You are here: Home / News Release Archives / 2013 / September / Alcoa Executive Kevin McKnight to Talk Sustainability at Penn State

Alcoa Executive Kevin McKnight to Talk Sustainability at Penn State

Kevin McKnight, chief sustainability officer and vice president of EHS at Alcoa, will give a keynote address on sustainability and business at Penn State at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 4. McKnight’s address and the luncheon to follow are open to the public at the Lewis Katz Building in University Park, Pa.
September 20, 2013

Kevin McKnight, chief sustainability officer and vice president of EHS at Alcoa, will give a keynote address on sustainability and business at Penn State at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 4. McKnight’s address and the luncheon to follow are open to the public at the Lewis Katz Building in University Park, Pa.

"At Alcoa, sustainability is an integral part of how we do business,” said McKnight. “Alcoa’s focus on sustainability—through increasing the energy efficiency of our operations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and manufacturing environmentally friendly products, for example— helps both drive our company’s competitive advantages and mitigate risks.”

“Alcoa’s focus on sustainability ... helps both drive our company’s competitive advantages and mitigate risks.”

“Kevin’s leadership at Alcoa has been exemplary and he seemed like the perfect keynote for our whole conference,” said Jamison Colburn, a professor of law at Penn State who is organizing this event along with Dan Cahoy, a professor of business law the Smeal College of Business. “His talk will open a series of papers being presented at Smeal and the Law School over the weekend dissecting the roles of government and business in making greater strides toward true sustainability.”

After joining Alcoa as an attorney focused on environmental and commercial litigation, McKnight took on roles in product safety, environmental remediation, procurement, and business services. In 1998, McKnight led Alcoa's European Business Support Services, bringing together Financial Accounting, Credit and Treasury, Procurement, EHS and People Services.

McKnight graduated from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, with a bachelor's degree in economics and a major in finance. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

McKnight’s presentation is the keynote address to an interdisciplinary group of researchers gathered for a symposium at the Smeal College of Business on sustainability. The scholars, listed below, are collaborating on a book that will summarize their findings and make recommendations for business sustainability going forward.

Registration is required in order to reserve a space at the keynote address (at 11:30 a.m.) and luncheon (at 1:00 p.m.). Seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Symposium Participants
David Hess, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Timothy Malloy, UCLA School of Law
Eric Lane, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Gerlinde Berger-Walliser, University of Connecticut
Darren Prum, Florida State University School of Business
Atalay Atasu, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dara Bloom, North Carolina State University
Joachim Monkelbaan, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Filed under: ,
Recent News
MBA Students in U.S., Canada Invited to Register for Sustainability Case Competition 22 Aug

MBA students from AACSB-accredited programs in the U.S. and Canada are invited to register for the inaugural Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Sustainability Case Competition. The competition, part of an initiative aimed at incorporating sustainability into the curriculum, will offer three top prizes that total $17,500.

Dennis Sheehan Named Faculty Director for Penn State Smeal MBA, Executive MBA Programs 19 Aug

Dennis Sheehan, the Virginia and Louis Benzak Professor of Finance at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been named faculty director of both the Penn State Smeal MBA Program and the Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia.

New Book Compiles Latest Legal Aspects of Business Sustainability 18 Aug

Smeal College of Business’ Dan Cahoy, professor of business law, along with colleague Jamison E. Colburn from Penn State Law, have co-edited a new book compiling the viewpoints of eight different scholars exploring the legal aspects of sustainability and its impact on business strategies. Law and the Transition to Business Sustainability was published in July, after a joint symposium held at Penn State Law School and the Smeal College of Business this fall.

Penn State Smeal MBA Student Drills into Oil and Gas Industry with ExxonMobil Internship 18 Aug

Penn State Smeal MBA Program student Donald Roenigk is using his summer internship experience to shift gears from logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps to business professional in the oil and gas industry. He has spent the last two months conducting bidding analyses related to the drilling of exploratory wells on the Projects, Drilling, and Exploration team at ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas.

Executive Education for Business Process Analysts, Enterprise Architects Now Available 15 Aug

A new offering from Penn State Executive Programs will help professionals enhance and integrate their business and information technology strategies. Business Architecture and Strategic Business Process Management (BPM) will debut on Oct. 14-15 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

More Recent News... More Recent News...