San Diego State University

College of Business Administration

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Seminar in Environmental Management: Fall 2004

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Class Schedule:


Week 01

30 August

Topic:
Course Introduction
Week 02

06 September

NO CLASS-Labor Day
Weeks 03-04

13/20 September

Mindwalk: A film for passionate thinkers
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Topic: Environmental Ethics

Session Facilitator: Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

COMMONS GAME

Reading Assignment:

Diamond, Jarod. Easter's End. Discover, August 1995.
Sagoff, Mark. Zuckerman's Dilemma: A Plea for Environmental Ethics. Hastings Center Report, September/October 1991, p. 32.
Holmes, Ralston III. Global Environmental Ethics: A Valuable Earth.
Kay, Jeanne. Concepts of Nature in the Hebrew Bible. Environmental Ethics, v10, n4, p309
Locke, John An Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent and End of Civil Government. [CHAPTER V: Of Property]
Weston, Anthony. Between Means and Ends. The Monist, v75, n2, p236.
Brown, Lester R. Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth. [CHAPTER 1: The Economy and the Earth]

Supplemental Course Materials:

Armstrong, Susan J. & Botzler, Richard G. Environmental Ethics: Divergence and Convergence

Erdoes, Richard & Ortiz, Alfonso (eds). American Indian Myths and Legends

Hoffman, W. Michael, Frederick, Robert, & Petry, Edward S. Jr. (eds). The Corporation, Ethics, and the Environment, Part I

Johnson, Lawrence E. A Morally Deep World: An Essay on Moral Significance and Environmental Ethics

Larusso, Carol Spenard (ed). The Green Thoreau

Mander, Jerry. In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations

Nerburn, Ken & Mengelkoch, Louise (eds). Native American Wisdom

Oelschlaeger, Max (ed). The Wilderness Condition: Essays on Environment and Civilization

Rockefeller, Steven C. & Elder, John C. (eds). Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue

Sachs, Aaron. Eco-Justice: Linking Human Rights and the Environment

Stone, Christopher. The Gnat is Older than Man: Global Environment and Human Agenda, Chapter X

Suzuki, David & Knudtson, Peter. Wisdom of the Elders: Honoring Sacred Native Visions of Nature

Watts, Alan W. Nature, Man and Woman

Weatherford, Jack. Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America

Week 05

27 September

Topic: Ecofeminism and Environmental Justice

Session Facilitators:Duitsman/Schexnayder

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

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

Welford, Richard & Starkey, Richard Business and the Environment: A Reader, Chapter 2

Ecofeminism Website (Read section entitled "What is Ecofeminism?"
Critical and Constructive Contributions of Ecofeminism
Ecofeminism Meets Business
Ecofeminism Economics
A Challenge for Ecofeminism

Cases:

[SEMINAR LEADER CASE TO BE POSTED HERE]

Supplemental Course Materials:

Newton, Lisa H. & Dillingham, Catherine K. (eds). Watersheds 2: Ten Cases in Environmental Ethics, Chapter 2
Warren, Karen J. The Power and the Promise of Ecological Feminism. Environmental Ethics Summer 1990, v12, n2, p125(22).
Dubos, Rene. The Wooing of Earth: New Perspectives on Man's Use of Nature
Stone, Christopher. The Gnat is Older than Man: Global Environment and Human Agenda, Chapters I, II, III, IV, V
Week 06

04 October

Topic: Scarcity, Overconsumption, and the Market

Session Facilitators:Dunn

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Ethics and the Economics Ecology Dilemma: Toward a Just, Sustainable, and Frugal Future
Sustainability, Carrying Capacity, and Overconsumption, 16 August 2002
Sustainable Development: A Common Challenge for North and South
Overpopulation and Overconsumption: Where Should We Focus?
The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
What's Your Share?, Summer 2001

Cases:

[SEMINAR LEADER CASE TO BE POSTED HERE]

Supplemental Course Materials:

Smith, Richard (ed). Overpopulation and Overconsumption: Combating the Two Main Drivers of Global Destruction. British Medical Journal, 15 May 1993, v306, p1285.

Butler, Colin. Overpopulation, Overconsumption, and Economics. Lancet, 5 March 1994, v343, n8897, p582.

