Master of Environmental Studies Capstone Projects

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Other

Date of this Version

5-2010

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Presented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Environmental Studies 2010.

Abstract

The planet's ability to provide ecological services will depend on whether sustainable design is integrated into the fabric of how humanity interacts with the natural world. In the business context, companies moving towards sustainability consider their current needs and those of the future when developing their business models. A sustainable business model will ensure the profitability, social, and ecological value of the company. While there is growing interest in developing sustainable business models, small to mid-sized companies have struggled with implementing this operational system due to a lack of resources. As sustainable business practices grow, these companies can look towards several large businesses for models. In addition, there are a growing number of governmental agencies and NGOs that teach sustainable design. One such entity is Sustainable Cherry Hill, an NGO located in Cherry Hill, NJ that engages local business leaders and helps them integrate sustainable design into everyday business practices. This project developed the sustainability template for Sustainable Cherry Hill which will also be incorporated into Cherry Hill Township's efforts to build a sustainable business community. The project analyzes several business models of sustainable design and instructional programs that teach others how to move towards sustainability. The result is a template that will help the South Jersey business community become more energy efficient, conserve water, reduce waste and decrease toxins and pollutants.

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Date Posted: 07 November 2010