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Somber Reflections: Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Fosters 'Hope and Healing'

WSP USA provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing design for University of Virginia memorial recognized with The Architect’s Newspaper’s 2020 Best of Design Award.
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A new memorial acknowledging the historical use of slave labor to build and maintain University of Virginia’s Charlottesville campus has been attracting attention and heightening racial awareness since its completion in what became a turbulent 2020.

That recognition now includes a top design honor from The Architect’s Newspaper, which honored the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers with its 2020 Best of Design Award. The project additionally earned the publication’s Public & Social Impact award.

Book Excerpt from RESET: Business and Society in the New Social Landscape

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In August, nearly 200 Business Roundtable CEOs dominated the news cycle declaring the purpose of a corporation is to deliver value to all stakeholders, not just shareholders. They may have also catalyzed the risk inherent to corporate purpose in this new social landscape with a web-empowered public auditing ALL of a company’s actions, not just its self-selected, carefully curated positive examples.

“Purpose washing” has become a thing. And the backlash of getting outed when actions do not meet high-minded purpose statements disrupts business and erodes value.

Sustainable Investing: From Bugs to Biodrying

An explosion of innovation is happening among the future leaders of sustainable finance.
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The demand for sustainable investing has grown to the point where it vastly outstrips the supply of investment-ready projects. This imbalance is among the reasons why Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management founded this challenge in 2011.

The University of Virginia School of Architecture Awarded Multi-Year Grant from Hilton Worldwide for Global Sustainability Program

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The University of Virginia’s School of Architecture has been awarded an $80,000 grant by leading global hospitality company Hilton Worldwide to support its Minor in Global Sustainability, including the Global Sustainability course taught by Phoebe Crisman, associate dean for research and associate professor of architecture.   Hilton Worldwide is currently the first and only corporate philanthropic partner with the School of Architecture’s “Global Sustainability” program.

Deloitte/USOC Campus Tour - University of Virginia Students Come Face to Face with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

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As the Deloitte/USOC campus tour continues - University of Virginia students got the chance to hear from top athletes including, Olympic silver medalist swimmer Cullen Jones, two time gold medalist fencer Mariel Zagunis and bronze medalist gymnast Jon Horton.

Check out CBS 19 coverage of the event, featuring an interview with Jon Horton!

VIDEO - http://www.newsplex.com/news/headlines/UVa-Students-Meet-Olympians-169416606.html

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As the Deloitte/USOC campus tour continues - University of Virginia students got the chance to hear from top athletes including, Olympic silver medalist swimmer Cullen Jones, two time gold medalist fencer Mariel Zagunis and bronze medalist gymnast Jon Horton.

Check out CBS 19 coverage of the event, featuring an interview with Jon Horton!

VIDEO - http://www.newsplex.com/news/headlines/UVa-Students-Meet-Olympians-169416606.html

Penn State, And How Nonprofit Boards Will Shape Up In The Wake Of Scandal

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To begin with, many of you did plenty. If you’re reading this post, then it’s likely that you’re active in social media. Public attention to recent nonprofit board scandals, as well as robust participation via Twitter, Facebook, and other social media has been influential in the cases of Penn State, University of Virginia, and the Komen Foundation. There were financial and reputational consequences for organizations led by people who made bad decisions.

Nonprofit Board Scandals: Let Them Move Governance Forward

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The nonprofit board scandals of the past year are highly distressing: revealing everything from complete board dysfunction in the firing of the CEO at the University of Virginia, to the cover-up of criminal behavior at Penn State, to policy decisions that arguably destroyed Komen's leading nonprofit brand. In all three cases, the financial and reputational losses are quite severe. People to be served by the mission and outsiders have been harmed, the victims at Penn State devastatingly so.

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