The posts on this page are contributed by students from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business in conjunction with the newly launched Center for Social Value Creation. The center's mission is to develop leaders with a deep sense of individual responsibility and the knowledge to use business as a vehicle for social change. These posts are a way to continue the dialogue outside of the classroom and share the viewpoints of Smith students on the challenges and opportunities of triple bottom line thinking.

Using Consumer Insights to Thin America and Fatten the Bottom Line

This post is part of a series on sustainability in the health and wellness industry, curated by Becky Eisen, Dana Ledyard, Izabel Loinaz. Follow along with the series here. By Stephen Huie Just because the growth rate of American obesity has slowed down to reach 34% of the adult population from 30% ten years ago, … Continued

Taking the Entrepreneurial Plunge: Stories from the Social Venture Field

By Sara Herald One of the sessions at the Social Enterprise Symposium held at the University of Maryland last Thursday featured tales and advice from four social entrepreneurs: Janessa Goldbeck from STANDnow, Steve Ma from Live Green Inc., Josh Nesbit from Medic Mobile, and Robyn Nietert from the Women’s Microfinance Initiative.  What do these individuals … Continued

Find a Career that Gives You Passion in Six Easy Steps

By Zachary Olson Everyone’s been lured into those seminars that are supposed to teach you THE SECRET to something, like finding happiness and blah blah blah, but then you end up just wanting to leave as soon as possible because they’re telling you things that seem like just common sense. But then sometimes, if you’re … Continued

What Makes A (Social) Entrepreneur?

By Mike Levitsky Simply seeing the panel “Social Entrepreneurs: Stories from the Field” at the UMDs Social Enterprise Symposium recently, has shown me that entrepreneurs come in all shapes and forms. A diverse panel allowed for different perspectives and experiences, each with unique contributions to what social entrepreneurship really means in our society. But, whether … Continued

Calling All Female Would-Be Entrepreneurs

By Sara Herald Although rates of entrepreneurship among women in the United States have been growing steadily, 60% of new businesses are still founded by men.  However, if Natalia Oberti Noguera, Julie Lenzer Kirk, and Amy Millman have their way, that percentage will decrease significantly in the coming years.  These three women, all entrepreneurs themselves, … Continued

Bank of America Knows Money Isn’t the Only Green That Matters

By Taylor Muckerman This past week, I ventured to New York City with some fellow finance MBA’s from the Smith School to visit with some alumni at their respective jobs.  The final day of our trek included a visit to the new Bank of America Tower on the Avenue of the Americas.  Our visit here … Continued

Net Impact Conference 2010: Reconciling Ideals with Reality

By Sara Herald This past week I attended the Net Impact Annual conference at the magnificent Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. The conference mission is lofty: “to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world,” but what makes the … Continued

The NFL’s Lip Service to Safety

By David Croushore This week, the NFL finally made a reasonable gesture with respect to player safety.  However, the crackdown on brutal hits is only a good start in the fight for player safety that must continue. As Greg Easterbrook of ESPN is quick to point out, the NFL must make efforts to promote the … Continued

Does America’s Public School System Need a Superman?

By: David Croushore In high school, I graduated with a GPA of 5.8 on a 4.0 scale.  That mark was good enough to be 23rd in my class.  The reason for this bizarre, up-side-down score and rank was the result of a common practice in suburban public schools, tracking.  Until last week, I saw nothing … Continued

The P&G Sustainability Vision: Reluctant Response or Strategic Shift?

By Sara Herald Last week, Procter & Gamble, the largest consumer product goods company in the world, announced an ambitious new environmental sustainability vision. The parent company of brands like Tide, Pampers, Bounty and countless others appears to have decided that its business stands to suffer significantly as more and more consumers choose “sustainable” products … Continued

The Future of Cities Lies in Their Veins: Public Transportation, Zoning, and Innovation

Globalized trade is driving urbanization at an unprecedented scale.  From 1980 to 2007, China’s population shifted from being 20% to 45% urban.  McKinsey recently reported that by 2030, India will have shifted from being 30% to 50% urban. Yet, the inability to keep up with the pace of economic growth, skewed incentives that encourage unnecessary … Continued

How Food & Energy Efficiency Can Support a Growing Population

By David Croushore The world population is expected to reach 7 billion in the next year, before climbing as high as 10 billion this century.  In the past, population projections like these have often underestimated future population growth.  When considering the world population, it is common to ask whether or not we have enough natural … Continued

Capital Bikeshare Launches in DC

By Taylor Muckerman In a city known for its use of public transit and foot travel, Washington, DC, is finally revving up its efforts to increase pedal power. On September 20, 2010, Capital Bikeshare took a major step towards placing an American city on the same stage as many cities across the European continent. 1,100 … Continued

Reusable Bag E.Coli Scare: Industry Exaggeration?

By David Abraham This month, researchers at the University of Arizona released a study (PDF) showing that reusable grocery bags might be contaminated with E. Coli and other harmful bacteria.  They conclude that bags must be washed frequently to avoid cross contamination with other items. Sounds like a problem. However, the source of the $30,000 in funding … Continued

Vote Here: Where in Africa Would You Invest?

By David Abraham Two people are sent by their company to a poor and dusty country.  When they return, they report separately to the same supervisor.  “Well, what did you find?” asks the manager of his first employee.  “Sir, the people there don’t even have shoes.  The place is just too poor for us to bother … Continued