I have several goals I would like to achieve by the end of 2014. As expected, they revolve around school, work and my personal life. With regards to school, I hope to:
- Create an appropriate set of criteria for MBA@UNC students to become CSE Leadership Fellows
- Coordinate and advertise for online students to attend on-campus seminars and conferences
- Begin the process of forming a leadership team to create the first online Net Impact Club
- Continue to grow our membership and raise awareness of sustainability with MBA@UNC students
MBA@UNC students work in a variety of roles in organizations that span the globe. By providing them with an opportunity to discover and implement sustainability-minded strategies and tools, these students can have an immediate impact on their firms. I hope to help make this possible through these goals.
I have an opportunity to work with a women’s fitness corporation that provides a great service to its customers. Although they must focus on profits to grow their company, they also have the power to have an amazing impact on women and on communities within which those women live. I hope to help them establish a CSR program in their organization and implement sustainability-minded policies that can be carried out by the corporation and their franchises.
My family and I have many changes ahead in our personal life: ending my military service and beginning a new career (in process), moving to a new city and — most importantly — welcoming a baby into the world. In Tulsa, I plan to find a new, fulfilling career in a company that shares, or at least accepts, my values with regards to sustainability. I also want to bring my son or daughter into the world and begin raising him or her with an eye towards reducing consumerism and waste.
– James Antoniono (MBA@UNC ’14)
I don’t really do New Years resolutions, but I have made a commitment to only buy groceries if I have reusable bags. I have bought so many reusable cloth bags for my groceries and always forget them at home when I go to the store. This is actually more wasteful because I have excess cloth bags and use the paper bags at the store. So now I am only allowing myself to buy groceries if I have the reusable bags or can carry my purchases home without a bag. This is a small step, but it’s really just a commitment to hold myself accountable.
– Meredith Magjuka (BSBA ’14)
I like the idea of a personal sustainability resolution. My resolution for 2014 comes from recent observations in the garden. The last time I was emptying food scraps into my compost pile, I noticed two ‘volunteer’ avocado plants defying the odds and growing out of the pile. My sustainability resolution is to plant companion species like comfrey and woody herbs near those avocado plants to nurture them further and see how they adapt and grow. I would certainly enjoy seeing them grow to a state of harvest.
– Leif Forer (wEMBA ’14)
Three of my resolutions this year that have a sustainability-bent to them are:
- In restrooms with paper towels and not air dryers, to only use one paper towel and teach others how to do the same (see this TED talk).
- Have at least 80 percent of my ingredients in meals I cook be locally and sustainably produced/harvested.
- Before critiquing the sustainability practices of any company, to do research as to any existing sustainability initiatives it may have. I know some trade-offs still have to be made and that not all companies can be completely green, so I just want to be better educated about how different companies prioritize their initiatives.
– Shalini Chudasama (BSBA ’14)
I’ve had the opportunity to attend Safe Zone training and an anti-racism workshop. At both seminars, we began by setting a common ground rule: Assume the best intentions. This phrase has stuck with me, and I’ve decided to make it my New Year’s resolution.
It can be all too easy to take feedback personally, or to unintentionally deny other people’s experiences because they do not sound like your own. In the sustainability community, for example, many of us get married to our mission and find it difficult to accept well-intentioned suggestions from allies. By starting from a mindset of assuming the best intentions, we can do a better job of accepting feedback for what it is: A contribution from an ally to strengthen our impact.
– Emily Liner (MBA ’15)