Jay Friedlander

Jay is the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

In addition, he is a co-founder of the HELIO programme. The Human Ecology Lab and Island Odyssey (HELIO) brought 24 students from around the world to the Seto Inland Sea Island of Ōsakikamijima for a two-week program focused on the dynamics and intersection of human ecology and Japanese higher education. Students took part in cutting edge workshops, trainings, and exploratory meetings with local community members with participants from the global Ashoka U network and Japanese universities.

The college would take much from COA’s transdisciplinary model, with a student-driven, self-directed curriculum that relies on extensive fieldwork, and community-based problem-solving. 

Scholarly and Creative Interests

As the inaugural Chair of the Sustainable Business program, Jay founded the program and developed a sustainable business curriculum focusing on how building social, economic and environmental capital sparks innovation and creates competitive advantage.

In addition Jay created the Hatchery, a sustainable enterprise incubator fostering growth of traditional and social ventures for academic credit.

This unique academic program has attracted the attention of over 30 national publications including The New York Times, Fast Company and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Ashoka, an international leader in social entrepreneurship, selected College of the Atlantic as one of five U.S. Changemaker Campuses in 2009.

In addition, the program has attracted significant funding from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Agriculture, private foundations and individuals.

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