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ACES’ Sustainability Fellow and PhD Student Angie Fairchild won the 2022 Business for a Better World Dissertation Proposal Competition and presented her research during the Business for a Better World Research Symposium on September 23.

Cara Kuuskvere, BSBA’22, recently graduated and completed an honors thesis with ACES executive director Jeff Mittelstadt as her advisor. We recently spoke with her about her research and how it led to her current role as Sustainability Analyst with HanesBrands.

As communities are feeling the damaging consequences of climate change, many people hope for an easy solution, like the farcical giant vacuum cleaner employed in “Space Balls-The Movie” to provide clean air for a planet that squandered its own.

CSE faculty director, Dr. Olga Hawn, is featured in the March-April 2022 Harvard Business Review, highlighting her research “How Media Coverage of Corporate Social Responsibility and Irresponsibility Influences Cross-Border Acquisitions,” originally published in the Strategic Management Journal.

Jessie LaMasse, BSBA’21, completed her honor’s thesis with CSE executive director Jeff Mittelstadt as her advisor. We recently had the opportunity to speak with her about her research and how she is using what she learned at Kenan-Flagler in her current role as an EFT and Index Investment Analyst at BlackRock.

Learn about the concepts of grand societal challenges (GSCs) and responsible innovation (RI) in the latest research co-authored by CSE executive director Dr. Olga Hawn

The project “Sustainability in the Technology Industry: Challenges and Opportunities” has given her in-depth, hands-on experience researching the current methodologies employed by software and hardware companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water use and waste generation.

Ari Singer-Freeman, BSBA’21, started thinking about how climate change could effect the American banking system in the course of his studies and through his summer internships, eventually leading to the topic of his senior honors thesis research project, “Climate Risk in American Financial Institutions.”

In this Kenan Insight, CSE experts Dr. Olga Hawn, Jeff Mittelstadt and Tracy Triggs-Matthews explain why we support these expectations, examining what Biden has already done in his brief tenure, the feasibility of the plans he’s outlined thus far, and whether (and how) he can propel the U.S. to a leadership role in sustainability

Carylann Edwards, BSBA 2020, completed an independent research project facilitated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Environment, Ecology and Energy Program and Kenan Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise on the role of stock exchanges in ESG intervention and a potential path to enhanced sustainability disclosure.

Yingxi Huang, CSE full-time Sustainability Associate and Kenan Scholar, spent the summer researching the impact investing industry. She also studied how impact investing is taught at leading US business schools and at universities around the world.

Ethan Silvey and Carli Cone, CSE full-time Sustainability Associates and Kenan Scholars, spent the summer researching response and recover efforts to the pandemic and sustainability in the supply chain, respectively.