Introduction to Sustainability in Business-Concepts & Issues

MHR 694.11
Author: Drobny, Neil L.
Source: Fisher College of Business
Year: 2009
Number of pages: 15

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This course will trace the historical evolution of present day expectations on corporations and other organizations for taking on environmental and social responsibilities that may seem unrelated to their core mission. Present-day driving forces such as global warming, food vs. fuel, resource depletion, and poverty mitigation will be studied in detail. Building on that backdrop, the course will acquaint students with the initiatives of several organizations that have integrated sustainability-focused business practices into their operations. Additionally, students will study specific topics that are important blocks for sustainability initiatives. These topics will include building design and construction, energy conservation and management, substitution of renewable for non-renewable resources, carbon reduction, waste reduction and recycling, stakeholder relationships, and sustainability measurement and reporting. Finally, students will be introduced to advanced concepts including natural capitalism, industrial ecology, ecological footprint, enterprise resilience, codes of conduct, life cycle analysis, and sustainable business certification.

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