Private Sector Has Key Role in Carbon Accounting, CWRU Professor Says

Jessica Green

When it comes to controlling carbon emissions, a Case Western Reserve University political scientist challenges conventional views that countries are the only ruler makers in international politics of climate change.

Jessica Green from Case Western Reserve University’s College of Arts and Sciences reports that today’s gold standard for measuring the carbon footprint of firms and organizations was created by the collaborative efforts of NGOs and the private sector—not by countries forging the Kyoto Protocol.

Green builds a strong case for how private business had key roles in shaping global changes in her research article, “Private Standards in the Climate Regime: The Greenhouse Gas Protocol,” for the journal Business and Politics

The World Resources Institute and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development filled a regulatory vacuum by creating the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard in 2001 with input from business and nongovernmental leaders. The protocol sets standards, guidelines and tools to calculate an organization’s carbon footprint.

Eighteen percent of the U.S. Fortune 100 companies, 12 percent of the Global Fortune 100 and more than half the companies reporting through the Carbon Disclosure Project use the protocol.

More importantly, adoption by International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the world’s largest organization to set standards, is among the protocol’s biggest successes.

Green will discuss efforts to lessen carbon emissions when she gives a Public Policy talk at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Crawford Hall, Room 9. Read more.

Campus News

There will be an interruption of services in the NAS (Network Attached Storage) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. This is to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) to perform an upgrade to the NFS (Network File System) portion of the NAS. The NAS provides online file storage for a number of users and applications. During this timeframe several ITS services will be unavailable, including Blackboard; blog;  Sympa mailing lists (mail will go out but archiving will be disabled); Wiki; sites including: eStore, Software Center, advanced websites;  all automated ITS tools including IP address management, user account management, telephone directory, PeopleSoft Financials (FIN), PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM), and PeopleSoft Student Information System (SIS). If you have additional questions about this outage, please contact the ITS Help Desk 368.HELP (4357) or go to .

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The American Red Cross will be hosting two on-campus blood drives today and Thursday in the Thwing Ballroom. The Wednesday drive will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Thursday drive will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donors can make an appointment online, but walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, visit Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and the need is especially high in our region. 

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Accountancy is sponsoring an accountancy faculty development seminar, The Coming Age of Continuous Assurance, 1:30-3 p.m. Friday in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 401. Speaking will be Miklos Vasarhelyi, Rutgers University, KPMG Professor of Accounting Information Systems. Information and registration is available online.

For Students

A trip to Nicaragua might include a fishing expedition.

Do you want to experience a different part of the world this spring break?  The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning is offering an Alternative Spring Break opportunity to Nicaragua from March 5-13, 2011.  Spend the week working on a variety of projects that may include teaching English, facilitating sports activities with children and constructing a new home for a local family. Participants will also have a chance to visit the colonial cities of Granada and Leon. The admission process for this trip is rolling until all spots are filled. The final deadline for applications is Dec. 1. More information is available online or contact Angela Lowery


Faculty, students and staff are invited to the Campus Community Forum for International Student Recruitment, Retention and Campus Life from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday in Nord 310. International Education Week, Nov. 15-19, is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and Department of Education. For more information, contact the Office of International Affairs 368.2397 or email.

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STAND: student anti-genocide coalition is having its annual STANDFast at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Thwing 1914 Lounge. This year, PhD candidates at the Weatherhead School of Management, Wasseem Abaza and Garima Sharma, will discuss their work about the interaction of business and social benefit. How can corporate social responsibility act as a source of innovation for mutual benefit of business, society and the environment? Come find out. $3 suggested donation.

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The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center 2010 Prize Winning Essay, Clinging to Love, Loving to Cling: Race and Sexuality in  James Baldwin’s ‘Another Country,’ will be presented by the author, Bryan Conn, PhD, SAGES Lecturer in the English Department at Case Western Reserve University, on Dec. 3 at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, 2460 Fairmount Blvd, Suite 312, Cleveland Heights. Wines and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., lecture from 7 to 8:30 p.m., coffee and dessert reception afterward. Seating is limited. Please make reservations by Nov. 29 with Debbie Morse at 216.229.5959.

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The 18th annual Robert R. Kohn Memorial Lecture, presented by the Department of Pathology is at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building Auditorium 1413. Robert D. Goldman, PhD, past president of the American Society of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Stephen Walter Ranson, professor and chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University Medical School, will discuss Nuclear Lamins Provide Unexpected Insights into Human Aging. A reception immediately follows lecture. For additional information regarding this presentation, please contact Natalie Wheeler or call 368.0283.

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Grant Cornwell, a respected philosopher and president of the College of Wooster, will be visiting Case Western Reserve to speak on A Geoethics of Citizenship: On the Theory and Practice of Intercultural Respect. The talk will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Inamori Center (ground floor of Crawford Hall). Refreshments will be provided.

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Weatherhead School of Management students are invited to come and taste the free food prepared by students from different countries at the Taste of Weatherhead III at the Peter B. Lewis Building Lower Level from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. (This event is for Weatherhead students only.) More information is available online.


The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

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The Case Western Reserve University Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa national honorary society has scheduled its next chapter meeting for 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Mather House Room 100. All members of Phi Beta Kappa among the faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral fellows, as well as those undergraduates elected in spring 2010 as juniors, are invited and encouraged to attend. The chapter is also updating its membership list of “resident members” (university faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral fellows who are Phi Beta Kappa).  The chapter asks that faculty, staff, graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral fellows who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa at their undergraduate or graduate institution and who are not yet active in the CWRU Chapter, to send an email to the chapter co-secretary Margaret Robinson, Dean Emerita of Undergraduate Studies, to be included in invitations to meetings and events of the CWRU Chapter.

Nov. 17, 2010

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In the News

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Lupus Drug Benlysta, Nov. 17, 2010
FDA panel members including David Blumenthal of Case Western Reserve University asked tough questions about the clinical data presented regarding experimental lupus drug Benlysta, noting that one of the two key trials didn’t include patients in the United States. The advisory panel recommended approval in a 13-2 vote.  Blumenthal voted no.

Brain Gain: ‘Clean Tech’ industry set to spark local job growth, Nov. 16, 2010
Budding ideas from students at Case Western Reserve University's Great Lakes Energy Institute are tomorrow's “clean tech” advances. Dianne Anderson, Executive Director of the institute, says, “They're working on wind. They’re working on foundation projects to look at the foundations that will be required off shore. They are looking in wind at blade projects and what will be breakthrough ideas.”

Resverlogix Cholesterol Pill Misses Study Goal, Nov. 17, 2010
“The study may not have had enough patients to answer its primary question about apoA-1,” said Stephen J. Nicholls, lead author of the trial and assistant professor of molecular medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, referring to a protein thought to help clear plaque from arteries that the drug was intended to elevate.

Higher Ed News

Cheating and the Generational Divide

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 17, 2010
Hundreds of University of Central Florida students in a senior-level business class received an advance version of a mid-term exam, a revelation that left instructor Richard Quinn “physically ill, absolutely disgusted,” and has exposed the widening chasm in what different generations cheating to be.