Susan Hopp is a Presidio MBA in Sustainable Management. She writes about a wide range of topics reflecting the intersection of sustainability with societal response. Coming from a career in technology start-ups, she knows the power of business as a powerful change agent.

Is the World Bank Becoming a Voice for Climate Change Action?

The 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Bank and IMF is underway in Washington D.C.  At Thursday’s opening press conference, President Robert Zoellick made some remarks which seem to corroborate the Guardian’s recent report of leaked World Bank draft report entitles “Mobilizing Climate Finance.” The report urges rich countries to eliminate $50B a year in … Continued

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Quantifying the Shark Fin Market: A Perspective on Wiping Out a Species

Having just returned from a diving trip to the Galapagos Islands, the news that California may soon join Hawaii, Washington, and Oregon in banning shark fin soup was a pleasant surprise. The Galapagos are the site of some of the earliest research about evolution and they are also a designated a protected marine reserve (although … Continued

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Connecting the Dots: Diet and Health (People, Planet, Economy)

While battles in Washington DC take a breather, there is no end in sight for one of the main culprits exacerbating budget problems.  Healthcare, in the form of Medicare and Medicaid costs, eats up about 21% of the federal budget and is projected to grow substantially in the years ahead.  Overall, the Congressional Budget Office … Continued

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Detroit: Stakeholder Power at Work

The reporting on Detroit seems to be shifting away from the narrative of the once great American City disintegrating into a burned out warzone-like state as citizens flee to greener, safer, more vibrant locales.