Former Burgerville sustainability director lands at PSU
By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sustainable Business Oregon
Alison Dennis in a cranberry bog
Portland State University announced Thursday that it has hired Alison Dennis as executive director for its Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability.
Dennis was let go from her position as director of sustainable programs at Burgerville in August, a move that surprised the region's sustainable business community.
At Burgerville, a $70-million Vancouver-based fast food chain, Dennis was front and center on sustainability issues, of which the company had many — including seasonal and local food, composting, wind power purchasing and others.
Starting in January, Dennis will run the PSU School of Business Administration's sustainability center which puts on an annual international conference, among other activities.
"Progressive educational institutions and businesses have the collaborative capacity to expand the global definition of corporate success to include social and environmental stewardship," Dennis said in a statement. "Portland State University is at the forefront of this movement. I am honored to join the team in service of growing the Center as a regional and international resource.”
Dennis joined the board for the Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability last year.
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