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Marketing the work not the brand

Student Experience

My Experiential Learning team — Scott Bright (C17), Julian Fishman (C17), Trey Graham (C15), Sam Ruben (C17/PA4), and myself — recently partnered with the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) a non-profit project of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Mayors of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland.  The BACC acts as a public-private catalyst …

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Faculty Profile: Dariush Rafinejad

Community, Student Experience

Yes, he has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, teaches Sustainable Products and Services, and consults for Chevrolet, but who is the man behind that dashing smile, the stylish glasses, and European tweed jacket? Here’s a quick profile of one of PGS’s professors of innovation. Dariush, the agitator? As a student at UC Berkeley in the …

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Google Transportation EL earn $15,000 grant for PGS

Student Experience

Brendon Harrington, Transportation Operations Manager for Google, approached our Experiential Learning (EL) team with a seemingly simple problem. “What’s keeping me up at night,” he said at our first meeting, “is parking.” For a company that deals regularly with digital information in the cloud, physical space had suddenly become a constraint to growth. Parking at …

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FROM CLASSICS TO SOLAR

Student Experience

I met fellow classmate and solar connoisseur, David Stripling (C14), at a linen covered table at the Lone Palm in the Mission District of San Francisco. I intended to hear about David’s journey into renewable energy, assuming there would be some trajectory to his story, a thread to follow. But David’s career reads like more …

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Students tackle personal sustainability through the Outdoor Club

Student Experience

  When I was making a decision of where to go to graduate school, the deciding factor that attracted me to Presidio was the outstanding community. It is very inspiring to spend one’s days surrounded by passionate and talented individuals who are all working toward the audacious goal of making the world a better place.  …

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PGS Invades Net Impact 2013

Student Experience

On October 24-26, thousands of sustainable business professionals and students will descend upon Silicon Valley for the 2013 Net Impact conference. Our PGS Net Impact chapter is a co-host this year, curating 6 conference tracks, and bringing the most members of any Net Impact chapter in the country.  We’re also up for Chapter of the …

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Presidians to present Presidio curriculum at National AASHE Conference

Student Experience

Presidio Professor Dwight Collins, PhD, and MBA Candidate Meghna Tare will be presenting together at the  2013 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee today. The AASHE conference convenes more than 2000 people from over 200 colleges and universities, and is North America’s largest higher education …

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Exploring Energy Efficiency in Indonesia

Student Experience

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to intern at Synergy Carbon, an energy efficiency company started by Bay Area native and University of San Diego graduate Steve Piro.  The organization operates out of Bali, Indonesia.  This internship represented an excellent opportunity for me to explore a topic I have been genuinely interested in since …

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The Informational Interview Has Concluded. Now What Should You Do?

Student Experience

So you’ve had an informational interview. Congratulations on taking this action to learn more about an industry, organization, and/or type of work. But now what should you do? Should you stay in contact with the individual you’ve just met, and how? How can you be persistent in communicating without becoming a pest? Presidians frequently raise …

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Pangea Organics

A Summer Internship with Pangea Organics: Sharings From the Ops Field

Student Experience

As we learn at Presidio, there are individuals and companies that are pushing boundaries and norms to reach smarter, more sustainable solutions, and in the process are implementing exemplary cultures, products and business models that support values-driven success. This summer, I had the opportunity to intern at such a company, Pangea Organics, based in Boulder, …

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