• Convened six institutional partners to create the Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Drafted a certification instrument to assess the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of businesses and non-profit organizations
  • Received funding and hired a team of consultants from the Kenan-Flagler Business Schoolís Center for Sustainable Enterprise to develop a business plan for national certification implementation
  • Presented sustainability workshops to more than 150 business, government, and community leaders
  • Hosted the 2006 Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, drawing 103 diverse participants for 3 days of intensive inter-community exchange
  • Coordinated Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro to improve leadership and civic participation
  • Convened the Community Leadership Collaboration to improve the quality of community dialogue
  • Established the workforce housing partnership, which was recognized by Harvardís Joint Center for Housing Studies as a national model for local affordable housing coalitions
  • Implemented a Speakerís Bureau in the local schools and a high school sustainability essay contest.

Impact/Outreach - As the nonprofit partner of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, the FSC has been fortunate to involve members of the local business community in its volunteer committees, fundraisers, programs, events, and philanthropic partnerships. The impacts of the FSC are organized into the following three major focus areas.

Promoting Civic Engagement and a Sustainable Future - The Community Leadership Collaboration convenes 28 diverse local business, government, community, and university leaders to anticipate, prioritize, and address current and future challenges and opportunities facing our community. The Business in Education Partnership is comprised of 35 business and local school leaders who meet monthly to create opportunities for local youth. Programs of the Partnership include career fairs, an essay contest, college scholarships, Project Tech Connect, and a Speakersí Bureau. In 2007, the Partnership had contact with more than 1,000 local students.

Encouraging Innovation, Collaboration and Best Practices in Triple-Bottom Line Thinking - Each year the FSC names a Sustainable Business of the Year. The FSC accepts community nominations, and a committee of community representatives selects five finalists and one winner for commitment in policy and practice to the triple bottom line. The FSC also hosts Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro, an eleven-week program with 25 to 28 participants designed to form connections among local rising leaders. During the course of the program, business, non-profit, and government leaders learn about the community, build relationships, and participate in skill-building activities.

Innovating at the Local and Global Levels - The FSC has created an Institute for Sustainable Development to advance the concept of sustainability by leveraging and applying the research and resources of the university and the business community to improve individual and organizational commitment to sustainability. In addition to launching an instrument to measure and reward organizational commitment to the triple bottom line, the Institute is also focused on connecting the global and the local by tapping the intellectual resources and experience of international students and visiting fellows and applying their knowledge to the people and institutions of our communities.