How it started and why we like it
A holistic, innovative, and interdisciplinary approach to sustainability, and a true desire to contribute to make the world a better place are the bases of the collaboration between Simbiosi and Franklin, initiated by Prof. Miniero and Prof. Della Croce.
In light of these shared values, Simbiosi and FUS have agreed that this spring semester students enrolled in BUS 342W Green Marketing and CSR (Prof. Miniero) and in ENV 497 Senior Capstone Course (Prof. Della Croce) will use the example and the expertise of Simbiosi to show that environmentally minded practices in the agricultural and food industry can be sustainable from all points of view: socially, environmentally and economically.
This collaboration, spearheaded by two Academic Divisions (B&E and EMPH), highlights the strong interdisciplinary nature of FUS and its innate vocation for experiential learning, as the students will be able to interact with a business partner in the context of an actual situation. Furthermore, this collaboration with Simbiosi fosters FUS visibility and reputation in the local and regional context and opens up several possibilities for future exchanges with Simbiosi and other like-minded firms.
Simbiosi was born in the footsteps of R&D projects lasting more than 20 years and developed to provide ecosystem services to cities. Simbiosi is the holding of a number of companies, related to Neorurale Hub, the first Nature Based Solutions Valley, founded by Piero Manzoni on the intuition of Giuseppe Natta, a pioneer of the circular economy since the 1970s. These companies develop technologies, solutions, and patents that can be used in many different fields, aimed at saving natural resources (air, water, materials, and soil) and energy.
ENV 497 Project
In the context of the collaboration between FUS and Simbiosi, the students enrolled in ENV 497 Senior Capstone Course, will write a case study aimed at showing how ecological restorations and technologies based on the concept of circular economy can help agriculture become a tool that not only helps mitigate the effects of climate change, but also transform the peri-urban area from an agricultural desert – with low biodiversity and little to no appeal for people – to a service provider, a place that attracts people and serves as much more than “just” the place where our food comes from.
BUS 342W Project
The students enrolled in the BUS342W Green Marketing and CSR class will be crafting a case study on Simbiosi focused on their four core business elements, Tech, Farm, Renewable Services, and the Innovation Center. The focus of the case study will be to see if Simbiosi and its offerings are a viable choice to expand and revolutionize the agri-food industries. Simbiosi values a circular economy with a motto of, "Farm to Fork to Farm" therefore in this case study the students will further explain the nuances and opportunities of this strategy.