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Jeffrey Mittelstadt

Professor of the Practice of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability


McColl 4504, CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490

Jeff Mittelstadt teaches courses in sustainable enterprise and is executive director of the Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability.

He is a career sustainability professional dedicated to using the triple bottom line and breakthrough capitalism concepts to drive profitable business opportunities for positive social and environmental impact.

He founded the non-profit WildSides, which creates educational and documentary multimedia, including the award-winning  film “Staring Down Fate.” He also founded a multimedia and consulting firm, Rootspective, to help consumers and companies make decisions based on their unique social, environmental/human health and economic values.

Professor Mittelstadt was Davidson College’s first director of sustainability. He worked for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Inspector General in Research Triangle Park evaluating national air quality programs. He was a vice president and senior analyst at Bank of America working on green building, sustainable purchasing, green cleaning and renewable energy.

He designed, implemented, and managed a national sustainable manufacturing initiative for the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM). During his work there, the U.S. Department of Commerce appointed him to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Advisory Expert Group on Sustainable Manufacturing and Eco-Innovation.

Professor Mittelstadt taught communication courses at Winston-Salem State University and food and sustainability course at Davidson.

He earned his MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler, concentrating in sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship. He also received his MA in mass communication and journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, his MEM from Duke University, concentrating in resource economics and policy, and his BA in psychology from Davidson.