MIIS Student Presentations: Growing Green Businesses and Decarbonizing Freight
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 6:00pm
Middlebury Institute of International Studies presents presentations by Mohammad Farid Kayali and Preethi Poola, two students in MIIS's International Environmental Policy program, who will talk about their summer fellowships covering two topics: growing the number of certified California Green Businesses, and helping the maritime industry to move toward a sustainable future. The presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, at 6pm in Room 102 in the McGowan Building on the campus of MIIS.
Mohammad Farid Kayali spent his summer researching the best approach to get more businesses to apply for a Green Business Certification. Working with the City of Monterey, Farid explored two avenues of social behavioral change--monetary incentives and social pressure. Using social pressure technique, he approached local restaurants talking about the unique marine features of Monterey bay and how we should protect our ocean and local beach. Also, He explains to local restaurants how by joining Green Businesses they can take a leadership role in their community to make businesses better stewards of the ocean and protect our greatest natural assets. Using monetary incentives technique, he explains how local restaurants can save, energy, water, and money. In his portion of the talk, he'll let us know the results of his study, covering over 50 selected businesses in Monterey County.
Preethi Poola spent her summer at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) in San Francisco, engaging stakeholders, sustainability experts, and corporation representatives to identify how to create and prioritize solutions to international maritime shipping decarbonization. In her portion of the talk, she will update us with the latest in sustainable maritime practices, innovation in maritime industry and how business is collaborating to improve environmental performance of maritime shipping. While at BSR she also worked on Sustainable Air Freight Alliance - a working group aiming to decarbonize air freight.