October 15, 2010

Illustration by Dennis Doyle

Here are the resources from the Carnegie Council's second annual SEPTEMBER SUSTAINABILITY MONTH , which include events, articles, videos, and a teacher/student competition.

This launches a full year of sustainability programming, from September 2010 to June 2011.

Generous funding of the Carnegie Council's 2010-2011 sustainability programming has been provided by Hewlett-Packard and by Booz & Company.


Leading by Example
Colonel Bob "Brutus" Charette, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps; Rear Admiral Philip Cullom, U.S. Navy, Brigadier General Peter A. "Duke" DeLuca, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Jonathan Powers, Truman National Security Project
Representatives from the Navy, the Marines, and the Army Corps of Engineers illustrate how the U.S. military is on the forefront of efforts to develop and implement renewable, clean energy sources, both to power U.S. forces and to combat climate change.
(Workshops for Ethics in Business. Audio, transcript, video)

Forty Years after Friedman: What Is the Role of Business in Society?
Christine Bader, Advisor to UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights
In 1970 Milton Friedman published an article entitled "The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase Its Profits." What is the social responsibility of companies today?
(Carnegie New Leaders. Audio)

Eco Innovations: Small Sparks, Big Impact
Shakeel Avadhany, Levant Power Corp; Richard A. Cook, Cook+Fox Architects; Peter Hartwell, Hewlett-Packard Labs; Niko Canner, Booz & Company
Three very different inventors talk about their creative process, how their inventions have had a social impact, and what a more sustainable society might look like.
(Workshops for Ethics in Business. Audio, transcript, video)

Facing the Crises of our Time: The UN and the United States in the 21st Century
Gillian Sorensen, United Nations Foundation
"The UN is imperfect but indispensable. Our challenge is to build upon its strengths and address its weaknesses in the most constructive way."
(Carnegie New Leaders. Audio, transcript, video)


Deepwater Drilling and Fossil Fuels
Evan O'Neil, William Vocke, Carnegie Council
Offshore oil spills have devastating consequences, yet storm-drain runoff from leaky cars and gas stations can be just as bad. Do the risks of deepwater drilling outweigh the rewards? Could efficiency and innovations on land meet our energy demands without further drilling?
(Audio, video)

Evan O'Neil, William Vocke, Carnegie Council
What should be the balance between preservation and consumption? Should there be a global ethic for protecting endangered species? If so, how should it be enforced?
(Audio, video)

Declining Fish Stocks
Evan O'Neil, William Vocke, Carnegie Council
Three-quarters of the world's fish stocks are in distress and many fisheries could collapse by midcentury. Should we ban industrial fishing or regulate it for sustainable output? Can farmed fish make up the difference? Furthermore, who will police the oceans? What do you think?
(Audio, video)

The Sustainability of Cities
Evan O'Neil, Julia Taylor Kennedy, Carnegie Council
Half the world now lives in cities, and they are growing. Are megacities an opportunity or a threat?
(Audio, video)

Audio Interviews by Julia Taylor Kennedy

Interview with Ian Yolles, Chief Marketing Officer at RecycleBank
RecycleBank's mission is to entice consumers to recycle with a rewards system similar to frequent flyer programs. "You can think of it, in a sense, as a form of behavioral economics, a carrot-versus-stick approach."
(Audio, transcript)

Interview with Christoph Lueneburger, Sustainability Practice Leader
Christoph Lueneburger is the leader of the sustainability practice and the U.S. private equity practice at Egon Zehnder International, a human capital advisory firm. His prior career includes water investment, and he has brought sustainability into both his personal and professional life.
(Audio, transcript)

Interview with Architect Joan Krevlin
Joan Krevlin's work as an architect demonstrates what integrity can bring to a career. Deploying form and function with integrity is key to design. Krevlin manages to do so in her projects while maintaining environmental sustainability and social accessibility.
(Audio, transcript)


Sustainability: An Engine for Growth

Jeffrey Hittner, Corporate Eco Forum
"Sustainability is changing the way businesses think about innovation—with customers, partners, and within organizations themselves," writes Corporate EcoForum's Jeffrey Hittner.
(Carnegie Ethics Online)

The Ethical Implications of Sea-Level Rise Due to Climate Change
Sujatha Byravan, Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai; Sudhir Chella Rajan, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Does humanity have a moral obligation toward the millions of individuals who will be displaced, primarily due to sea-level rise as the earth's climate warms?
(Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 24.3, Fall 2010)

Shale Gas Goes Global
Christina L. Madden, GovernanceMetrics International
Shale gas reserves are being explored on nearly every continent, with the United States leading the way in the controversial drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing or "hydrofracking."
(Policy Innovations)


WATER: Resources from the Carnegie Council

Lack of clean water causes the death of at least five million people every year, and due to population growth, climate change, and mismanagement, this problem is growing worse. This collection of resources adddresses the following debates: Is water a basic human right? Who should control water management systems? Who shold control bodies of water such as rivers, that cross international boundaries?


Can we build a future in which society lives in harmony with the environment? As students and teachers, you shape our future. Write an essay on how you would improve your school so that it prepares future leaders to protect the planet. Deadline is December 31, 2010. For more details, click here.