Dickinson, Elaine. Cruise Ships Under Scrutiny. Boat US Magazine, September 2002, p36

CONTRACTS Due
(Must be submitted electronically by accessing the link directly above)

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1 Due

Week 07

11 October

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

Session Facilitators:Johnson/Jones

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Appenzeller, Tim. Signs of the Earth. National Geographic: September 2004

Glick, Daniel. Geo Signs: The Big Thaw. National Geographic: September 2004

Kaiser, Jocelyn. Caribou Study Fuels Debate on Drilling in Arctic Refuge. National Geographic: September 2004

Mia MacDonald with Danielle Nierenberg State of the World 2003. (Read Chapter 3: Linking Population, Women, and Biodiversity

Some Observations on the State of the World's Environment, and the Prospects for the Future (PDF file)

Brown, Lester R. Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth. [CHAPTER 2: Signs of Stress: Climate and Water]

Brown, Lester R. Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth. [CHAPTER 3: Signs of Stress: The Biological Base]

Cases:

Ladenson, Robert F. “Global Warming” (Case #70).. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (IIT). (February 28, 2002).

Week 08

18 October

Topic: Costing the Earth: Efficiency and the Environment

Session Facilitators:Wright/Van Dyke

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Hawken, Paul The Ecology of Commerce, Chapters 5, 6, 7, 9

Welford, Richard & Starkey, Richard Business and the Environment: A Reader, Chapter 17

Footprints for Sustainability: The Next Steps (PDF file)

Resource Efficiency

Natural Capitalism

Rising fossil fuel prices boost prospects for renewable energy

US Lags on Renewable Energy

Indian Elephants Fight Losing Battle with Humans

Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program

Clean-Energy Trends 2003

Biomass Energy

Green Building

Loup Valley Dairy Case Study

Cases:

[SEMINAR LEADER CASE TO BE POSTED HERE]

Supplemental Course Materials:

Spash, Clive L. Economics, Ethics, and Long-Term Environmental Damage. Environmental Ethics, v15, n2, p117.

Daly, Herman E. & Townsend, Kenneth N. Valueing the Earth: Economics, Ecology, Ethics

Hoffman, W. Michael, Frederick, Robert, & Petry, Edward S. Jr. (eds). The Corporation, Ethics, and the Environment, Part IV

Makower, Joel. The E Factor: The Bottom-line Approach to Environmentally Responsible Business, Chapters 1-2

Stone, Christopher. The Gnat is Older than Man: Global Environment and Human Agenda, Chapters VI, VII, VIII

Tietenberg, Tom. Environmental Economics and Policy, Chapters 1, 2, 4, 6, 12

Week 09

25 October

Topic: Clean Technology

Session Facilitators: Cheshire/Forsthoefel/Schweighart

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Welford, Richard & Starkey, Richard Business and the Environment: A Reader, Chapters 9, 10, 11

Chea, Terence. Clean Technology Firms Attract Cash

The Clean Revolution: Technologies from the Leading Edge

Clean Coal Technology & The President's Clean Coal Power Initiative

Dempsey, Dave. Earth protection begins with small things, like dry cleaning

Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Personal story of a Prius driver

A Roving Ambassador for Clean Technology

Cases:

Genetically Modified Food and Organisms

Case Study –Study Inconclusive on the safety of GM food

Supplemental Course Materials:

Katz, Eric. The Call of the Wild: The Struggle against Domination and the Technological Fix of Nature. Environmental Ethics, v14, p265.

Managing Planet Earth: Readings from Scientific American, Chapter 8

(focusing on the development of new technologies that replace existing high energy and material consuming, and polluting technologies)
Week 10

01 November

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

Session Facilitators: Knepper/Levine

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

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

An Ounce of Pollution Prevention is Worth Over 167 Billion Pounds of Cure (PDF file)

California Water Boards Launch Countywide...

P2: The Pollution Prevention Experts...

An Introduction to Pollution Prevention...

Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center

Sustaining Our Future: 3M's Progress toward Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability

Environmental Management Issues in Corporate Strategy

Business and Sustainable Development: A Global Guide (Pollution Prevention)

Erase the Waste: Neighborhood Action Kit

Cases:

Two Tribes Play by New Set of Rules

Video:

Gail Mayville (Business Enterprise Trust video)

Supplemental Course Materials:

Nerburn, Kent, Ph.D & Mengelkoch, Louise, M.A. The Betrayal of the Land, Native American Wisdom. New World Library, 1991. p47.

