Erika Herz is the Manager of Sustainability Programs at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and Managing Director of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS). She is responsible for guiding Darden’s sustainability action plan called How We Live and How We Learn, which focuses on the curriculum and the operations of the school. Darden’s goal is to be a zero waste, carbon neutral enterprise by 2020, and a top ten business school for teaching and research on sustainability by 2013.
Erika was formerly Sustainability Manager for UTC Power, a business unit of United Technologies (UTC). She focused on incorporating the principles and practices of Sustainability into all aspects of UTC Power activities. She worked with Engineering, Operations, and Environmental Health & Safety teams to increase the recyclability of products, embed Sustainability metrics into quality processes, and educate employees about Sustainability issues. Prior to being named Sustainability Manager, she was a Program Manager for UTC Power’s fuel cell bus program. Erika led the UTC-wide Sustainability Network and chaired the U.S. Fuel Cell Council Sustainability Working Group.
Erika’s sustainability work was featured as a book chapter in the Society for Organizational Learning publication, Learning for Sustainability, by Peter Senge and co-authors, released in 2006.
Erika earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an MBA from the Darden School of Business, where she was Co-President of Net Impact, a global network of business students committed to addressing societal issues through business.