Lonnie C. Poole Jr. College of Management at North Carolina State University

Sustainability Initiative

The Poole College of Management’s Sustainability Initiative works to advance sustainability as a set of decision challenges balancing financial, social and environmental returns. By engaging students, faculty, and businesses, the Sustainability Initiative seeks to embed sustainability into our curriculum, research, outreach, and college culture.

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the new academic year! The Sustainability Initiative has several exciting upcoming events and new initiatives for the 2014-15 academic year including the Sustainability Initiative Student Leadership Program and the Poole College Zero Waste Program. Please explore the Sustainability Initiative website and make sure you connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest.

Poole Kicks the Can Campaign

Poole Kicks the Can Campaign Flyer

In a partnership between the Poole College Sustainability Initiative, Net Impact club, EcoVillage, the Sustainability Office and the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling Nelson Hall, home of the Poole College of Management, is working toward the NC State wide the goal of keeping 65% of our waste out of the landfill. Nelson Hall is currently at 34%!

As a first step, at the end of this semester, trash bins will be removed entirely from Nelson Hall classrooms. This is designed to encourage students, staff and faculty to take trash and recycling into the hallway where you will find separate bins for landfill waste, cans and bottles recycling and paper recycling. The recycling bins have recently been relabeled with pictures to tell you what can be recycled.

Did you know that Port City Java coffee cups are not recyclable? This is a major point of confusion throughout Nelson Hall. Check the labels to make sure that you’re putting things in the right bin. April is Earth month at NC State. Help us Kick the Can for Earth Month!

Let us know what you think using #poolekicksthecan.


In August 2013, Jessica Thomas was named the inaugural director of Poole College’s Sustainability Initiative. Thomas previously was managing director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and program director of that center’s Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship. She received her MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and her bachelor’s in engineering from Stanford University.

The Initiative works closely with the following Poole faculty from across departments who provide guidance on strategic priorities and programs.

Dr. Robert Clark

Department of Economics

Prof. Beth Ritter

Department of Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Prof. Scott Showalter

Department of Accounting


Dr. Rosanna Garcia

Department of Business Management


Contact Jessica Thomas to learn more about opportunities for businesses, students, faculty and alumni to get involved with the Sustainability Initiative.

NC State College of Management Campus Box 8614, Raleigh, NC 27617