Dr. Anthony "Tony" Cortese will be the scholar in residence for the College’s Sustainable MBA program September 11-14. Besides providing several workshops for students, Cortese will be giving a public talk on Thursday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Gorge titled: "Leonardo da Vinci to Business: Lead us on a Healthy, Just and Sustainable Path NOW!" Following this, he will be serving on a panel with GMC faculty and MBA alumni. The panelists will be answering the question: "What do I do to help business make the societal shift?"
Cortese has been actively engaged in sustainability challenges in businesses and higher education for over 30 years. He is a senior fellow at Second Nature, a Boston-based organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education which he co-founded with U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). He served as president of Second Nature from March 1993-August 2012. Tony was a founding member of the board of directors of The Natural Step US and of the Environmental Business Council of New England. He has served as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board and on president Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development's Education Task Force. Earlier this summer, Cortese was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the EPA for his career spent actively engaged in large system sustainability and environmental challenges. Cortese has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering and a doctorate in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
After the residency, Dr. Cortese, will remain on campus for two weeks continuing his work as a scholar in residence and developing new research on sustainability. He will be available to meet with classes and work with staff, students and faculty on Sept. 16-17 and Sept. 23-24.
"It's a great privilege to have Tony on campus for several days this semester," said GMC Provost William Throop. "We'll all have an opportunity to draw inspiration from an especially energetic and thoughtful leader in making healthy, just and sustainable living the foundation of learning."