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Environmental Management Seminar
Winter 2010

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Course Schedule:


05 January Course Introductionc
07 January

Topic: Environmental Ethics

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Session Facilitator: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 7: Discounting the Future: Economics and Ethics--Timothy J. Brennan)

Environmental Ethics. Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy
Sagoff, Mark. Zuckerman's Dilemma: A Plea for Environmental Ethics. Hastings Center Report, September/October 1991, p. 32ff.
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.

12 January

Topic: Ecofeminism and Environmental Justice

Session Facilitator: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

What is Ecofeminism Anyway?
Holmes, A. & Cowart, L. B. (1996) Environmental racism: The new liability for industrial site selection. Real Estate Issues
Crittenden, C. (2000). Ecofeminism Meets Business: A Comparison of Ecofeminist, Corporate, and Free Market Ideologies. Journal of Business Ethics, 24, 1, Pg 51, 13 pgs.
Merchant, C. (1996). The Death of Nature: Women and Ecology in the Scientific Revolution. Women and the Environment. New York: Routledge. (for book review click here)
Hovdesven, K. (2006) Bem Sex Role Inventory - Can You Measure Masculinity and Femininity?

14 January

Topic: Systems Theory

Mindwalk: A film for passionate thinkers

To watch on Googlevideo click here

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 1: Being Green: Strategies for a Sustainable World--Stuart L. Hart)
Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 13: The Next Industrial Revolution--Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins)

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

CASE PROPOSALS DUE

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE (by midnight 15 January)

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...and the implications of this view.

19 January

Topic: International Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability

Session Facilitator: Stephen Winters

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Thomas L. Friedman, Hot Flat, and Crowded (Part IV: China)

Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 3: Scortched Earth: Will Environmental Risks in China Overwhelm Its Opportunities?--Elizabeth Economy and Kenneth Lieberthal)
Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 8: Measuring Nations' Environmental Sustainability--Marc A. Levy)

Trusting Nature as the Climate Referee
The Big Question: Will Global Conflict Flow from the Quest for Water Security?
Greenhouse gas policy and California Electricity Prices
Study to put economic value on the services Ecosystems provide
Uruguay: Coming Together to Tackle Climate Change
Environmental Governance, Globalisation and Economic Performance
A Global Network? Transnational Cooperation among Environmental Groups
Incentives to Participate in an International Environmental Agreement

21 January

Topic: Scarcity, Overconsumption, and the Market

Session Facilitator: Alex Lee

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Thomas L. Friedman, Hot Flat, and Crowded (Chapter 3: Our Carbon Copies (or, Too Many Americans))

Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 5: The Tragedy of the Commons--Garrett Hardin)

Compute your ecological footprint by clicking here (leave W# blank)

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....
Harris, J. Consumption and the Environment.
Brown, L.R. A Planet Under Stress....
Hardin, G. The Tragedy of the Commons

MOVIE LINK: Soylent Green.

COMMONS GAME

CONTRACTS DUE

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?

26 January

Topic: Government Policy and the Environment

Session Facilitator: Jeremy Glessner

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Thomas L. Friedman, Hot Flat, and Crowded (Chapter 17: A Democratic China or a Banana Republic)
Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 6: EPA and the Evolution of Federal Regulation--Paul R. Portney)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Smart Way
Can Tesla Become a Real Automaker?
The Pollution Solution

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What are the best examples you can provide of governmental policies and/or regulations which have proven effective in enhancing environmental sustainability?

28 January

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

Session Facilitator: Burton Jones/Rob Primozich

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

The Advantages of Small-Scale Nuclear Reactors
Hyperion Generation
Hydrogen Cars are Still Headed for the Highway
America's New Natural Gas

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

02 February

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

Session Facilitator: Steve Barrett

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Thomas L. Friedman, Hot Flat, and Crowded (Chapter 12: If It Isn't Boring, It Isn't Green)

Pollution Prevention Concepts and Principles
3M's Pollution Prevention Pays Program
EPA--Basic Information on Pollution Prevention
EPA--Why Should You Care About Preventing Waste?
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
Washington State Department of Ecology P(2)

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE

04 February

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

Session Facilitator: David Brown

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 24: Note on Life Cycle Analysis--Susan Svoboda)
Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 25: The LCA Impact and Interpretation Stages--Thomas E. Graedel and Branden R. Allenby)

Okala ecology design (course guide)--read modules 6, 9, 10, 11, 12
Introduction to LCA
An LCA Example from Kimberly-Clark

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

05 February

3:00-4:00 pm

Executive in Residence Business Ethics Lecture

Stan McNaughton

09 February

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

Session Facilitator: Kyle Kearney/Jessica Newland

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

What is Farm Power?
Poop-to-power plant now online
The Promise of Nylon 6
Interface Carpet
The Anatomy of Transformation
The Double-Envelope House
From Inspiration to Innovation

