2016 Presentations



About the Presenter

Erin Meezan

Erin Meezan
Vicepresident of Sustainability, Interface Inc.

The Interface Story

Erin Meezan is the Vice President of Sustainability for Interface. In that role she gives voice to the company's conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company's global business,  addressing sustainability at all levels– from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. And she also keeps a finger on the pulse of the company's transformed culture, a by-product of sustainability thinking that has been critical in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees. Meezan and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing the unique culture, and also on documenting its evolution.

Jeremy Ferrel

Jeremy Ferrell
Assistant Professor, Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, Appalachian State University

Turning Waste Into Resource in Latin America

Dr. Jeremy Ferrell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment where he teaches courses in renewable energy and conducts a research agenda around biomass energy systems, industrial ecology, and appropriate technology in the lesser income countries. His academic training is in natural resource management, biosystems engineering, and renewable energy technology. He earned a PhD from North Carolina A&T State University in Energy and Environmental Systems. Jeremy has an extensive background living and working abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, working as a Natural Resources Consultant for GTZ, as a Fulbright Scholar in Sao Paulo Brazil, fostering a landfill gas to energy project in Ceara Brazil, and leading sustainability-focused study abroad programs in Nicaragua and Peru.

Doc Hendley

Dan Fogel
Director, Graduate Sustainability Studies, Wake Forest University Founder, Chairman & CEO, SP3

Nature's Price

Dr. Dan Fogel received his B.S. and M.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has held academic positions at the University of Houston, Tulane University, and the University of Pittsburgh and has been a senior manager at two oil companies and a hospital system. His international research and teaching had been conducted in several different countries in South America, Asia,and Central and Eastern Europe. His research and teaching areas are in environmental sustainability, global sustainable business and strategy including strategic change management and innovation for medium and large organizations. His current focus is on how organizations adopt sustainability practices and principles as part of their core strategies.



Coffee Supply Chain in Costa Rica

Coffee Supply Chain in Costa Rica was presented by Amy Birner,an MBA candidate with a concentration in sustainability, and Savannah Burns, an MBA candidate with a concentration in Business Analytics.


Dan Stevenson


Adventures in Sustainable Energy and Architecture

Adventures in Sustainable Energy and Architecture was presented by Dan Stevenson, a junior Appropriate Technology major/Evolutionary Anthropology and Primatology minor from the Hudson Valley in New York.


Social Entrepreneurship in Cambodia and Vietnam

Social Entrepreneurship in Cambodia & Vietnam was presented by four  program participants: Olivia Reed, a Management major with a minor in Sustainable Development,  Ashlyn Allen, a senior Health Promotions major with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies, Lucas Reed, a Senior Management Major and a Sustainable Business Minor, and  Cameron Roten, a business management major with a minor in entrepreneurship.