Prof. Reto Gieré was the faculty leader of “Switzerland: Living Sustainability”, a field trip organized by Penn’s Lauder Institute as a part of its Lauder Intercultural Venture (LIV) program. This LIV explored Switzerland’s dedication to sustainability in various aspects of daily life, education and business. It examined various approaches to achieving the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), for example, by limiting CO2 emissions, reducing energy consumption, using renewable energy sources, enhancing the circular economy, sourcing of alternative raw materials for the industry, and preserving and increasing urban green spaces and forested areas. Students visited key sites to illustrate that sustainability measures can and will lead to competitive advantages rather than economic disadvantages. In discussions, talks and guided tours, students explored how sustainability is deeply rooted in Swiss culture, how residents are genuinely connected to nature, and how education from Kindergarten to University plays a crucial role in promoting the value of a clean and healthy environment. Students also learned why the Alps are experiencing an increase in temperature that is twice that of the global average, why actions to protect the residents are so important, and why extraordinary investments are required to enhance the safety of mountain communities. Moreover, the students saw first-hand that government policies and measures taken by the private industry are crucial in promoting responsible behavior in all aspects of life and business, in enhancing the appreciation of the fragility of our planet, and in increasing the resilience of the population.