Sustainable Business Network Member Highlight: Alex Law
Posted: 1:51PM October 29th, 2015 | Comments
One of the biggest challenges of our time is whether we, as a species, can be reasonable enough in our decisions today so that future generations will have a chance of survival. I was born and raised in Germany, and I saw a significant change happen in the last 30 years. In the early 1980s, most of Germany’s forests were significantly damaged from acid rain, and some of our rivers as well, such as the Rhine River. Today, Germany’s forests and rivers are healthy, and the country is ahead of schedule to have 80% of electric energy come from renewable sources by 2040.
The reason I am getting a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from Edgewood College concurrently with an evening MBA at UW-Madison is because I see the lack of third-party financing in renewable energy installations as one of the biggest obstacles for making Wisconsin more ecologically sustainable. Granted, Germany needed a lot of political willpower to make their transition happen. However, technological advances in the last decade combined with a rapid decline in prices for solar installations will drastically change the way we convert available energy into electric energy over the next two decades.
As a Senior Universal Banker at Summit Credit Union, I help our members with all their lending needs. I am also hoping to be able to contribute in building a bridge between Renew Wisconsin, an organization that promotes clean energy strategies, and Summit Credit Union, in order to make third-party financing available to a much larger percentage of the Wisconsin population. Once the hurdle of high up-front investment costs is out of the way, people will be able to enjoy the savings from using free energy. At the same time, this will mean a significant shift towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions into our atmosphere.
My long-term sustainability vision for Wisconsin, the United States, and our global community is to get to the point where we are crisis-free. It would be a time where we all can simply enjoy being instead of constantly reacting to a chain of crises. The interesting part is that this is not something that cannot be achieved, as overwhelming as it might look at the moment. It simply is about having the right vision by the right people, and the willingness to put the effort and work into the implementation of that vision.
In my opinion, the Sustainability Leadership Program at Edgewood College is the perfect platform for those who want to play an active role in turning this vision into a reality. The motto of the program is ‘well-being for all, forever’. While I personally struggle with the concept of infinite time, I tremendously enjoy the all-inclusive approach of the program. In the end (if there is one), sustainability will not only determine the quality of life for every individual on earth (now and in the future), but it will determine whether we can actually survive the sixth mass extinction of species that our human species triggered.
Learn more about Edgewood's Sustainability Leadership Program here.