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Seminar in Management:
Environmental Management
Winter 2008

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Course Schedule:


08 January Course Introduction

Syllabus Overview

10 January

Topic: Environmental Ethics

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Session Facilitator: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Environmental Ethics. Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy
Sagoff, Mark. Zuckerman's Dilemma: A Plea for Environmental Ethics. Hastings Center Report, September/October 1991, p. 32.
Nash, J.A. Ethics and the Economics Ecology Dilemma: Toward a Just, Sustainable, and Frugal Future
Holmes, Ralston III. Global Environmental Ethics: A Valuable Earth.
Locke, John An Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent and End of Civil Government. [CHAPTER V: Of Property]
Brown, Lester R. Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth. [CHAPTER 1: The Economy and the Earth]

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Reflect on the shortcomings of traditional ethical theory to adequately capture a 'value' for the natural environment. If applicable, additionally reflect on the shortcomings of your own religious and/or spiritual tradition to adequately capture a 'value' for the natural environment.

15 January

Topic: Systems Theory

Mindwalk: A film for passionate thinkers

Reading Assignment:

Diamond, Jarod. Easter's End. Discover, August 1995.
Capra, G. The Turning Point (Chapter 2--excerpted)

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Discuss your position on the matter of whether humans are part of nature, or something separate and distinct from nature. Additionally, relect on the reasons you hold to this view.

17 January Topic: Ecofeminism and Environmental Justice

Session Facilitators: Dan Batchelor and Bryan Wokich

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Hawken, Paul The Ecology of Commerce, Preface, Chapters 1, 2, 12

What is Ecofeminism Anyway?
Environmental racism: The new liability for industrial site selection
Crittenden, C. (2000, March). Ecofeminism Meets Business: A Comparison of Ecofeminist, Corporate, and Free Market Ideologies. Journal of Business Ethics, 24, 1, Pg 51, 13 pgs.
Mellor, M. (2002, Spring). Ecofeminist Economics: Women, Work, and the Environment. Women & Environments International Magazine, 14991993, 45/45.
Merchant, C. (1996). The Death of Nature: Women and Ecology in the Scientific Revolution. Women and the Environment. New York: Routledge.
Hallstrom, N. The Environmental Crisis....

Chainsaws of Greed
The Tragedy of the Commons (Hardin)

COMMONS GAME

CASE PROPOSALS DUE

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE

22 January

Topic: State of the World: The Science of the Environment

Session Facilitators: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Broad, W.J. From a Rapt Audience, a Call to Cool the Hype.
U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007.
video: The debate on global warming is over.
Voluntary Efforts Won't Work: Why We Need Mandatory Limits on Carbon Dioxide.
Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us.
Holmes, K. Carnivorous Cravings: Charting the World's Protein Shift.
Smallbone, T. How can domestic households become part of the solution....
Simon, J.L. and S. Moore. Chicken Little Was Wrong. The American Spectator, February 2001 (PDF file)

CONTRACTS DUE

24 January

Topic: Scarcity, Overconsumption, and the Market

Session Facilitators: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

What's Your Share?.

You can easily compute your share of the commons by downloading this Excel spreadsheet
Vaknin. The Misconception of Scarcity.
Krautkraemer, J.A. Economics of natural resource scarcity: The state of the debate.
Wolfgram, E.F. Population, Resources & Environment.
Hanauer, H.G. Overpopulation and Overconsumption....
Korten, D.C. Sustainable Development....
Clapp, J. Distancing of Waste....
Harris, J. Consumption and the Environment.
Brown, L.R. A Planet Under Stress....

MOVIE LINK: Soylent Green.

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Contemplate the impact of free market capitalism on scarcity as well as overconsumption and overpopulation. Is free market capitalism sustainable from a systems point of view? If so, for how long?

29 January

Topic: Clean Technology
(focusing on the development of new technologies that replace existing high energy and material consuming, and polluting technologies)

Session Facilitators: SueEllen Lawton and Ariel Somppi

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

America's clean-tech clusters: Venture capitals
Move Over, Gasoline: Here Come Biofuels
A Consumer's Guide to Buying Clean Energy (Natural Resource Defense Council)
Clean energy, clean technology and carbon trading: What are they?
Pernick, R. and Makower, J.The Clean-Tech Opportunity
Food, Fuel and Green Revolutions: The U.S. 2007 Farm Bill slogs forward (Institute for Food and Development Policy)
de Callijon, D.P., Donohue, M., & Day, R. Clean technology: A Compelling Investment Opportunity.
LaMonica, M. Can IT fuel clean energy technologies?.

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What are the personal and institutional barriers to the adoption of clean technology...and how might these best be overcome?

31 January

Topic: Pollution Prevention
(focusing on reducing pollution from existing plants and processes)

Session Facilitators: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Hawken, Paul The Ecology of Commerce, Chapters 3, 11

Pollution Prevention and Ecofeminism.
Pollution Prevention Definition (ref: Chapter 1).
Kyoto Protocol.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Programs.
3M Pollution Prevention Pays.
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

Video:

Gail Mayville (Business Enterprise Trust video)

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE

05 February

Topic: Life-Cycle-Design
(focusing on the inclusion of environmental considerations in the regular design of products and production processes)

Session Facilitators: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Hart, S. A natural-resource based view of the firm.
Life Cycle Design of Milk and Juice Packaging.
J .G.M. Kortman, J.G.M, Van Kampen, M.G.H, Verhoef, L.A., and Loois, G. A Life Cycle Assessment of the Environmental Impact of Photovoltaic Streetlight Systems.
Blanchard, S. and Reppe, P.Life Cycle Analysis of a Residential Home in Michigan.
Life Cycle Inventory of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel for Use in an Urban Bus.
Better by Design.
Kosuke Ishii, K., Eubanks, C. and Di Marco, P. Design for Product Retirement and Material Life-Cycle.
Bras, B. Incorporating Environmental Issues in Product Design and Realization.
Young, S.B. LCA Scope and Boundary Setting.
Life Cycle Analysis/Assessment (Powerpoint File).
LCIA Methods and Links (Document).
Checklist for Lifecycle Design....
HP Product Design.

