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SBN Past Events

April 8, 2016: "Green Building"

"Green building" is the construction and renovation of buildings to more energy efficient, use fewer natural resources, and reduce waste and pollution. 

What to Expect

  • Want to understand more about the benefits of "green" buildings
  • Are you evaluating a green building retrofit and want to know more about typical costs and return on investment for comprehensive, building-wide, green retrofits? 
  • Curious about the other financial benefits to green buildings besides energy savings? 
  • What are the most significant challenges of green buildings and retrofits? 

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Speakers:

Mary Dickinson Assoc. AIA, RID, LEED AP BD+C
Regional Sustainable Design Leader
Perkins+Will

Zaida BasoraFAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Assistant Director of Facility Architecture and Engineering
Public Works Department, City of Dallas

September 25, 2015: "Big Data and CSR: Are You Ready or Not?"

Companies today are racing to exploit the growing availability of "BIG DATA." Big data helps firms create better products and services for customers and greatly improves decision making; however, big data can  create risks and complex ethical challenges such as:

  • Is your organization prepared to address the ethical implications of big data?
  • How does big data fit into your Corporate Social Responsibility strategy?

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Speakers:

Andrew Consolver
VP - Information Technology
UnitedHealthcare Student Resources

Mark Hargreaves
Director - Big Data Privacy and Compliance
AT&T

Dorcinda M. Pipkin, CIPM
Data Privacy Manager
Sabre

July 24, 2015: "Ethics: Beyond Words and Slogans"

Texas Instruments provided an overview of their foundation of ethics from the company's inception as an oil exploration company to its present as a $13B leader in the technology industry. With an emphasis on global interests, accountability, and adherence to an ethical code of conduct, TI is a leader in business ethics. READ MORE

Speaker:

David Solomon
Vice President and Director of Ethics
Texas Instruments

March 20, 2015: "It's All About People"

Southwest Airlines highlighted and shared best practices in creating successful employee engagement and the impact it has on the triple bottom line of performance, people and planet. READ MORE

Speakers:

Julie Weber
Vice President of People
Southwest Airlines

Debra Benton
Director of Community Programs and Engagement
Southwest Airlines

December 5, 2014: "Green Transportation for Business: It Pays!"

Pepsi presented its program of success in converting to compressed natural gas and electric vehicles its fleet of Frito-Lay trucks. READ MORE

Speakers:

Cynthia Baker, ABC
Director of Corporate Communications
Frito-Lay North America
 

Steve Hanson
Director of Engineering
Frito-Lay North America

Ken Marko
Senior National Fleet Engineer
Frito Lay North America

October 10, 2014: Eco-Innovation: There's an App for That!

Eco-Innovation is the practice of developing and refining ideas into useful forms to create business value and benefit the environment at the same time. Innovating with apps to promote sustainability gives companies a way to generate brand awareness, optimize processes, and engage stakeholders. READ MORE

Speakers:

Blake Burris
Founder
Clean Web Worldwide

Andrew Miller
Co-founder
Compost Denton

Kim Hall
Founder
WorldTweak

Robert Kent
Director of Public Policy for the 
North Texas Commission

July 11, 2014: Leading for the Triple Bottom Line

Leading for the Triple Bottom Line explored key strategies and tactics for embedding sustainability into your corporate culture and engaging stakeholders. READ MORE

Speakers:

Jack Lowe
Retired CEO
TD Industries, Inc.

John Muros, Ph.D.
Senior HR Research Consultant
AT&T

April 11, 2014: Measuring Sustainability Performance

Industry leaders discussed the ways their companies measure their "triple bottom line," which includes the financial, environmental and economic impacts of doing business. READ MORE

Speakers:

Terri Scannell
Director of Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability
VHA

Jean-Michel Fally
Principal
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Crystal Stutes
Senior Account Executive, Public Affairs
Hill+Knowlton Strategies

December 13, 2013: Strategies for Sustainability

How organizations define sustainability, the processes they use, the outcomes they expect to achieve, and the tangible and intangible benefits of their respective sustainability strategies. READ MORE 

Speakers:

Garrett Boone
Co-founder & Chairman Emeritus
The Container Store

Nathan Loftice
Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability
Fed Ex

Nelly Rocha Andresen
Vice President of Quality Environment, Health & Safety
and Senior Corporate Counsel for eRecyclingSolutions

News

A Faculty Summer: Dr. Toby's Fight Against COVID-19

Assistant Professor of Biology Inimary Toby, Ph.D., has spent her summer fighting for the end of COVID-19 by volunteering with the National Scientist Volunteer Database (NSVD) as the Texas State Coordinator and by conducting lab research of the virus with her UD students.

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Prestigious Physics Fellowship Supports Alumna's Research

In a mountain range in Italy, Sophia Andaloro, BS '19, investigates dark matter. One of the 2019 Cardinal Spellman recipients at UD, Andaloro received both the 2020 NSF Graduate Fellowship and the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) this past year, her first year in graduate school at Rice University. She is one of five graduate students who will join the NNSA program this fall.

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How Do You Build the Perfect Sandcastle?

According to a team of University of Dallas juniors, there's an optimal water-to-sand ratio, roughly 6%, along with a borrowed methodology that's endured the test of time dating back to the relics of the Old Kingdom. The students' research, titled "The Best Sandcastles Are Egyptian: Pyramids Reign Supreme," was awarded a Meritorious designation in the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) -- a first in university history.

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