Leadership in practice: Creating an entrepreneurial career in the oil and gas industry

Jason Rebrook, Hilcorp Energy

by Dan Vermeer, PhD and Sarah Hoyt, MEM/MBA ’16   How can MBAs build a consequential career in a volatile and technically complex industry like oil and gas? What does it take to become a leader? While leadership can take many forms, Fuqua alumnus Jason Rebrook (CCMBA ’02), Executive Vice President at Hilcorp Energy Company, […]

On corporate sustainability: Dan Vermeer talks on Measure Radio podcast

"The Measure of Everyday Life" Podcast

Sustainability challenges are becoming more urgent, even within the last 5 years, said EDGE Executive Director Dan Vermeer in a recent interview on the podcast The Measure of Everyday Life. “I think people have a much more palpable sense of volatility and of disruption,” Vermeer said.  He pointed to the California drought and recent super-storms […]

Research insights: Climate psychology, environmental risk, careers, and more

Recent research articles

In 2014, EDGE faculty and staff were highlighted in the media for their research insights on a wide range of energy and environmental topics. Here are a few of the highlights of the year: Conservatives don’t hate climate science. They hate the left’s climate solutions (Washington Post). Research by Fuqua School of Business’s Aaron Kay […]

Turning environmental risk into opportunity

Dialogue Review

“Environmental risks can be the most complex challenges for companies — but can also be the most rewarding to address,” says EDGE executive director  Dan Vermeer in a new article in Dialogue Review. Before joining Fuqua School of Business as an associate professor of the practice and executive director of EDGE, Dan was director of […]

China’s smog cloud may have a silver lining

Air pollution in Hebei province

by Dan Vermeer, Executive Director, EDGE Environmental concerns are ubiquitous in China. Every day, the newspapers include stories about the converging crises related to air pollution, food contamination, water shortages, and solid waste. There is also a growing frustration that China’s “growth at all costs” development path has been very costly, sacrificing both the environment […]

Crossing the climate line

Dan Vermeer

This op-ed first appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer on May 21, 2013. by Daniel Vermeer, Executive Director, EDGE Earlier this month, a remote monitoring system in Hawaii recorded the first time in human history that the daily average for carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere hit over 400 parts per million. Crossing the […]

Why companies should value water

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by Dan Vermeer, Executive Director of EDGE If water is so valuable, then why is it so cheap? Economists have long been fascinated by the water paradox – clean, abundant water keeps us healthy, provides our food, sustains our ecosystems, and keeps our businesses operating.  Yet we have routinely undervalued water, and have been willing […]

Food vs. fuel: State of the debate

Carol Healy

by Carol Healy, MEM/MBA Class of 2014 and Dan Vermeer, Executive Director of EDGE Food security is back in the news.  According to estimates, this summer’s drought is the second most costly natural disaster in US history, after Hurricane Katrina – including serious impacts on our country’s agricultural system.  Agriculture feeds us, but increasingly it […]

The new convergence: Smart grid, efficiency, and renewables

Josh Seidenfeld

by Josh Seidenfeld, MEM/MBA Class of 2015 and Dan Vermeer, Executive Director of EDGE For all the strident debates about energy in American politics (e.g. fracking, drilling on public lands, government incentives, etc.), no one disagrees that innovation will be critical in creating a better energy future.  And North Carolina and Duke are well-positioned to […]