ES 118 students were given the opportunity to attend an informal tour of the Patagonia headquarters in Ventura, CA. Patagonia’s team of friendly staff gave students insight on the various ways that they incorporate sustainable practices into different components of their supply chain. Students were also treated with lunch, along with a surprise visit from Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard.
After the tour, a small panel of staff introduced students to some of the Patagonia campaigns, which all stress the importance of corporate responsibility and supply chain transparency for industry-related companies. As a core concept related to ES 118 course goals, Patagonia exemplifies the need for industrial companies to understand how environmentally-conscious actions play into industrial systems, in order to reduce overall consumption of materials and natural resources.
ES 118, Industrial Ecology, is co-taught by ES lecture Mike Brown and Patagonia's Director of Environment and Strategy, Jill Dumain.