Special Events

Past Speaker Event: How to Build a Career in Cleantech

Thursday, March 3rd 2022, 5-6:15pm

Are you considering a career in making the world a greener and better place, but are not yet sure how to get there? Our four panelists from Women in Cleantech and Sustainability will share how they established themselves professionally, discuss how to network to find and land that dream job, and answer your questions! This event is open to everyone.

View the recording here.
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Past Speaker Event: Disposing of Disposable Packaging

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Did you know:

  • By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish?
  • Only 8% of plastic is recycled in the US?
  • While other materials may have higher recycling rates, inherently recycling involves a lot of energy (and resultant carbon emissions)?

In 2018 the EPA estimated that packaging accounted for approximately 30% of the US’s municipal solid waste, and the pandemic has only made things worse. Come to our Zoom event to meet our panel of four entrepreneurs who are working to solve this problem, hear about their efforts, and ask them questions! Learn how you can make a difference (and maybe make a living).

View the recording of the event here.
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Past Speaker Event: International Business Opportunities in Climate Tech & Sustainability

In October 2021, CESB worked with the Emerging and Developing Economies Initiative to promote the event International Business Opportunities in Climate Tech & Sustainability. Hear what Breaux Walker, an angel investor in Fintech with a passion for saving the planet, had to say in the recording:

View the recording of the event here.
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Past Speaker Event: Joel Makower, GreenBiz.com

Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz.com, gave a talk about a sustainable and interconnected future for America at the Lam Family College of Business, San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, November 15, 2016. His book, The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century, “tells the story of a plan, born within the Pentagon, to recapture America’s greatness at home and abroad by elevating sustainability as our new strategic imperative. It aligns our enduring national interests of prosperity and security with a new framework that addresses pressing economic, social, and environmental issues at home, tapping into a trillion-dollar market demand for walkable communities, regenerative agriculture and resource productivity. It is an inspiring vision of what’s possible when Americans hold a collective view of the future and come together to bring it to reality.”

Summer High School Student Sustainability Camp

(June 2011 – 2016)

Our first camp had 12 students. Silicon Valley Bank began providing crucial funding, beginning in 2012, to host San Francisco United School District (SFUSD) public high school students to learn from CoB professors and industry experts about the intersections of environmental / social sustainability and business activities. The initial number of students attending grew to 40 in 2013. We had a 2014 and 2015 hiatus and resumed the camp again in summer 2016. Plans have been initiated with SFUSD staff to continue this program in summer 2017 on the main campus. We intend to resume in 2023.

Ethics & Compliance Workshops

(2013 – present)

CESB has been at the forefront in the Bay Area in bringing ethics and compliance education curriculum and workshops to SF State students and the business community. Each Downtown Campus workshop has been developed in a collaborative effort between the CESB director and the business community to reach graduate and undergraduate students in shared educational best practices. Past workshops were collaborative with Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo, Salesforce.com, Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Deloitte & Touche, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Blue Shield, Holland America, Hilton, and City of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

Past Workshops and Events