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Sustainability Webinars

This page lists activities associated with the Sustainability Council at Smeal.

On November 1, 2012, Smeal hosted a third Sustainability Webinar for faculty and students on the topic of "Key Performance Indicators for Assessing the Corporate Triple Bottom-line".

This webinar explored the key performance indicators (KPIs) that companies are collecting and reporting annually for investors and NGOs.  Non-financial measures (e.g., carbon emissions, recycled waste, workplace safety, talent development, diversity) are proliferating as stakeholders and their interest in corporate sustainability increase.  Issues explored included the non-financial measures collected, measurement challenges, how non-financial measure impact financial measures, and how non-financial measures relate to corporate performance and competitive strategy.

  • Kevin McKnight, Director of EHS and Sustainability, Alcoa
  • John Disharoon, Vice President of Industry Relations, Caterpillar - Global Mining

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On November 30, 2010, Smeal hosted a second Sustainability Webinar for faculty and students on the topic of "Incentives to Encourage Sustainability in Corporate Decision-Making".

Participants asked these executives about the nature, scope, development and application of sustainability metrics within their companies.  Three executive members of the Advisory Board of the Smeal Sustainability Council participated as panelists:

  • David Kiser,  Vice President of EHS and Sustainability, International Paper
  • Kevin McKnight, Director, EHS and Sustainability, Alcoa
  • John Disharoon, Sustainable Development Manager, Caterpillar

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On March 16, 2010, Smeal hosted a Sustainability Webinar for faculty and students allowing them an extraordinary opportunity to "talk" with three senior executives with corporate-wide responsibility for sustainability.

Participants asked these executives about their company's priorities for sustainability, how they plan and implement initiatives, their successes and challenges, career opportunities in their company, etc.  The executives are members of the Advisory Board of the Smeal Sustainability Council:

  • Dawn Rittenhouse,  Director of Sustainable Development, DuPont
  • Kevin McKnight, Director, EHS and Sustainability, Alcoa
  • Tod Arbogast, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Avon Products

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