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How Business Can Respond to the Grim Predictions for Climate Change

March 6, 2007 by Girling Ph D

Robert Girling,Ph.D.
Professor of Business Strategy
Sonoma State University

The world is waiting to see how business responds to the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report Climate Change 2007.

Will big business led by big oil and the automotive industries continue to down play what is now an unequivocal call to change the way we live? Or will the fledgling efforts of a few business leaders such as General Electric's Jeffrey Imhoff and Duke Power's Paul Anderson hold sway?

The fact is that more companies are coming to understand that continued prosperity vitally depends on how we treat the environment. As a result companies ranging from global companies like Agilent to smaller local companies like Oliver's Markets are pursuing a wide range of “green” business initiatives aimed at reducing fossil fuel consumption. While much of the movement during the past year has come as a result of skyrocketing oil prices and related energy and transportation costs the moral imperative of the UN Report will add impetus and push more companies to seek to show that they are doing something.

Credit to students attending Sustainable Enterprise 2007

February 24, 2007 by Girling Ph D

Robert Girling is offering 1 unit of credit to students that attend the Sustainable Enterprises Seminar May 4-5.

Undergrads will be able to take Bus 385, one unit Cr/NC and grads can take Bus 559, one unit Cr/NC through Extended Education.
Cost is $45.

Register through SSU Extended education.www.sonoma.edu

The Program in Participatory School Leadership

January 31, 2007 by Girling Ph D

Salvador in Bahia, Brazil

by
Robert Henriques Girling, Ph.D.
and
Katia Siqueira de Freitas, Ph. D.
January 2007

The Programa de Capacitação em Gestão Participativa/Lidere (PGP) started at the Federal University of Bahia in August 1995. During this time the program has employed a project learning approach to
successfully train hundreds of school administrators in
the State of Bahia, Brazil. As a mark of its success, the program was contracted by the city of Salvador to train teachers and administrators at all of the city’s 120 schools.

Goals and objectives of the project

GREEN BUSINESS: NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

January 31, 2007 by Girling Ph D

Robert Girling, Ph.D.
Professor; School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University

"Sustainable development will be the primary driver of industrial and economic change over the next 50 years."
David Blood, former head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Beginning In 1992 with the Rio Earth Summit, the community of nations began the dawn of a new age in which we recognized that prosperity and protecting the environment are like Siamese twins. Increasingly, a broad range of companies are incorporating sustainability into their business strategies and plans.

Just what is meant by sustainability? There is remarkable agreement about human values. Most members of any community would like to see opportunities for good work for all, health food and clean drinking water, access to education and health care, responsible entrepreneurship and the preservation of sustainable and livable cities. Taken together these values add up to sustainability, the principle of ensuring that our actions today do not limit the range of economic, social and environmental options open to our children and future generations or simply "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability future generations to meet their own needs." (UN Brundtland Commission)

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