•Granted $1.5m in seed funding from a foundation, the leadership of the sustainability center needed to start delivering results while also creating a long-term strategy and vision for their organization
•We assessed the Center’s strengths and mapped them against the current landscape of sustainability centers to identify the optimal role for the Center.
•In a nimble and interactive process, we helped the Center to identify its vision, mission and strategy and to create a strategic plan for its first 3 years.
•Beyond advising the Center on its strategy, Blu Skye also helped implement the strategic plan over one year; we supported the Center in developing and testing an innovation methodology, partnered with the center in designing and facilitating a food industry innovation summit, and helped steer the Center’s fundraising program for a food industry life cycle analysis and innovation project.
•The Center is successfully launched and has become recognized as one of the top university-based sustainability centers in the country.
•Launched major food/agriculture LCA project that will help meet the anticipated demand for measuring the food industry’s environmental impact; the Center is on path to obtain full funding and finalize a board of advisors.
•In partnership with another university, the Center co-directs an industry consortium, a group representing government, NGO, academic and business interests that is developing the standards to be used to rate the sustainable attributes of products.