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Senior fellow at Boston-based sustainable development organization to give talk as part of Ideas & Images series

Jan 23, 2017

Senior fellow Dr. Allen White, of the Boston-based sustainable development organization Tellus Institute, will discuss the role of business in practicing sustainability during a talk for the college’s Ideas & Images series on Tuesday, Jan. 24. He will serve as a substitute speaker for Margaret Fenwick, Flagler alumna and manager at the United Nations, who is not able to attend due to travel-related issues. The lecture will take place in Lewis Auditorium at 7 p.m.

At Tellus Institute, White serves as vice president and directs the Corporate Redesign program, which partners with leading thinkers and practitioners to develop new sustainability initiatives. In 1997, he co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative and served as its acting CEO until 2002. In 2004, he co-founded and is now director of Corporation 2020, an initiative focused on designing future corporations to create and sustain social mission.

For his expertise in sustainability strategy, policy, tools and standards, he has been engaged by multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank; foundations such as the Pew Charitable Trusts and the UN Foundation; numerous Fortune 500 companies; United States Environmental Protection Agency; and non-governmental organizations such as Oxfam and People4Earth. He has held faculty and research positions at the University of Connecticut, Clark University and Battelle Laboratories, and he is a former Fulbright Scholar in Peru. He was founding chair of GAN-Net/iScale and has served on boards, advisory groups and committees of the International Corporate Governance Network, Civic Capital, Instituto Ethos (Brazil), the New Economy Network, New Earth/Earthster and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Since 2005, White has served as senior advisor to Business for Social Responsibility and to Ceres, a non-profit advocacy group, as a principal architect of the first standardized environmental reporting framework in the years following launch of the organization in 1990. He is co-author of “Corporate Environmentalism in a Global Economy” and has published and spoken widely on corporate design, sustainability, accountability and governance.

White received a doctoral degree in Geography from Ohio State University.

This year’s Ideas & Images series is titled “Next 50 Years: Dialogue for a Global Future – Science, Heritage, Business, Technology, Education.” Additional presentations for the academic year include:
•           Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, Brian Goeken, Chief, Technical Preservation Services for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., “Preserving our Built Heritage in the 21st Century: Addressing Contemporary Challenges”
•           Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Dr. Paul Sutter, 2016 Carson Fellow with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and Professor of History, University of Colorado – Boulder, “Automobiles, National Parks, and the Origins of Modern Wilderness Advocacy”
For a full listing of all 2016-2017 Ideas & Image events, please visit here. All talks are free and open to the public.
Partners for this series are the National Park Service and its Find Your Park Centennial initiative, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Florida Public Archaeology Network.  The series is made possible with assistance from a variety of sponsors including: the Joy McCann Foundation, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Casa Monica Hotel, Margaret Domini and Flagler College Bookstore.
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