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2015 Bentley Research Colloquium

Sustainable Worlds: Individual, Business, Societal, and Scientific Perspectives

Building on the foundation of the highly successful Bentley Research Colloquia of 2013 and 2014, the Bentley Research Council organized the 2015 Bentley Research Colloquium on Sustainable Worlds: Individual, Business, Societal, and Scientific Perspectives on October 30, 2015. The colloquium showcased a broad intersection of research topics and approaches by Bentley faculty and PhD students. It brought together Bentley faculty, staff, and students with key members of external stakeholder groups to highlight Bentley’s research within this important topic area, to identify synergies and collaboration opportunities, and to develop Bentley’s research agenda related to sustainability further. Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Michael Page explains the overall importance of the Research Colloquium in the video below:



Alina Chircu,  Information and Process Management
Chair, 2015 Bentley Research Colloquium

Marcia Millon Cornett, Finance
Chair, Bentley Research Council

The 2015 Bentley Research Colloquium on October 30, 2015 highlighted the variety of sustainability-related scholarly work conducted by faculty and students representing most academic departments within Bentley University.

The event accomplished the following:

  • Engaged the participants in a conversation regarding the importance of sustainability in business and society and the future direction of sustainability research
  • Demonstrated both internally and externally the breadth and the depth of the scholarly work on and related to sustainability that is currently ongoing at Bentley University
  • Created opportunities for Bentley scholars to find synergies and collaboration opportunities between their projects and related initiatives both internally and externally
  • Developed further the agenda of Bentley’s research related to sustainability. 

Researchers representing numerous academic departments within Bentley University do scholarly work related to sustainability.  The 2015 Bentley Research Colloquium highlighted this work to internal and external audiences and engaged the participants in a conversation regarding the future direction of sustainability–related research.

In addition to multiple sessions featuring Bentley faculty and PhD student speakers, the event brought to campus a prominent keynote speaker, Mr. Jonas Haertle, Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact Office. He is responsible for driving the mission of the PRME initiative, to inspire responsible management education, research, and thought leadership globally. The event also featured welcome remarks by Bentley University President Gloria Cordes Larson and Bentley University Provost Michael J. Page.

You can download the full 2015 Research Colloquium Program here.


Michael Page, Jonas Haertle, Marcia Millon Cornett, Anthony Buono, Alina Chircu.

The presentation sessions were structured around four major themes:

  1. Sustainble Industries: Translating models of sustainability from local to global (Co-chairs: Jane Griffin, Modern Languages; Ryan Bouldin, Natural and Applied Sciences)
  2. Sustainability Education (Co-chairs: Rick Oches, Natural and Applied Sciences; Lucy Kimball, Mathematical Sciences)
  3. Environmental Systems and Global Health (Co-chairs: Rick Oches, Natural and Applied Sciences; Danielle Hartigan, Natural and Applied Sciences)
  4. CSR, Reporting, Certification, Regulatory and Legislative Perspectives (Co-chairs: Bill Wiggins, Law, Taxation, and Financial Planning; Jill Brown, Management)

Event details

Date & Time: Friday, October 30, 2015, 8am-2pm

The 2015 Bentley Research Colloquium was a sustainable event! We aimed to attain a zero-waste event through the following practices:

  • Limited printing: only 150 conference brochures and 20 agendas were printed; as compared to 300 in past years. 
  • Recycling – recycling bins were provided throughout the conference space for attendee use.
  • Composting – all food waste was composted.  This includes food waste generated in the preparation process and left over after meals were served.
  • Reusable china, silverware and glass were used for all meals, rather than plastic single-use plates, cups and cutlery.

We want to thank Sodexo for working with us to create breakfast and lunch menus using locally-sourced ingredients.

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