Rodale Institute’s CEO Addresses Harvard Business School

Rodale Institute CEO Jeff Tkach recently spoke at Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Climate Symposium.

The annual HBS symposium brings leaders in technology, government, and business together to tackle the issues related to climate change at “speed and scale.” It’s the largest student-run conference on campus.

Tkach spoke as part of a panel addressing the topic of “Decarbonizing Farming,” and explored pathways for decarbonizing the sector through more sustainable agricultural practices and technological innovations. The panel also highlighted opportunities for partnership in the sector, including collaboration between startups, large companies, and policymakers.

Other panelists included David E. Bell, a Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School, Daniel G. Nocera, the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University, and Molly Breiner, Harvard Business School Class of 2010 and current VP & Sector Lead of Private Climate Investing at Wellington Management.

As part of his remarks, Tkach underscored the unique nature of Rodale Institute’s research into regenerative organic agricultural practices in the United States and abroad. He also called attention to the Institute’s multi-decade side-by-side comparison research trials, which are the cornerstones of the Institute’s work in the scientific community.

In addition, Tkach unveiled new and compelling data to the HBS audience from one of the Institute’s landmark trials. The findings, which will be released to the public in 2024, show the potential impact regenerative organic farmland management can have on global carbon sequestration efforts.