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Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Ariel Kraten

Lecturer

Ariel Kraten

Ariel Kraten

Lecturer

Phone 617-627-3394
97 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA
Biography: 

In addition to teaching, Ariel Kraten is a sustainability professional working with GoBlu International, a sustainability accelerator for the apparel industry that she co-founded in 2015. In both roles, Ariel’s goal is to support the development of business and community leaders who make conscious decisions through the lens of environmental and social justice, and with respect for global interconnections.

Her career trajectory was influenced by her service in the Peace Corps, where she experienced water insecurity and the impact of rapid globalization while living in a small village in the Amazon rainforest.

She has spent more than a decade working with global apparel companies and manufacturers to create and implement strategies for more sustainable business practices, and to tell their stories in honest, compelling, and inspiring ways. She brings this practical experience into the classroom, where students can expect to get a taste of the real-world challenges companies face as they balance priorities while confronting climate change, modern-day slavery in supply chains, cultural shifts related to technology, the coronavirus pandemic, and more.

Ariel teaches Corporate Social Responsibility at UEP and has taught her course #Outfitoftheday: Clothing, Sustainability, and the Global Implications of Getting Dressed through the ExCollege.

Education: 
MS, University of Pennsylvania
BS and BA, Boston University
Expertise: 

Sustainability strategy setting and implementation; corporate social responsibility; social and environmental impact of fashion/apparel industry