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3 Ways My Sustainability Masters Degree (U of T) Prepared Me for The Business World

As I reflect back on my first year in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) Program at U of T, my memories gravitate to the incredible industry professionals that came to speak to me and my colleagues.

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This summer, as part of my program’s work term placement, I will be an intern with the Corporate Sustainability Group at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Below are 3 key lessons that I’ve learned on how to move seamlessly from the textbook to the real world – I’m anxious to test it out!

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Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 – Cindy Chao

Welcome to the TSSS Series on Canada’s Top 30 Under 30.
Learn about who and what inspires them and their vision for a more sustainable world. Each week two new profiles will be shared – take a moment and get to know the next generation of Canadian Sustainabilty Leaders.  Thank-you to Kruger Products for supporting this initiative.

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Cindy Chao, Sustainability Consultant, Deloitte

TSSS: Why does the sustainability sector resonates with you.  Where/when did your passion begin?

Cindy Chao: Ever since I was young, I always wanted to effect large-scale positive change in the world. I always thought that I would do so by becoming a doctor – but as I reflected on my undergraduate studies, I realized that a doctor is often reacting to an illness, and that fields such as research, public health and epidemiology would be better career paths if I wanted to contribute to proactive betterment of global health. I didn’t feel that I had a personality fit to these fields and since I always had an interest in environmental issues, I turned my attention to becoming a “doctor of the Earth”. When I graduated, I weighed my options between starting off in the public, non-profit and private sectors. I concluded that the private sector needed the most support “from within” and that the career path would likely be accelerated compared to the other options. Further, my undergraduate education criticized capitalism without ever offering a solution. Given the reality of the system we live in and the current lack of a better system, I felt strongly about moving from academically criticizing the private sector to actively working with them to find practical solutions to minimize environmental and social impacts during the interim.

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When Good Intentions are not Enough: De-Coding Supply Chain Sustainability

supplychain01-500x350It is simply not enough in today’s world to just set out a CSR policy or a supplier code of conduct or total up the number of sustainability initiatives in the supply chain and think you are doing the right thing. The days of accountability by case study are fading fast. Companies must actually do the work and invest the capital to create lasting (and profitable) change in their supply chains

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Sweden: Please Send Us Your Garbage

Trash is a fast-growing import in the Scandinavian country, which turns it into heat for people’s homes.

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A garbage dump in Göteborg, Sweden. Martin Almqvist / Johnér Images / Corbis

Every day, some 300 trucks arrive at a plant outside the city of Göteborg on the west coast of Sweden. They carry garbage, but they are not there to dump the cargo. Instead, they deliver it to the plant’s special ovens, which burn it, providing heat to thousands of local homes.

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Congratulations to Canada’s Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Trailblazers

They are entrepreneurs and activists; business professionals and students. Meet the Canadian Top 30 Under 30.

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Today’s teenagers and young adults, a demographic cohort referred to as the Millennial Generation, make up roughly 25 per cent of the North American population and an estimated 2.5 billion global citizens. Arguably the largest living generation since the Baby Boomers, the economic and political influence of Millennials is growing as they enter or move through the workforce toward their peak spending years. Right behind them is Generation Z, the impact of which we’re just beginning to see.

For both, the Internet is an appendage, climate change is a nagging reality, mobility is just the way things are, and the weight of the future is on their shoulders. It’s for this reason the United Nations says youth from around the world must be an active part of all levels of decision-making related to sustainable development. “It affects their lives today and has implications for their futures,” the global agency says.

Kruger LogoThe Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS) and Corporate Knights, with sponsorship support from paper-products manufacturer Kruger Products, decided it was time to shine a light on Canadian youth who have demonstrated themselves as leaders of sustainable development; an impressive collection of young entrepreneurs, activists, corporate professionals and students eager to make our world a better place. We opened nominations in February and received more than 90 candidates, which was whittled down to a list of 50. From this, a panel of five judges each submitted their Top 15 picks, which when combined shortened the list to 30.

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