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Baruch College Delegates at the 2017 WC2 Symposium in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Delegates from the WC2 member institutions gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for its third annual gathering. Hosted by the University of Sao Paulo, this year’s Symposium was titled, Building the Environmental City: The Case of Sao Paulo. The WC2 member institutions’ five key areas (transport, eco campus, global culture, health and business) had a rich environment in which they could discuss their ideas. As the largest city in South America, Sao Paulo was a great location in which to discuss the opportunities and challenges of a world class city.

The City University of New York’s delegation included faculty and students from Baruch and Queens Colleges. Baruch College was represented by: Myung-Soo Lee, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Matthew LePere, Associate Director of the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity and two Zicklin School of Business MBA students, Elizabeth Rotenberg and Christopher Mooney. In addition, Professor Schiro Withanachchi represented Queens College at the global culture theme session. Her presentation, titled “Economic Impact of International Engagement,” examined the economic impact of internationalization activities of the college on graduates’ local employment opportunities and earnings.

Symposium attendees participated in a series of presentations focused on the various themes. On the first day, the keynote speech provided an overview of Sao Paulo, along with more targeted speeches about Sao Paulo’s water and infrastructure; urban development and mobility; and global warming. On subsequent days, delegates attended “Thematic Strand Sessions” focused on the 5 themes.

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On August 14, as part of the Business Theme Strand Session, Matthew LePere presented his talk, entitled "The State of Non-Financial Reporting," which addressed the issue of sustainability reporting of major corporations in the United States. On the following day, the Business Them delegates visited a recycling center managed by Essencis, This was a great opportunity to learn more about renewable resources and energy issues in a large metropolis like Sao Paulo. On August 16, delegates visited a solar energy park in So Paulo to learn about alternative energy generation. Solar park group photo and a company visit photo. On the final day, delegates were treated to a presentation on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and asked each city representatives to come up with a set of recommendations to the City of So Paulo based on their experiences in their home global city implementing SDGs.

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And as a result of Baruch College’s far-flung alumni network, Baruch’s WC2 delegates were able to host an alumni event while in Sao Paulo. Baruch College administrators and students had a great time at the Unique Hotel engaging with alumni based in Sao Paulo and nearby.

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