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Mon July 30, 2012
Green Means Something Different Here
Mark Tercek is CEO of The Nature Conservancy. But he hasn't always been an environmentalist. In 2008, he left his job as a managing director at Goldman Sachs to lead the Conservancy. He joined me to talk about that transition, and about his controversial vision for a more inclusive environmental movement that brings together businesses, environmentalists, and citizens.
I think I could have talked with Mark Tercek for an hour, easy. I would have liked to hear more about how teaching his kids to appreciate the natural world inspired his own shift toward environmentalism; I know my kids have reinvigorated my own efforts to tread more lightly on our planet. And I would have loved to hear more of his somewhat comedic stories about the culture shock of moving from Wall Street to a hardcore green group (like the one about drinking bottled water at his first organization-wide meeting only to receive a number of reusable water containers as welcome gifts from colleagues - a subtle “that’s not how we roll here” message). For that matter, I would have loved to ask about some of his earlier transitions - like going from being an English major and then English teacher to being a banker. Alas, we only had half an hour.
So take a listen and if you’re left wanting more, check out these great profile pieces:
· Bloomberg: Tree-Hitter Tercek Channels Goldman at Nature Conservancy
· WSJ: Natural Causes
And if you’re interested in some of Nature Conservancy’s cutting edge efforts going on here in New England, here’s a bit about the fishing permit banks they’ve set up with Gulf of Maine Research Institute:
· Permit banking could help save fishery