Charlie Avis "Business from & for Nature"

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Active between 2003–09, One Europe, More Nature was a pioneering World Wildlife Fund initiative that set out to explore new connections between business and nature conservation. The initiative's goal was to solve environmental problems by developing, testing, and implementing practical business/nature mechanisms that benefit business, nature, and local people. In all of these projects, businesses did not merely reduce their footprint; they actively created or enhanced the landscape, the biodiversity, or both. The One Europe, More Nature experiences demonstrate that the needs of nature can—if cleverly addressed—be entirely compatible with the economic realities of life. Indeed, they can be the fundamental starting point for profit and for income, not to mention health, wellbeing, quality of life, and the needs of future generations.Charlie Avis was the project manager for One Europe, More Nature.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.