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Generating sustainability dialogue, research, and action with RSM stakeholders.
Generating sustainability dialogue, research, and action with RSM stakeholders.

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What are the measures #RSM and #EUR have been taking to make their ICT infrastructure more #sustainable? In our most recent #Sustainability Matters video interview with Jan-Willem Huising, Director ICT and Norbert de Rooy, System Administrator at RSM, point out a number of new sustainable developments in this area, in particular the introduction of eco #multifunctionals for #printing, copying, and scanning and the consolidation of server rooms on campus; a measure which yields huge improvements in #energy #consumption, but also decreases maintenance efforts by the employees. Watch it here! 
Are you a member of the RSM community (student, staff, faculty, alumnus) and have your own story about sustainability? Please get in touch with Sustainable RSM so that we can feature you in our Sustainability Matters video series!
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RSM Alumni watch out: Next year's Alumni Day on 12 April 2013 is all about making business social! Save the date! http://www.rsm.nl/alumni/networking-events/rsm-alumni-day-2013/
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Dutch consumers throw away food worth a whopping €2 - 2.4 billion each year, in addition to the €2 billion in food wasted in the supply chain from harvest to supermarket. An estimated 5-10% of agricultural produce is discarded because of visual blemishes: Two-legged carrots, apples with bumps, or crooked cucumbers. These vegetables and fruits taste just as good and are just as nutritious and healthy as food with a perfect look, but they never reach the consumer because they are not deemed pretty enough for the retail market. At the same time, almost one billion people worldwide suffer from malnutrition and hunger, and the world population is forecast to grow from a current 7 billion to 9 billion people in the next 35-40 years.

In an entrepreneurial attempt to minimize food waste, RSM graduates Jente de Vries and Lisanne van Zwol have founded their social enterprise Kromkommer - a Dutch word play, meaning 'crookedcumber'. In this latest video of the SustainabilityMatters@RSM interview series, they talk about the idea behind the venture, their experiences, the challenges they faced, and they give tips to RSM students who want to follow their example and set up their own sustainable business.

Kromkommer has won the Best of FoodGuerrilla 2012 award and the Syntens Co-creation Prize at Duurzame Dinsdag (Sustainable Tuesday).

Do you have your own sustainable story to be featured in one of our Sustainability Matters videos, or do you know someone from the RSM community who has? Get in touch via FB message and tell us about it!

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Ayumi Kimura and Beth Rogers, students in RSM's International Full-time MBA class of 2013, took the Kilimanjaro Leadership elective and - together with 15 female classmates - climbed Mount Kilimanjaro earlier this month. The women are also two of the three presidents of the Erasmus University Net Impact chapter, which under their leadership received Gold Standing for the second year in a row in 2012. In our latest video in the series SustainabilityMatters@RSM they talk about their experiences in the MBA programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and also give an outlook on how businesses can help to save the planet. 
Do you have your own sustainable story to share, or do you know a colleague, a student, or a professor who does? Send us a message to spread the word about it and inspire others! 
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Why should a business school be concerned about biodiversity and ecosystems? How can learning about ecosystems be embedded in business education? What are the challenges faced by those who want to protect ecosystems, and how can they best be tackled? In the eighth video of the Sustainability Matters@RSM series, we talked to Willem Ferwerda, recently appointed Executive Fellow Business and Ecosystems at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, former director of the Dutch office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and founder of the Leaders for Nature initiative, an international business network for biodiversity and ecosystems. 
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Meet the second runner-up of the Sustainability Day photo contest!
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Instagram photo contest open for RSM students, staff and faculty: post your photos that show us what ‘sustainable’ looks like! Deadline: 10 October, 08:00.  
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Prof Andrew King from the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, is one of the best-published researchers in the field of corporate sustainability. He will visit RSM and host a research seminar on end-of-pipe waste treatment and waste reduction. Click through for details! 
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