University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business professor Brett Crawford will host a public discussion today on how business and conservationists can coexist.
"I’m trying to set aside the very strong pro-business and pro-environment arguments to have a conversation about how corporations and environmental associations can collaborate with one another to create real value," Crawford says.
The panel is in conjunction with his M.B.A. course on business ethics and corporate social responsibility but is open to anyone interested in the topic.
"The reason I chose this topic is because our graduates are going to go out and work for corporations that have the opportunity to actually create value, and I see the management of water, rivers and groundwater, as a huge opportunity for them. Just last week we had the state of California calling for water conservation
. Two years ago we had a chemical spill into a West Virginia waterway
, and there's also the water issues in Toledo
The panel discussion, titled the Business of River Conservation Symposium
, begins at 11:30 a.m. at the University Club and will include national and state-level water conservationists.
"I think the main push I’m really trying to emphasize is this is a discussion of coexistence. There are a number of examples out there and that’s what they’re [panelists] are here to share, about how companies have collaborated with environmental systems, and I think that’s a really important takeaway."