Robert Sroufe

Robert Sroufe

Robert Sroufe is Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; Curriculum Lead for the MBA Sustainable Business Practices program, John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business; and Full Professor of Sustainability & Supply Chain Management in the management department. He is involved in developing and delivering action learning pedagogy within the top ranked MBA Sustainable Business Practices program, producing future change agents. Winner of numerous research and teaching awards, he has published practitioner, environmental, and business journal articles and multiple books on sustainability topics. As a public speaker and consultant, Dr. Sroufe utilizes integrated management practices to help decision makers solve problems, improve productivity, increase revenue, find value in existing buildings, evaluate Integrated Bottom Line (IBL) performance, and enhance competitiveness with a range of enterprises.

He is an accomplished expert with in-depth expertise in sustainability, performance measurement management, supply chains, and operations. This includes success in developing competitiveness for multinational, mid-tier, not-for-profit, and governmental clients. His work actively advances interdisciplinary, evidence-based management and promoting knowledge-sharing of Integrated Bottom Line reporting, materiality, life-cycle analysis, environmental product declarations, analytics for environmental health and safety, and transparency in sustainability reporting. He is passionate about engaged learning via a focus on responsible management of financial, social, environmental, and informational assets.

Research projects include understanding what drives sustainability performance, why and how existing buildings become high-performance buildings, how firms can develop effective management systems, the measurement and management of IBL performance, the integration of sustainability across business functions, the UN Sustainability Development Goals, strategic sustainable development, and organizational change toward sustainability.

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#ForewordFriday: The Power of Existing Buildings

Your building has the potential to change the world.

Your building has the potential to change the world.

Existing buildings consume approximately 40 percent of the energy and emit nearly half of the carbon dioxide in the US each year. But few realize the value in existing buildings and how easy it is to get to “zero energy” or low-energy consumption. Through deep energy retrofits, existing buildings can reduce environmental impacts that contribute to climate change, while improving human health and productivity for building occupants.
 
In The Power of Existing Buildings, academic sustainability expert Robert Sroufe, and construction and building experts Craig Stevenson and Beth Eckenrode, explain how to realize the potential of existing buildings and make them perform like new. This step-by-step guide will help readers to: understand where to start a project; develop financial models and realize cost savings; assemble an expert team; and align goals with numerous sustainability programs.

The following book excerpt will get you thinking about how and why you'd want to retrofit your building and make it a high-performance space.