What sustainability means to me<br />…. Will we be saved?<br />… or do things need to change?<br />
Currently Accepted Definitions<br />- Wikipedia – <br />Sustainability, in a broad sense, is the capacity to endure.<br />...
A definition that was defined by…<br />Was defining<br />Global Warming<br />Al Gore (and his drowning polar bears) cataly...
TV Shows on CNN & Discovery highlight human impact on the environment while CNBC covers investment opportunities
Children tell their parents to save the word</li></ul>Cleantech Investment<br />Investment in clean technology<br /><ul><l...
Vernacular/ technology are enter mainstream conversations on television
Cleantech investment books become best sellers
Economics of and focus on cleantech firms improves with each dollar rise in oil</li></ul>150 USD Oil<br />Treehuggers and ...
Pressure on governments to regulation and subsidize solutions
Pressure on industry to change - to reduce waste and increase efficiency
Pressure on consumers to change habits – public transport, bicycles, and even walking!</li></li></ul><li>Traditional Defin...
Low Carbon Economy
Green Jobs
Carbon Offsets
Cap & Trade
Border Adjustments
Sequestration
Cap & Trade
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A subject that is at the core of nearly every conversation I have, my goal was to simply show others how I frame sustainability, and then how I take the steps I do. I tend to look past the environmental and investment focuses that have come to define sustainability towards systems and program, and it was through this lens that I really looked to focus the 30 or so who were in attendance.

As it is through this lens that I have developed my own platforms and solutions in China.

