Dan Vermeer, Executive Director of the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) and Associate Professor of the Practice at Fuqua School of Business discusses how leading companies should respond to the threat of climate change in a new video. Climate change trends present very real risks to companies, but as Vermeer sees it, “Companies are increasingly seeing sustainability as one of the engines that can drive growth, that can drive innovation, and that can drive their success in the next generation of the industries that they participate in.”
He is joined in the conversation by Jim Rogers, Former President, CEO & Chairman of Duke Energy Corporation, and Dalia Patino-Echeverri, Gendell Assistant Professor of Energy Systems and Public Policy at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
When it comes to developing strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change, Vermeer says companies need to take a role in three areas–innovation, investment, and implementation. “Government can’t solve these problems alone. Civil society will not solve these problems alone. Business has to play an integral role in addressing these big, complicated–what some people call wicked–problems.”
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