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Virtual University -- online environmental class

Online international business and the environment class through Virtural University
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131 Wallace Avenue
Vallejo , CA 94590
Contact Person: Barney Popkin
Phone: 707-552-8056
Fax: 707-647-7056
E-Mail: bppopkin@mindspring.com
Website: http://www.vu.org

Detailed Information:
Here are the lesson plan titles and descriptions, and some suggested readings. The text is Schmidheiny, Stephen. 1995. "Changing Course: A Global Business Perspective on Development and the Environment." MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. Though I like Hawkin's "The Ecology of Commerce" too. I picked Schmidheiny because it represents World Bank and European Community policy - that is, the policy of the industrialized nations. I try to balance this view through tutorials, discussion, and homework assignments. Sorry about the homework. Oh, there is a final exam as well for those who want Continuing Education Credit. The course is open to anyone. There are no prerequisites. But it is aimed at business and environmental policy and planning students, practicing professional business people, planners, environmental managers, operations managers, plant managers, financial managers, facility owner/operators, or want-to-a-bes. Lesson 1, Introduction, Sustainable Development, and Pricing Environmental Markets Covers introductory information, the business of sustainable development, and environmental pricing. The business of sustainable development includes concepts of sustainable development, growth controversy, business challenge, eco-efficiency, challenge of time, and shaping the future. Environmental pricing focuses on markets, costs, and instruments to make markets work for the environment, induce improvements, find the right mix, develop national accounts, and make societal choices. Lesson 2, Energy, Capital Markets, and Trade Covers energy and the marketplace, capital markets, and trade and sustainable development. Energy and the marketplace include energy dilemmas, an action framework, strategies to make energy markets work, energy efficiency, sustainable energy mix, and strategies for a developing world, and future paths. Capital markets for financing sustainable development describe capital markets, identify market imbalances, point out misconceptions and constraints, and discuss reform components and signs of improvements. Trade and sustainable development review trade policies and their relationship between trade and environment, development, and sustainable development. Lesson 3, Corporate Change, Innovation, and Technology Covers managing corporate change, the innovation process, and technology cooperation. Managing corporate change addresses corporate emergency, the vision of sustainability, mobilization through stakeholder partnership, relationship between new markets and new management strategies, corporate outcomes and reporting, and corporate leadership. The innovation process focuses on cleaner processes through pollution prevention (P2) and life-cycle stewardship, retail refinements, and challenges. Technology cooperation describes the urgency, lessons forgotten, what works (trade and competition), the changing scene, partnerships, training, innovative aid, and the cooperation chain. Lesson 4, Sustainable Management and Leadership Covers sustainable management of renewable resources and leadership in sustainable development in developing countries. Sustainable management of renewable resources addresses food and agriculture, and forestry. Leadership in development addresses business leadership, obstacles, opportunities, and options. Lesson 5, Case Studies Covers selected international case studies, several of which are web-accessible and to be brought forth through course participants. Lesson 6: State of the Environment Reports and Sustainable Cities Plans Covers state of the environment (SOE) reports and sustainable city plans, and how they affect the business community and the environment. Examples from the U.S. and abroad will be evaluated in terms of economic, cultural, technical, and legal issues. Several reports and plans are web-accessible. Suggested Readings: Atkinson, Philip E. 1990. Creating Culture Change: The Key to Successful Total Quality Management. Pfeiffer

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