WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Changing Business for Good Alex Linkow fondly recalls his experience bass fishing on Lake Waban at sunset. "I was lucky to have one of the most beautiful college cam- puses in the country, less than two miles from my house. Fishing, hik- ing, and walking around the lake, those are memories that will always stick with me. I still get back there whenever I can. Just to sit and enjoy the scenery." In high school, Alex's interest in environmental work was solidified by two pivotal experiences, both as a counselor at Alton Jones Environmental Education Center and through an Outward Bound program on Thompson Island in Boston Harbor. Yet it was not until his time at Skidmore College that Alex began to explore the idea of combining his love of nature with his studies in business. "I took a class my sophomore year entitled 'Business and the Natural Environment.' In many ways it focused on what business had done wrong. Later, I interned for the Sierra Club, helping companies 'see the light'. It was then that I realized that I wanted to help businesses doing good, rather than just working with businesses to be less bad. I wanted to work with people and companies that were interested in going beyond compliance to practices of sustainability." Now armed with a dual MBA/MS from The Erb Institute, a part- nership between the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan, Alex is the Director of the Fair Food Fund. A project of the Fair Food Network, the fund is being developed to invest in ventures that connect small and medium-sized sustainable New England farms with the growing demand for local, sustainably produced food. Over the past two years, Alex has meet with many regional stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the current challenges, needs, and opportuni- ties in the New England food system. 152 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 business "practices of sustainability" "I was lucky to have one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country, less than two miles from my house." Alex Linkow

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