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  1. 1.
  2. 2. What sustainability means to me<br />…. Will we be saved?<br />… or do things need to change?<br />
  3. 3. Currently Accepted Definitions<br />- Wikipedia – <br />Sustainability, in a broad sense, is the capacity to endure.<br />In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans it is the potential for long-term maintenance of wellbeing, which in turn depends on the wellbeing of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources.<br />- WashingtonStateUniversity - <br />Sustainable means using methods, systems and materials that won&apos;t deplete resources or harm natural cycles&quot; (Rosenbaum, 1993). <br />Sustainability identifies a concept and attitude in development that looks at a site&apos;s natural land, water, and energy resources as integral aspects of the development&quot; (Vieira,1993) “<br />Sustainability integrates natural systems with human patterns and celebrates continuity, uniqueness and placemaking&quot; (Early, 1993) <br />Definitions that are heavily focused on the environment, and all things “green”<br />
  4. 4. A definition that was defined by…<br />Was defining<br />Global Warming<br />Al Gore (and his drowning polar bears) catalyze global awareness <br /><ul><li>Citizens begin learning about “carbon footprint”/ Schools teaching environmentalism
  5. 5. TV Shows on CNN & Discovery highlight human impact on the environment while CNBC covers investment opportunities
  6. 6. Children tell their parents to save the word</li></ul>Cleantech Investment<br />Investment in clean technology<br /><ul><li>Renewable energy and alternative fuels enter consumer investor portfolio
  7. 7. Vernacular/ technology are enter mainstream conversations on television
  8. 8. Cleantech investment books become best sellers
  9. 9. Economics of and focus on cleantech firms improves with each dollar rise in oil</li></ul>150 USD Oil<br />Treehuggers and yuppies united!<br /><ul><li>Diesel and gas inflation brought calls for change that drowning polar bears could not
  10. 10. Pressure on governments to regulation and subsidize solutions
  11. 11. Pressure on industry to change - to reduce waste and increase efficiency
  12. 12. Pressure on consumers to change habits – public transport, bicycles, and even walking!</li></li></ul><li>Traditional Definitions Lead to.. <br />Catchy phrases:<br /><ul><li>Carbon Footprint
  13. 13. Low Carbon Economy
  14. 14. Green Jobs
  15. 15. Carbon Offsets
  16. 16. Cap & Trade
  17. 17. Border Adjustments
  18. 18. Sequestration
  19. 19. Cap & Trade
  20. 20. Border Adjustments</li></ul>Traditional Solutions:<br />And the conferences…. ALL THOSE GREEN CONFERENCES<br />
  21. 21.
  22. 22. … I was left unsatisfied <br />
  23. 23. But.. It is more than that <br />Clean Energy<br />Carbon offsets<br />Green Jobs<br />Managed Resources<br />Populations & Labor<br />Consumer Safety<br />Urban Planning & Urbanization<br />Food & Agriculture<br />Landfills & eWaste<br />Overpackaging<br />Healthcare<br />Traffic and Transport<br />Healthcare<br />
  24. 24. Building Communities<br />Our Mission:<br /> Hands On China’s mission is connecting people – both locals and foreigners in Shanghai who want to become involved as volunteers in community activities with local charities who need assistance.<br />How We Work:<br />Coordinates volunteer opportunities for active professionals, according to their availability and personal interests<br />2) Support project partners with direct donations, fundraising planning and execution, community project design/implementation<br />3)Design and manage a variety of community relations programs for private sector partners in Shanghai – CorpWorks!<br />
  25. 25. Building Platforms<br />Develop long term capacity within the various actors (NGO, MNC, academic, gov’t, and citizen) to create stable/ sustainable solutions<br /><ul><li>Provide a platform where civil sector professionals can share best practices
  26. 26. Conduct research, study problems, assess program, & create partnerships
  27. 27. Work with social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders to develop capacity
  28. 28. On campus research, develop student leaders, clubs, mentorships, internships</li></ul>Web based platform to highlight the real world issues we face with economic and environmental sustainability.<br /><ul><li>Urban Planning
  29. 29. Water and Land Management
  30. 30. Manufacturing & Materials
  31. 31. Energy
  32. 32. Food & Agriculture
  33. 33. Transportation
  34. 34. Consumerism
  35. 35. Policy</li></ul>Developed the project based class Sustainability and Responsible Leaderships for 193 MBA students<br /><ul><li>To institutionally support society by leveraging its students, faculty, alumni
  36. 36. Improve student awareness of the social and environmental challenges in China
  37. 37. 36 teams will conduct research, develop external partner, & present business plan</li></li></ul><li>Sustainability and Responsible Leadership Project <br />Potential Project Examples<br />Clean Technology<br />Built Environment<br />Manufacturing<br />Resources<br /><ul><li>Land Use
  38. 38. Renewable Materials
  39. 39. Food & Agriculture
  40. 40. Forests and Parks
  41. 41. Bodies of Water
  42. 42. Labor Pools
  43. 43. Waste Management
  44. 44. Air Quality
  45. 45. Life Cycle Analysis
  46. 46. Closed Loop mfg.
  47. 47. Product Design
  48. 48. Packaging/ Waste
  49. 49. Logistics/ Transport
  50. 50. Ethical Supply Chain
  51. 51. Quality Control & Assurance
  52. 52. Recycling & eWaste
  53. 53. Urban Planning
  54. 54. Building Materials
  55. 55. Urban Transport
  56. 56. Greenspace
  57. 57. Energy/ Water efficiency
  58. 58. Build Retrofitting
  59. 59. Building Operation
  60. 60. Affordable Housing
  61. 61. Smartgrid
  62. 62. Biofuels
  63. 63. Transportation
  64. 64. Waste-to-energy
  65. 65. Water Filtration
  66. 66. Clean Coal
  67. 67. Renewable Energy
  68. 68. Carbon Offset/ Trading</li></ul>Economics<br />Civil Society<br />Social Services<br /><ul><li>Civic Engagement
  69. 69. Philanthropy
  70. 70. NGO Development & Capacity
  71. 71. Social Enterprises
  72. 72. Cultural Preservation
  73. 73. Consumer Safety
  74. 74. Community Program
  75. 75. Healthcare
  76. 76. Education
  77. 77. Poverty Alleviation
  78. 78. Elderly Care
  79. 79. Job Training
  80. 80. Rehabilitation & Counseling
  81. 81. Financial Services
  82. 82. Financial Markets
  83. 83. Green Economies
  84. 84. MFG Vs Services
  85. 85. Urbanization
  86. 86. Rural/ Urban Gap
  87. 87. Consumer Spending
  88. 88. Green Consumers</li></li></ul><li>
  89. 89. … but that is just me.<br />
  90. 90. What about you?<br />
  91. 91. A Few Tips To Get You Started<br />Tip 1: Take your first steps close to home<br />Look for places to improve the footprints of your family: Air Conditioning, lighting, personal transportation, imported boxes of cereal, turning off the water when shaving, cooking from scratch, refurbishing before replacement, working out<br />Tip 2: Get Out of your cars<br />Buy a bike, get on the metro, or walk. Shanghai is a city whose mass transit options are clean, safe, and convenient, and by utilizing these options and being a statistic, it will only promote further investment<br />Tip 3: Consume Responsibly<br /><ul><li>Support brands and products that are trying to leave a positive footprint on the communities in which they operate by paying the premium, and encouraging others to do the same
  92. 92. Purchase 2nd hand, refurbish “old” items, and recycle when there is no other alternative. Reuse should come before recycle.</li></ul>Tip 4: Engage in the Community<br />Volunteer, explore the community, serve on a board, and help someone outside your concentric ring. Understand the role you have within the community, your impact on the community, and the responsibility we have to the community<br />Tip 5: Teach others … friends, family, & coworkers<br />
  93. 93. What is your definition of sustainability?What do you see as the core issues?What are the solutions you see?<br />
  94. 94. Will you return home and hope that others will save the world?Or will you engage…. and Be The Change?<br />
  95. 95. A Few Resources<br />Books on what else can happen:<br />Books on what is happening:<br />Books on Individual Actions:<br />Books on sustainability:<br />
  96. 96. My Sites<br />Learn More :<br />All Roads Lead to China www.allroadsleadtochina.com<br />Crossroads www.china-crossroads.com<br />Cleaner Greener China www.cleanergreenerchina.com<br />Get Engaged:<br />Hands On Shanghai www.hansonshanghai.org<br />Hands On Chengdu www.handsonchengdu.org<br />Hands On Hong Kong www.handsonhongkong.org<br />Follow my Tweet!<br />Crossroads @chinaCSR<br />Cleaner Greener China @greenerchina<br />Hands On Shanghai @handsonshanghai<br />Hands On Chengdu @handsonchengdu<br />

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