[3Bl]ooming Honcho: Fletcher Beaudoin

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Mason Walker, Sustainable Business Oregon[3Bl]ooming Honcho is a series of conversations with the next wave of business leaders in Oregon. This emerging class has a keen focus on integrating sound business practices with sustainability. They keep an eye on the triple bottom line (a measurement of organizational performance based on human, natural and monetary capital, aka 3BL) while nurturing successful organizations in the new economy — and they’re poised to lead this vital shift in the way we do business. [3Bl]ooming Honcho conversations are led by SBO Associate Editor Mason Walker.

In this edition we're speaking with Fletcher Beaudoin about the role of universities in driving sustainability and how they interact with the business community. Fletcher holds a Masters in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and currently serves as the partnerships director for Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Fletcher is 27.

Mason Walker: The Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State really kicked off in 2008 with the $25 million Miller Grant for sustainability. What were the origins of the grant?

Fletcher Beaudoin: The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation sought to invest in an institution that could profoundly shape the region in the coming years. Asked independently of each other where the Miller Foundation support could make the greatest impact, PSU topped the list for all members of the foundation’s board of directors. After discussions with individuals across the university, the foundation recognized PSU’s commitment to sustainability, their history of effective community partnerships and faculty excellence in the broad array of disciplines related to sustainability. The institute was really established to advance PSU to be a driving force toward a more sustainable region.

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