Watch App State's sustainability discussion about Beyond Zero, an inspirational roadmap for how business can reverse climate change

On Earth Day 2021, Appalachian State University hosted an event and film screening of Beyond Zero, an inspirational roadmap for how business can reverse climate change.

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Expert Panelists

Jim Hartzfeld

Jim Hartzfeld is Brambles, Ltd's Head of Sustainability for North America. Jim worked closely with Ray Anderson, Interface founder, to pioneer and implement the most radical, cutting edge, competitive  business strategies focused on sustainable business. Read more

Nathan Havey

Nathan Havey, who wrote and directed Beyond Zero, is an emerging leader in the global movement to evolve capitalism. Read more.

Rajat Panwar

Rajat Panwar is director of the sustainable business in the Walker Colllege and an associate professor of sustainable business management at Appalachian. Read more

Diana Propper de Callejon

Diana Propper de Callejon is a Managing Director at Cranemere, a holding company that acquires privately held, middle-market companies in the United States and Europe. With permanent capital, Cranemere has no view to exit the companies it partners with, and has a “buy, build, and hold” strategy. Read more

Lee Ball, App State's Chief Sustainability Officer, served as the panel moderator. Dr. Ball's scholarly work focuses on sustainability leadership, sustainability literacy, the valuation of sustainability, biophilic/ecophilic design, and change agency related to community engagement. Read more

About the Film

Registrants of the panel discussion with sustainability experts received exclusive, pre-release access to the award winning documentary Beyond Zero

After a life-changing epiphany, the CEO of a global public company embarks on a high-stakes quest to eliminate all negative environmental impacts by 2020. To succeed, they must overcome deep skepticism, abandon the status quo, and ignite a new industrial revolution. Beyond Zero offers an inspirational roadmap for how business can reverse climate change.

More Information

Beyond Zero was held in partnership with Appalachian’s Office of Sustainability and the Walker College of Business and its Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It was an Appalachian Energy Summit and Business for Good event.  Learn more at Questions? Contact Kim Bock,

From left are event panelists: Jim Hartzfeld, Nathan Havey, Rajat Panwar and Diana Propper de Callejon
Published: Apr 19, 2021 2:00pm