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Our Alumni Define ISP’s Value Proposition:

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The president of Lipscomb University often likes to remark: “Our alumni enter as our customer, and leave as our product.” For our sustainability graduates, there are also other factors that continue this process shortly after graduation. The sustainability profession is changing very fast after its emergence less than ten years ago. Rapid change means that our alumni often write their own job descriptions and create entirely new business or professional services. It also means that...

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Alignment of Sustainability and Business

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by David Diehl (MS 2014) Reviewing the alignment of business and Sustainability, the alignment is precious and shows up when reviewing the different instances.  There is the “Tree-Hugger” and “Save the whales” stereo types that have been put out into society, but the true model to be reviewed is the Business model.  When reviewing business in regard to our environment, it needs to take into consideration, the Business model.  Placing planet resources at the front of what we are...

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Institute for Sustainable Practice Helped to Host the Second Preview Day Event for Prospective Students

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On Saturday, March 28 the Institute for Sustainable Practice helped to host the second Preview Day event for prospective students. Together with the Institute for Civic Leadership and the Institute for Conflict Management, ISP welcomed individuals considering master’s work at Lipscomb.  Most attendees are local Nashvillians, but a few traveled from Cookeville, TN to attend the event. Prospective students of the Institute for Sustainable Practice started their day with the other attendees in the Ezell...

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Volunteer Experience & Reflection: Wedgewood Urban Garden

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by Christopher Long   “Agricultural sustainability doesn’t depend on agritechnology. To believe it does is to put the emphasis on the wrong bit of ‘agriculture.’ What sustainability depends on isn’t agri- so much as culture.” – Raj Patel, academic, journalist, activist and author of The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy           I had the awesome opportunity to volunteer at the Wedgewood Ave. Urban Garden here in Nashville. This...

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Naked people.

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Heather Bennett (M.S. Sustainability 2014) is starting a non-profit called Blessed Earth Tennessee that equips and inspires people of faith to become better stewards of the earth.  Naked people.   It’s unfortunate, but common that a person can grow up going to church and only hear about naked people rather than the whole creation story in Genesis 1 and 2.  I was one of those people. I love the church I grew up in and the pastors,...

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