11 February

Topic: Steven Blank (Guest Lecture)

Reading Assignment:

Freight Trucks and Climate Change Policy: Mitigating CO2 Emissions

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 DUE

16 February

Topic: Diffusion of Innovation

Session Facilitator: Kenneth Mackie

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Thomas L. Friedman, Hot Flat, and Crowded (Chapter 11: The Stone Age Didn't End Because We Ran Out of Stones)

Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 12: Objection-Handling Clinic on Inhibiters to the Next Wave--Robert Willard)

Diffusion of Innovations Theory
- Padel, Susanne. Conversion to Organic Farming: A Typical Example of the Diffusin of an Innovation?
Group hopes to build 75-megawatt solar park near Cle Elum

REFLECTIVE JOURNAL: What specific mechanisms can you offer which would serve to expedite the diffusion of environmental innovations?

18 February

Topic: Environmental Marketing and 'Greenwashing'

Session Facilitator: Scott Sanders

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Thomas L. Friedman, Hot Flat, and Crowded (Chapter 8: Green is the New Red, White, and Blue; Chapter 9: 205 Easy Ways to Save the Earth)

Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 19: Avoiding Green Marketing Myopia: Ways to Improve Consumer Appeal for Environmentally Preferable Products--Jacquelyn A. Ottman, Edwin R. Stafford and Cathy L. Hartman)

Name That Sin! (Take the survey and send the results to scottfsanders@gmail.com by 17 February 2010)
The Seven Sins of Greenwashing
Greenwashing Report 2009
New VW Jetta Diesel Tops Prius in Fuel-Economy Marathon Test
Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the Environment

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

23 February

Topic: Environmental Accounting

Session Facilitator: Daniel Martin/David Reinertsen

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 16: A Primer on the Global Reporting Initiative--Kellie Fox, Beth Littlehales and Ryan Keenan)
Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 23: An Introduction to Environmental Accounting as a Business Management Tool--United States Environmental Protection Agency)

Integrating Sustainability Into Financial Statements
Measuring the New Triple Bottom Line
Kimberly-Clark 2008 Sustainability Report

Coca Cola Sustainability Report
Getting to the Bottom of the Triple Bottom Line
Global Reporting Initiative
GRI Grading System

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 4 DUE

25 February

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

Session Facilitator: Brandon Myers

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 27: Environmental Management Systems and Eco-Control--Stefan Schaltegger, Roger Burritt and Holger Petersen)

Environmental Management Systems: The Basics
U.S. Army Sustainability
Environmental Management Systems (from US EPA)

ISO 14000 Essentials (from ISO)
Taking the First Steps in Environmental Management
Case 8: Building an Environmental Management System

Supplemental Readings:

Environmental Management Systems: Do They Improve Performance?
Cities, Environmental Management Systems and ISO 14001: A View from Japan

02 March

Topic: Greening as Strategic Opportunity

Session Facilitator: David McKee

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 11: Strategy Originates Within the Organization--Andrew W. Hoffman)
Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 14: Environmental Product Differentiation: Implication for Corporate Strategy--Forest Reinhardt)
Michael V. Russo, Environmental Management: Reading and Cases (Chapter 17: The Eco-Advantage--Inc. Magazine)

Why Sustainability is Now the Key Driver of Innovation
Little Green Lies
What Is Strategy?
Definition of Greening
Flourishing Forever
Sustainability: Not What You Think It Is
Green IT Overpitched by Vendors; CIOs Beware
'Greening' Transportation in the Supply Chain
Green IT, Virtualization Top of Mind at IT Roadmap
HP Greening Strategy for Printers
HP Makes it Easy to Make Smart Environmental Choices with Unrivaled Portfolio of Printing Solutions
The Case of the Environmental Impasse
The Strong Direct Link Between CSR and Profitability
Strategy and Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantae and Corporate Social Responsibility

04 March

Topic: Career Options within Environmental Management

Session Facilitator: Rebecca Ford & Lindsey Wright

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

What is a Green-Collar Job, Exactly?
Do Green MBAs Get Green Jobs?
The Green Jobs Myth
Jobs, Jobs and Green Jobs
Millions of Jobs of a Different Collar
Green Dream Jobs

Community Contact:

Green Foot Technologies

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?

09 March

Topic: Case Project Presentations


*Sierra Club – Is there a case for supporting natural gas?*
Barrett/Winters
*Beware of Bicycling!*
Lee/Wright/Jones

*H TWO OH NO!*
Myers/Primozich

*Green Herbanization*
Kearney/Ford
11 March

Topic: Case Project Presentations


*Are the first forms of life, life's last chance for survival?*
Mackie/Newland

*Going Green: Fad or Fact?*
Sanders/Brown
*Green Burial: Composting Granny*
Glessner/McKee
*Dropping Green to Save Green*
Reinertsen/Martin

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 5 DUE

CASE WRITE-UPS DUE


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