Education for a Sustainable Future
The value of education for an increasingly complex future is becoming more vital than ever. From STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs to financial literacy initiatives, the variety and volume of news about education is making it a priority topic in the sustainability sphere. How are we to create, develop, and maintain a more sustainable future without knowing much more than we do today? How are we to take quicker, more effective action based on knowledge if we don’t have the facts? Photo Credit: Tom Gill
Posted: Oct 05, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
As a top employer and industry leader in the state, General Motors is driven to serve and improve our
communities. One way we do this is through an internship program called GM Student Corps, which
pays students to perform community service projects in challenged neighborhoods while partnering
with GM retirees to learn valuable life and career skills.
Posted: Oct 02, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Mentoring helps young people succeed, especially those youth at-risk of becoming disconnected from work, school and the community. Through consistent guidance, support and encouragement, mentors help young people set goals and achieve them. When done well, the stability and security of a mentoring relationship can be the very thing a young person needs most. It’s a gateway to the kind of skill development, goal setting, and belief in one’s self that leads to a fulfilling future.
Posted: Sep 30, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Starwood has a long history of taking talented, entry-level associates and cultivating them into larger roles within the company. During the last few years, Starwood’s Social Responsibility team has had the privilege of bringing this idea of skills cultivation from inside the company, out into our communities.
Posted: Sep 23, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
What happens when you ask four 9th graders to create a solution for increasing healthy food availability or encouraging healthy behaviors within their community?
If they’re my team of freshmen from Johnston County Early College Academy, they develop the Grotesque Grocer, a program that works with normal food distributors and local farmers to sell perfectly edible but irregular produce at discounted prices.
Posted: Sep 21, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
At Listen Up Español, as in many other organizations and businesses, we have seen firsthand the benefits of corporate social responsibility. But for our team – everyone from c-suite executives to call center agents – the most important benefit of “doing good” is the knowledge that we can and do make a difference. The goal is that by using a strategic approach, our philanthropic efforts will allow our employees to experience firsthand the impact that we can all make as a dedicated team.
Posted: Sep 18, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Through a combination of project-based learning and connecting student learning to the broader community, CELF supports teachers in providing their students with learning experiences that practice 21st century problem-solving.
Posted: Sep 17, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Every year, some 78 million children, teens and young adults prepare for that annual pilgrimage of back-to-school activities. As an empty nester, this time of year is special to me as I join in that emotional ritual of anticipation and excitement for all that a new school year brings.
Posted: Sep 16, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
How can we invest in education to ensure future generations of life-long learners? Cognizant’s Making the Future education initiative, launched in 2011, is making great strides in accomplishing that goal. Inspired by the Maker Movement, the initiative emphasizes the “doing” of projects, encouraging collaboration, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and risk-taking by grade school through high school age learners across socio-economic backgrounds.
Posted: Sep 14, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Parents raising children in rural areas across the United States do not need a study of job opportunities close to home to tell them that employment prospects for their children are bleak. Unless systematic changes in rural economic development take place, the next generation will be forced to move away or face little chance of finding jobs that provide wages high enough to sustain a comfortable lifestyle.
Posted: Sep 11, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
The world is changing rapidly and new demands face business leaders to deal with the planet and environment more sustainably, to deal with the numerous societies their organisations operate in more equitably and with greater cultural understanding, and to be more open, transparent and responsible with respect to their stakeholders. Recent events such as the credit and banking crisis alongside a seemingly regular stream of corporate scandals have led to renewed debate as to the legitimate nature and purpose of business in society. However It is also important to recognise that business represents the predominant productive resource of the economy providing financial and human resources, infrastructure, innovation and technology: thus sustainable development cannot be achieved without the support of business.