Brando J. Piggue, MBA Sustainable Business candidate at Maharishi University of Management, will present his capstone project at the 5th Regional Conference of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, on November 7-9th, 2013. The title of the conference is “Celebrating Success, Building Community, Taking Action.” Brando's presentation is "Indicators of a Sustainable Community."
Brando’s project used expert interviews and archival data to investigate how sustainable indicators are chosen. The data were collected from the city of Seattle, Washington, and the city of Fairfield, Iowa. The project found that the indicators were chosen through the involvement of citizens and based on city needs. The City of Seattle selected indicators that made a connection between the health of salmon and the city water supply. The City of Fairfield expressed a need for lowering energy use and economic development for its residents.
In preparation for his capstone project, Brando studied a range of subjects in the MBA Sustainable Business program. This past spring Brando studied sustainable measuring systems in Dr. Scott Herriott’s “Metrics for Sustainability” class, followed by Dr. Ayako Huang’s “Sustainable Community Development” class. Brando continued to work on his capstone project with Dr. Huang in the area of indicators for a sustainable community.
In addition to studying Sustainable Business, Brando Piggue is the president of the Net Impact chapter at MUM. Understanding that sustainability is the key to the future, Brando’s goal is to spread the knowledge he has received at MUM to educate, inspire, and empower people around the world to live their lives at their fullest potential, while being sustainable to the earth.