Video:

Global Dumping Ground
(FRONTLINE video)

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Suggest how a business process of your choosing could be 'reconceived' in light of life cycle analysis and/or life cycle design.

07 February

Topic: Loop-Closing
(focusing on re-use and recycling of waste-products through the cycle of the product)

Session Facilitators: Alina Brown and Angela Dittmar

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Hawken, Paul The Ecology of Commerce, Chapter 4

The truth about recycling.
The Eight Great Myths of Recycling.
Tips for buying recycled products.
Batista, E. Recycling? It's Really Reselling
Green Economics.
Industrial Symbiosis.
Klee, R. Zero waste system in paradise (PDF file)
NISP.
Applied Sustainability LLC: Making a Business Case for By-Product Synergy (PDF file)

Videos:
Tokyo Recycle Project.
Penn & Teller Recycling 1/3.
Penn & Teller Recycling 2/3.
Penn & Teller Recycling 3/3.

Supplemental Course Materials:

Eco-Industrial Parks: A Case Study and Analysis of Economic, Environmental, Technical, and Regulatory Issues (PDF file)
Davis, S. and T. Smith. Corporate Strategies for Electronics Recycling: A Tale of Two Systems. Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, June 25, 2003 (PDF file)

08 February

3:00-4:00 pm

Fraser 4

Executive in Residence Business Ethics Lecture
Phil Hummel

12 February

Topic: Environmental Accounting

Session Facilitators: Elise Crick and Vanessa Knutzen

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

The Organizational and Operational Boundaries of Triple Bottom Line Reporting: A Survey
An Introduction to Environmental Accounting
Multimedia Showcase with Julie Lockhart
Sutherland, D. Public Companies Tweak Accounting to Hide Environmental Debt
BC Hydro
Getting to the Bottom of the “Triple Bottom Line”
What is Environmental Accounting and why is it a good idea
CU-Boulder Business Professor Teaches Environmental Approach To Accounting

Erin Brockovich movie clips - PG&E

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LU4Qf6jo5kM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=eqjqmQpUu04
http://youtube.com/watch?v=MvsGI5qXBm8
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZTkChLfj3Tk
http://youtube.com/watch?v=pPlbFiEXmOI

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 DUE

14 February

Topic: Environmental Marketing and 'Greenwashing'

Session Facilitators: Megan DeLaney and Freyja Jons

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Ecologists unmoved by 'green' wave in advertising
The Myth Behind the Green
The Greenwashing of North America
It's Green...But Are You Sure?
How can you tell if it’s really ‘green’?
Sorting Out 'Green' Advertising Claims
Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims
About Greenwashing
False 'Green' Ads Draw Global Scrutiny

Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid wins green car award (PDF)
The truth about the green car of the year (PDF)
Mining company involved in environmental disaster... (PDF)
Eyeing the future of new fuel cars (PDF)

Videos:
Today's Consumer Reports
Commercials:
The Ads
Tools:
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: How is it that consumers know the difference between 'authentic' green and 'greenwashing'--or do they?

19 February

Topic: Case Preparation Day

21 February

Topic: The Meaning of Work

Session Facilitator: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

For a great 'read' on social justice and meaningful work: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

Collins, J. What Comes Next?
Hopkins, M.S. The World According to Me
Taylor, F. The Principles of Scientific Management (full text)
Taylor, F. The Principles of Scientific Management (excerpts on meaningful work)
Terkel, S. 'Working'. (Chapter titles: Carl Murray Bates, Walter Lundquist, Donna Murray, Roberta Victor, Nora Watson)

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Articulate the 'values' which will be most central to your next job search. How will you ensure these values are respected by your next employer?

26 February

Topic: Career Options within Environmental Management

Session Facilitators: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

TBA

Topic: Environmental Management Systems
(focusing on changes in management structure and the provision of information on impacts relevant to the environment)

Session Facilitators: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

EPA Intro to EMS Training (interactive learning)
Legal Lookout: The Importance of EMS
EMS Pilot Study Quantitative DoD ISO 14001 Data
Have Trends in Corporate Environmental Management Influenced Companies Competitiveness? (PDF)
Comparative Advantage: The Impact of ISO 14001 Environmental Certification on Exports (PDF)
Zosel, T. Environmental Management Issues in Corporate Strategy

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 4 DUE

28 February

Topic: Case Preparation Day

04 March

Topic: Case Preparation Day

06 March

Topic: Case Preparation Day

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 5 DUE

11 March

Topic: Case Project Presentations


*Food from Cloned Animals Safe to Eat: FDA*
Crick/Knutzen
*Mercury in Energy-saving Bulbs*
DeLaney/Freyja
13 March

Topic: Case Project Presentations


*Bring in the Clones*
Batchelor/Wokich
*Largest Recall of Ground Beef is Ordered*
Brown/Dittmar

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: Provide your final reflections regarding the 'link' between your case analysis and the content of this course.

18 March

FINAL EXAMINATION

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 6 DUE


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