Meet our new faces of Business and the Environment

A new generation of business leaders is making "green" mainstream at our major consumer brands and consulting companies.

Where did they train? The Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke

Alexa Bach-McElrone

Strategic advisor, sustainability coach, business-development mentor, communications specialist, conservation biologist—It’s hard to put the work Alexa Bach-McElrone does into one neat category.

That, in many ways, is the point. Some...

Sergio Castillo

When Sergio Castillo took over in 2009 as president and CEO of the company his father had founded 10 years earlier, he knew he had a lot to learn.

After his usual thorough research, he turned to the Duke Environmental...

Alexis Kingham Fuge

As one of the largest suppliers of products and services to the U.S. government and allied forces, the aerospace and defense industry is in a unique position to influence—and be influenced by—federal policies and priorities, including...

Scott O'Connell

Technology is one of the fastest growing business sectors, driven largely by customers’ insatiable appetite for faster processing, slicker design, and exciting innovations.

With rapid growth comes responsibility for improving the...

Valeria Orozco

There are a number of reasons for an organization to embrace sustainability. One is the bottom line. If a company can find a way to use less energy or water in its manufacturing process, it’s pretty certain to be improving its financial...

Patrick Reaves

Less than two months after graduating from the Nicholas School in May 2012, Patrick Reaves was at Luleå , Sweden, on the edge of the Arctic Circle, talking to providers about how to power the giant data center Facebook was building there.

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Matthew Redmann

Matt Redmann has had a love affair with motorcycles since he was a kid watching daredevil Evel Knievel jump over obstacles with his motorcycle on TV. So it’s only fitting that Matt has built a career at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Over...

Kristine Young

How do you go from being an art major specializing in photography to a sustainability manager at a top U.S. consumer brand? It was the path Kristine Young took, and a lot of her success rode on her master of environmental management (MEM) degree...