STIA-397 Environmental Sustainability and Business Strategy
Fall for 2017-2018
The goal of this course is to explore the intersection of business and economic activities with the natural environment. The focus is on Earth systems and how economic activities overlap with, depend upon, and affect these systems. We examine the business case for environmental sustainability including motivations, incentives, regulatory frameworks, reporting requirements, and bottom line issues that corporations consider in their decision making process. Business dependencies upon Earth systems are discussed such as water, carbon, and nutrient cycles, energy flow, and climate systems. Specific environmental impacts and limitations are reviewed including energy use, carbon emissions, water depletion and degradation, global transport of persistent pollutants, agricultural dynamics, impact of invasive species, and non-sustainable exploitation of fisheries and forests. Students participate in group projects that examine sustainability efforts in the DC area, often as part of government-business partnerships. We end the term with exploration of environmental challenges facing modern business and strategies for addressing these challenges moving forward.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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