 delivers energy-effiicient LED lighting for residential, commercial and government applications. BU team member Perry Grossman
  • mobiLIFE provides a bluetooth-enabled continuous glucose monitor with precise readings. BU Team members Brian Chan and Dan Collins.

The four teams will compete for prizes worth over $50,000 at the final competition held at the Boston University School of Management on April 7, 2010 and is open to the public.

Each team will present its plan to a panel of judges consisting of VC’s and other members of the business community. The panel of judges considers the quality of the written business plan along with the ability of the team to successfully communicate the goals of their plan.