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"Greening" Facilities: Hermes Microtech, Inc.

The process of identifying more efficient, less costly, and more environmentally friendly ways to build a facility is complicated, especially for a company such as Hermes, a (fictitious) microchip company that uses special "clean rooms" in manufacturing. This case presents opportunities for stakeholder analysis, a discussion of strategic thinking, and an exploration of the complex issues involved ...

An Overview of the Historical Context for Sustainable Business in the United States, 1960-2000

The concept of sustainable business is a powerful new perspective on creating value for multiple stakeholders. It links the previously conflicting interests of economic efficiency, social equity, and environmental protection. This technical note describes the historical background that has framed the transition from environmental battles to sustainable business and adds context to the discussion o ...

Bank of America Tower: Redesigning Skyscrapers

This is a minicase, one of 10 in a set of short cases written to illustrate the business benefits companies realize through adopting sustainable business strategies. This minicase describes Bank of America's new headquarters building in New York City focusing on the "green" or sustainable design features used and anticipated benefits. ...

Biomimicry: Using Nature's Models as Sustainability Design Inspiration for Company Strategy and Products

This brief background note provides an explanation and examples of biomimicry as an approach that provides insights into the innovative design of products and corporate strategy framing. Biomimicry uses nature's laws and successful strategies to inform commercial innovation. ...

Calera: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Sustainability

A high-risk, highly capital-intensive start-up had confirmed its product's scalability and must then decide what business model made sense. It's biomimicry-inspired, environmentally sustainable cement product and related processes had the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions, possibly sequester carbon, and even assist in potable water production. If everything worked as hoped, Calera's meth ...

Chains

Unlike conventional supply chains, green supply chains are designed to ensure that value creation, rather than risk and waste, accumulates at each step, from design to disposal and recovery. As a primer, this note is suitable for undergraduate, MBA, or executive students exploring corporate response to environmental degradation, rising energy and materials prices, and the growing challenges of int ...

Climate Change

The scientific consensus on climate change's origins in human activities has begun to influence international law and corporate policies. Suitable for MBA and undergraduate students, this technical note is a compilation that replaces a three-part series of the same name (UVA-ENT-0036, -0037, and -0038) International concern over global climate change began in the late 20th century, when scientists ...

Coastwide Labs: Product and Strategy Redesign in Commerical Cleaning Products

This is a minicase, one of 10 in a set of short cases written to illustrate the business benefits companies realize through adopting sustainable business strategies. The Coastwide Labs minicase traces the development of a successful sustainability strategy implemented by an industrial and commercial cleaning products company. ...

Coral Reef Ecosystems: Valuable and Critically Threatened

Coral reef ecosystems are beautiful and vibrant underwater communities inhabited by a spectacularly diverse and abundant array of organisms essential to human needs. Reefs are severely threatened worldwide?estimates are that one-fifth of coral reefs have already been lost or severely damaged, and the rest are expected to disappear before the end of this century. The intrinsic value of coral reefs ...

Corporate Greenhouse Gas Accounting: Carbon Footprint Analysis

Stakeholder climate change actions worldwide have prompted companies to measure their greenhouse gas emissions and reduce their carbon footprints by decreasing energy and fuel use. In the process, they are cutting costs, decreasing exposure to severe weather, reducing energy vulnerability, and potentially opening up revenue sources for carbon credit sales in the emerging markets for carbon trading ...

East West Partners: Sustainability Strategy in Real Estate Development and Ski Resorts

This is a minicase, one of 10 in a set of short cases written to illustrate the business benefits companies realize through adopting sustainable business strategies. This minicase describes the creative and innovative ways sustainability goals were integrated into a development project called Northstar Tahoe, creating a model for real estate and ski resort design to protect community and environme ...

Emissions Trading at Atlantic Energy

This case engages students in a real decision context: an electric utility evaluates the opportunities in emissions trading. It exposes students to fast-changing markets for pollution credits and to the environmental and economic benefits thereof. ...
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