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Ramapo College’s Masters in Sustainability Studies Program Continues ‘Voices of Key Practitioners’ Lecture Series

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 18, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. — The Ramapo College Masters in Sustainability Studies Program invites you to the fifth lecture in the 2016 Series, “Lessons of Sustainability: Voices of Key Practitioners.” Bob Willard, author and speaker, is the guest speaker. His talk, “Why Kick-Ass Companies Companies Embrace the New Sustainability Advantage,” will be presented on Wednesday, march 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Friends Hall.

Few people are as well positioned to understand the impact that sustainability has had on how businesses operate as Bob Willard. And few are listened to as attentively in the corporate board room. Willard left IBM’s Senior Management to become a full time advocate for “the Sustainability Advantage.” He earned a Ph.D. in Sustainability along the way. His books include “The Next Sustainability Wave,” “The New Sustainability Advantage” and “The Sustainability Champions.” He has also designed a business benchmark system called Future-Fit.

One of the interesting dynamics in the global growth of sustainability is the profound effect it has had on the sector most implicated in our unsustainable practices. Business has proven to be an eager adopted of sustainable practices because it is good business to do so. And Bob Willard has been a leading voice—a carefully listened to voice—in bringing about this dramatic shift.

As a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies, Bob has given more than a thousand presentations to corporate, government, university and NGO audiences. Bob applies his business and leadership experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities by using smart environmental, social and governance strategies. He serves on leading sustainability organization boards, is a core faculty in the International Society of Sustainability Professionals certificate program and, among numerous awards, was one of inaugural inductees into its Hall of Fame. His website is

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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