Each spring Willamette University’s Executive Development Center offers the Sustainable Enterprise Certificate (SEC) program, a unique look at the social, environmental and economic practices of sustainability. Participants from large corporations, small not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and students have all benefited from the program’s unique content.
This year Cylvia Hayes, Oregon’s First Lady, stopped by the Willamette University Portland Center to visit the SEC program and share her insights on how sustainability influences the health and well-being of our state and local communities.
During her discussion, Ms. Hayes shared work on the Poverty to Prosperity initiative, linking a number of organizations (including local businesses) to engage in making Oregon a more livable and productive state. Having a sustainable and clean economy, according to Hayes, involves a more preventative approach to sustainability. This includes support of health care programs for all Oregonians and greater participation and support for education. Once we take care of basic needs, Hays explained, future generations will benefit.
In her opinion, a more proactive discussion on sustainability that shares clean economy success stories resonates with Oregonians tired of “apocalyptic fatigue.” She encouraged participants to take what they were learning in the program and go out to their organizations and communities to spread the word.
Learn more about Cylvia Hayes and her initiatives on her website.