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Sustainable Business Practices and Natural Capital

The Importance of Nature to the Economy and Our Community

Sponsored by: Sustainability Alliance

Speaker(s): Dr. Peter Kareiva

Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please join the Sustainability Alliance for a talk with Peter Kareiva, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, who will share his research and thoughts on understanding the intricate link between nature and business. In ecology, there is a concept known as “keystone species”; the presence of a keystone species fundamentally and disproportionately shapes the community or ecosystem it inhabits relative to its size or abundance. Today, global corporations can be thought of as keystone species – from energy flows and materials used to impacts on land and water – and by collaborating with select corporations, science can be applied to identify business practices that favor nature, business and people.

Peter Kareiva is responsible for maintaining the quality of over 600 staff engaged in conservation science in over 30 countries around the world at The Nature Conservancy. Peter’s current research concerns the connection between human activities, global corporate sustainability initiatives and changes in the benefits ecosystems provide. He is also involved in designing a suite of tools used to quantify the benefits nature provides, as part of the Natural Capital Project, a collaboration with Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and World Wildlife Fund. This past April, Peter was inducted in to the National Academy of Science for his excellence in original scientific research.

This event is endorsed by the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value.

Fee: No

Contact Information:

Stephanie Strong Corbett
Director of Sustainability
Case Western Reserve University
Direct: 216-368-6174


Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235

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