Wednesday October 22, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
24o C
14o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Business and sustainability

 Learning programs, research opportunities at ESA

By Katerina Kapernarakou

When you use green materials to build a nicely designed bioclimatic center for sustainable business learning programs and research within a protected natural environment, it means putting theory into action.

“I have taught business ethics and sustainability in Tasmania, Shanghai and France,” said Sharon Jackson, who along with her husband Alan recently set up the continent’s first European Sustainability Academy (ESA) among the olive groves at Drapanos, east of Hania on the island of Crete.

“I chose Crete because it lies at the meeting point of three continents and, at the same time, it has a close relationship with the narratives and thinking of the ancient world – which are all key references in my teachings. The place is ideal for attracting managers from all over the world who get a chance to discover the meaning of responsible and profitable entrepreneurship and leadership,” Jackson said.

ESA recently held its first international meeting covering a wide range of subjects such as sustainable buildings, corporate responsibility and renewable resources. The gathering drew a strong crowd of Greek and international academics, civil group representatives and experts in corporate responsibility.

“A large number of people who work for Greek and foreign companies need time to grasp what we are really doing,” Jackson said.

“I am English and I came to Greece at a time when trust in institutions and systems was on the wane. But there are pockets of resistance that are looking for a way out of the crisis via sustainable entrepreneurship – firms such as the Biolea organic olive oil producers or Fisika, a company that makes handmade soap using organic Cretan olive oil, herbs and essential oils.”

Sharon spent 15 years working in global commerce. For the past 12 years she has taught sustainable entrepreneurship (Cranfield School of Management, Cambridge University and the Athens University of Economics and Business). But she also applies the same principles at her own company, EKE Carlton CSR.

She and her husband have put all their savings in ESA. “Our core investment is nearly 500,000 euros but we are aiming at a long-term legacy,” she said.

“I came with international know-how and connections and I am not interested in competition but in synergies with Greek companies, universities – AUEB has been very helpful – NGOs and other institutions,” she said.

Jackson made the Drapanos community a vehicle for her vision. That has won her the locals’ acceptance and trust. “The people here give me psychological and practical support while the ESA building is made available without charge for local community events,” she said.

The building, a bioclimatic structure designed by architects Antonia Siamantaki and Zeta Chrysafaki, relies on the area’s climatological and geomorphological data for lighting, air, cooling and heating. It is a self-sufficient building that makes full use of its construction materials: wood, straw, soil and stone.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday November 6, 2012 (21:25)  
After 20 years of cutting waste, feeding the needy, food bank keeps up good work during crisis
Gazi: One Athenian district that seems to be riding out the storm
Intercultural dialogue in the gardens of Kavala´s Imaret
Chechen arrested in Athens resists order for deportation to Russia
Acropolis Museum to put the daily lives of the ancients on display
Until now, visitors to the Acropolis Museum in Athens could only peer through the glass floors of the Bernard Tschumi-designed structure to get an idea of the ancient neighborhood lying amon...
ON STAGE
Katerina Vrana embraces humor as wild as her hair
Let’s talk about the hair first. It’s not as if you can ignore it. Katerina Vrana’s free-spirited follicular abundance is the first thing you notice about this Greek-British comedian. “Hair ...
Inside Life
Inside Travel
Inside Gastronomy
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Taprantzis resigns from privatization agency TAIPED
2. Cyprus to block Turkey´s EU talks after EEZ violation
3. Juncker’s EU commission team set for parliamentary green light
4. Credit sector officials sleeping easy ahead of stress test results
5. Certainty on primary surplus target
6. Feverish talks on payment plan proposals
more news
Today
This Week
1. Juncker’s EU commission team set for parliamentary green light
2. Cyprus to block Turkey's EU talks after EEZ violation
3. Taprantzis resigns from privatization agency TAIPED
4. The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
5. Gang importing heroin into Greece busted
6. Greece said to seek tailor-made plan for bailout exit
Today
This Week
1. Possible third figure in Amphipolis mosaic may be uncovered shortly
2. Istanbul skyscraper casts shadow over Greece's banking ambitions
3. Coalition shooting itself in the foot
4. GPO poll gives SYRIZA clear lead over New Democracy
5. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
6. Greece’s closed society is central to its current malaise
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.