September 25, 2017


Spread the Word About Sustainability

Sponsored by The Council for Sustainable Florida

| 10/1/2007



Spreading the Word

The Council for Sustainable Florida’s Executive Forums provide an opportunity for business, civic and government leaders to learn about and discuss how to adopt sustainable development principles.

Forums have focused on such topics as market-based incentives, tourism, agriculture and transportation.

The Council hosted the state’s first Executive Forum on Climate Change in January featuring U.S. Senator Connie Mack (ret.). The forum’s focus on economic opportunities provided a balanced look at issues facing Florida and the nation.

The Council’s efforts continued at the University of Florida in September with an Executive Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility featuring coaching sessions with national experts Hunter Lovins and Bob Willard.

Teaching Sustainability

With thousands graduating annually from business and management programs in Florida’s colleges and universities, the Council launched the Educational Alliance for Sustainable Florida (EASF). The EASF project is based on the belief that Florida’s sustainability will be strongly influenced by the quality of these graduates.

Educational AllianceFlorida will experience a healthier economic and environmental future through the Council’s efforts with faculty and administrators of Florida’s business and management programs by creating an open dialogue with business leaders.
The Council encourages schools to incorporate the concepts of sustainable development in their programs and increase the emphasis on sustainability in MBA curricula, law and other areas of study.

The commitment by Florida’s business and law schools to include sustainability teaching and concepts as part of the graduate management training is the key to achieving the project’s intended goals:

  • Support the efforts of participating universities to integrate sustainability into their curricula as they deem appropriate;
  • Increase the number of students graduating with practical experience and knowledge in the integration of sustainability into business and management practices;
  • Increase recognition among Florida’s businesses that students with practical experience and knowledge in the integration of sustainability into business and management practices have a competitive advantage over those without it.

» Go to the Council’s website for case studies and a compilation of Florida Best Practices for use in the classroom.

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  • Breaking News: Nova Southeastern University calls $200 million commitment from Patel Family 'transformational'

    Today, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announces the largest philanthropic gift in its history from Tampa-area cardiologist Dr. Kiran C. Patel and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Pallavi Patel. The commitment from the Patel Family Foundation includes a $50 million gift and an additional $150 million for real estate and facilities. The money will be used to expand the university's programs in osteopathic medicine and health care sciences, and also to develop a new 27-acre campus for NSU in Clearwater, Fla. The Patels are renowned in Florida for their philanthropy, community service and entrepreneurship.

    “This gift and additional investment will enrich NSU’s ability to educate highly-qualified physicians and health care professionals who understand how the medical disciplines can and must work together. These future leaders will represent the cultural diversity of our region, our nation and our world so that they can better serve their patients and communities,” said NSU President Dr. George Hanbury.

    Their $50 million gift, one of the seven-largest to any Florida university in history, catapults NSU to more than 84% of its goal to raise $250 million by 2020 for its Realizing Potential philanthropic campaign.

    Read more at the news release, here.

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