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March 14: Tepper School Alum Discusses Sustainable Technology in New Podcast


Geof Becker

Tepper School Alum Discusses Sustainable Technology in New Podcast

Kumana Sponsors New Award for School's McGinnis Venture Competition

PITTSBURGH—Business and profits are powerful forces. In a new podcast from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, alumnus Sarosh Kumana (MSIA, 1977) discusses how these forces combine with sustainable technologies to help solve significant problems like those associated with climate change, pollution and diminishing resources.    

"Business is a very powerful force in the world, profits are a very powerful force in the world.  And in order for sustainability to be sustainable ... it has to become something that is a provider of jobs, a provider of revenue and a provider of profits rather than a sinkhole for foundations or government money," Kumana told interviewer and Tepper School Economics Professor Lester Lave, who also directs the university's Green Design Initiative and Electricity Industry Center.    

In addition to raising awareness of sustainable technology through the podcast, Kumana funded the inaugural Sustainable Technology Award for the McGinnis Venture Competition, March 15–17 at the Tepper School. The competition is hosted by the school's Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.     

Kumana says his motivation to provide the award is to "increase the number of businesses and business ideas" that promote sustainability, and to encourage business school students to be part of the process of introducing sustainability concepts into the world's enterprises.      

To hear the podcast, visit the Tepper School Web site,, or download the file directly from