Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business {College of Business}

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Past Events

Workshop: A Practical Guide to Carbon Footprinting

Fri., Nov. 18, 2011 10 a.m. –4 p.m.

Meet carbon footprint experts and learn valuable skills

This workshop provides participants with a basic understanding of the steps required to calculate the carbon footprint of an organization.

You will learn how to:

  • understand scopes (1, 2 & 3), standards and protocols, and setting boundaries
  • identify and collect the appropriate data
  • calculate and track an organization's carbon footprint
  • develop the organization's "business case" for carbon footprinting


Gina Blus

Gina Blus is an expert in climate change strategies and actions. She is currently a community energy manager at PG&E, helping local governments in the East Bay meet their climate action goals. She was formerly a sustainability consultant, where she worked with public and private sector organizations on their greenhouse gas reduction goals and strategies.



  • $20 (includes lunch)
  • $10 Net Impact members

CESB Speaker Series

The series is co-sponsored by Net Impact at SFSU.

Kiva: Sustainability Finance and IT

Tues., Oct. 25, 5-6:15 p.m., DTC 553 Micro-loans with Mega impact

Come take a look at how Kiva transforms $25 micro-loans into $50 million in funding for hardworking entrepreneurs trying to create a sustainable livelihood in the developing world.

Sharon Lee is Kiva's corporate counsel. She joined Kiva with several years of legal experience from her time as an attorney at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. Before joining Kiva, Sharon's legal experience focused on advising companies in a range of sizes and industries regarding commercial agreements and business transactions involving technology and intellectual property. Sharon earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, during which time she also served as an extern to Judge Ronald Whyte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Sharon graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science, as well as a B.A. in economics.

Austin Choi has served as Kiva's General Counsel since July 2008 and brings over 10 years of legal experience working with global high technology companies. He has previously held positions in the legal departments of ArcSight, Inc., InVision Technologies, Inc./GE InVision, Inc., and the law firm of Fenwick & West LLP. He also served as a judicial law clerk at the United States Court of International Trade. Austin holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard College, where he studied economic development issues, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

No reservations are necessary.

Green Economy, Green Careers

Tues., Oct. 11, 5-6:15 p.m., DTC 553

Worldwide economic anxiety, caused in part by unsustainable investment and consumption policies and actions of businesses, governments, and consumers, appears to require a basic re-examination of our situation and a re-orientation toward more sustainable decisions and behaviors.

Kevin Danaher discusses some of the reasons for our current unsustainable economic malaise and will suggest more sustainable approaches, including students who desire more sustainable business careers.

About Kevin Danaher

Kevin Danaher is a cofounder of Global Exchange (1988), cofounder of TransFairUSA (1997), founder and executive coproducer of the Green Festivals (2001), and executive director of the Global Citizen Center (2004). He was also the cofounder and designer of ESLI, the Environmental Service Learning Initiative, and he created featuring 233 green career training videos and other green job resources.

Kevin conducts workshops on issues ranging from the dynamics of the global economy to how we can accelerate the transition to the green economy. He has spoken at universities and at community organizations throughout the U.S.

Kevin has published numerous articles and is the author and/or editor of 13 books, including his two latest, The Green Festival Reader: Fresh ideas from Agents of Change (2008) and Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots (2007).

Chris Benjamin, Manager, Environmental Leadership, PG&E

Tuesday, April 19, 5 to 6:15 p.m. DTC 609

Chris Benjamin, Manager, Environmental Leadership, PG&E

Chris Benjamin works collaboratively to measure, communicate, and improve PG&E's environmental and sustainability performance. This includes leading PG&E's annual sustainability report, Dow Jones Sustainability Index application, enterprise-wide sustainability metrics, and a variety of related strategic policy and benchmarking initiatives for the company. Prior to joining PG&E, Mr. Benjamin was a vice president at Eastern Research Group and a policy associate for the National Recycling Coalition. He received a masters of environmental management from Duke University and a B.A. from Boston College.

Katie Excoffier, Sustainability Manager, Genentech

Tuesday, April 5, 5 to 6:15 p.m. DTC 609

Katie Excoffier, Sustainability Manager, Genentech

Katie Excoffier leads Genentech's Environmental Sustainability Program, and is responsible for developing sustainability strategy and goals, collecting and analyzing data to support those goals, and communicating performance to internal and external stakeholders, including producing Genentech’s annual sustainability report. See recent reports at

She recently led the development of Genentech's sustainability strategy, which involved benchmarking Genentech’s sustainability reporting against 50 peer companies; using GRI indicators to chart trends in environmental, social, and economic reporting; engaging stakeholders and interviewing business leaders within Genentech on the business value of sustainability; and working with Genentech's Investor Relations to get the company listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. She works with managers across Genentech to identify and evaluate projects to meet sustainability goals; leads a cross-functional Sustainability Council, with teams focused on energy, water, waste, transportation, green IT, wellness, and procurement.

Katie also leads a 750-member employee "Green Genes" green team, and networks with other companies to share best practices on employee engagement. Katie has over 20 years of experience in the development and use of metrics and analytical tools, progressing from software engineer to project manager to R&D manager to business manager, assuming her current position as sustainability manager in 2007. She recently completed her MBA in sustainable management at Presidio Graduate School.


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