Bechtel, Stefan. Keeping Your Company Green

Makower, Joel. The E Factor: The Bottom-line Approach to Environmentally Responsible Business, Chapters 3, 6

Tietenberg, Tom. Environmental Economics and Policy, Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 Due

Week 11

08 November

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

Session Facilitators: Seale/High

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Welford, Richard & Starkey, Richard Business and the Environment: A Reader, Chapter 14

10 Ecodesign Tools

Life Cycle Assessment

Results from Examining Three Companies’ LCD Measures

Provides Free LCA Software to Measure Environmental Impact of New Buildings

Limitations of LCA – Only as Good as the Data

Click here, and go to 'Companies Using Life Cycle,' then reference 'Dow – Goal 2005'

Cases:

Stadium Case Study

Video:

GLOBAL DUMPING GROUND
(Frontline video)

Supplemental Course Materials:

Nerburn, Kent, Ph.D & Mengelkoch, Louise, M.A. The Ways of the Land, Native American Wisdom.

New World Library, 1991. p1.The Responsive Communitarian Platform: Rights and Responsibilities. The Responsive Community. Vol. 2, Issue 1, Winter 1991/92.

Week 12

15 November

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

Session Facilitators: Fraser/Garrido

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Welford, Richard & Starkey, Richard Business and the Environment: A Reader, Chapters 4, 5, 6

International Standards for Environmental Management Systems: A future promise for Environmental Policy? (PDF)

14K Does it Pay? Factoring Sustainability into the EMS Equation (PDF)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (see EMS)

EMS Your Business Advantage (PDF)

The Benefits of EMS (PDF)

Q&A on ISO 14000

ISO 14000 Case Studies

Cases:

City of San Diego EMS Case Study (PDF)

Supplemental Course Materials:

Birch, Thomas H. The Incarceration of Wildness: Wilderness Areas as Prisons. Environmental Ethics, Spring 1990, v12, n1, p3(24)

Martel, Ned & Holman, Blan . Inside the Environmental Groups, 1994. Outside. March 1994, pp 65

Martin, Michael. Ecosabotage and Civil Disobedience. Environmental Ethics, v12, n4, p291.

Abbey, Edward (ed) The Best of Edward Abbey, From The Monkey Wrench Gang

Buchholz, Rogene A. Principles of Environmental Management: The Greening of Business, Part III

Hoffman, W. Michael, Frederick, Robert, & Petry, Edward S. Jr. (eds). The Corporation, Ethics, and the Environment, Part III

Makower, Joel. The E Factor: The Bottom-line Approach to Environmentally Responsible Business, Chapters 4, 5, 7

Stead, W. Edward & Stead, Jean Garner. Management for a Small Planet: Strategic Decision Making and the Environment

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 Due

Week 13

22 November

Topic: Environmental Change Project Preparation Day
(No formal class meeting)
Week 14

29 November

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

Session Facilitators: Natemeyer/Tubman/Masure

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Reading Assignment:

Hawken, Paul The Ecology of Commerce, Chapter 4

Eco-Industrial Parks: The Case for Private Planning (PDF file)

Schmidt-Bleek, Friederich. The Fossil Makers (Chapter 6 and “Does a Refrigerator Have to Travel?” from Chapter 7--PDF file)

Closing the Loop with Recycled Products (PDF file)

Dell Environmental Report (2004) (PDF file)

Xerox Environmental Report (2004) (PDF file)

Cases:

Industrial Ecology: Paradigm Shift or Normal Science?

Supplemental Course Materials:

By-Product Synergy Supports Sustainable Development (PDF file)

Zero waste system in paradise (PDF file)

Applied Sustainability LLC: Making a Business Case for By-Product Synergy (PDF file)

U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development

Eco-Industrial Parks: A Case Study and Analysis of Economic, Environmental, Technical, and Regulatory Issues (PDF file)

EPA Examples of Eco-Industrial and Resource Recovery Parks

Simon, Julian L. and S. Moore. Chicken Little Was Wrong. The American Spectator, February 2001 (PDF file)

Davis, Sheila and T. Smith. Corporate Strategies for Electronics Recycling: A Tale of Two Systems. Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, June 25, 2003 (PDF file)

Recycling? It’s Really Reselling

Week 15

06 December

Topic: The Meaning of Work

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

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

Paperless Office Environmental Change Project Presentation (Fraser, Garrido, Van Dyke)

TERM PAPERS DUE
(Term Papers will not be accepted without SELF-EVALUATION attached)

Week 16

13 December

FINAL EXAMINATION

Cases:

Anynomous. A toast to eco-balancing at Hasseroder Brewery.

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 4 Due


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