Kari Merkl, interior design faculty, exhibits two pieces from her Merkled furniture collection at the Museum of Contemporary Craft through January 2015.
Tamara "TJ" DiCaprio, MBA in sustainable business, received the 2014 C.K. Prahalad Award for global sustainability leadership in June 2014.
DiCaprio was recognized for being the chief architect and driving force behind Microsoft's internal carbon fee program. The program charges business units for their carbon emissions from travel and electricity use, then reinvests the proceeds in energy efficiency, clean energy and carbon offset projects. The program has enabled Microsoft to achieve carbon neutrality in fiscal year 2013 and become the second largest user of renewable energy in the United States. DiCaprio has since written the Carbon Fee Playbook, a five-step guide for other companies to implement their own internal carbon fee programs.
The C.K. Prahalad Award, created in 2010 to honor founding Corporate Eco Forum advisory board member C.K. Prahalad, recognizes exceptional, globally significant
private-sector action that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability,
innovation and long-term business success in a globalizing world.
TJ DiCaprio earned an MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University in 2014. She is the senior director of environmental sustainability at Microsoft Corporation.