Sometimes I feel as if all the possible ideas in the world for turning businesses into a more environmental-friendly company or corporation has already been experimented with or promoted to the general public. Although we see certain products such as eco-friendly thermal cups and reusable grocery bags, we are not really making a huge impact yet.
“To Do Well By Doing Good”. This is an important phrase that Stephen Schneider said. In an online article titled “Alums Explore Eco-Friendly Business Ventures” by Michele Chandler (found on Stanford University’s School of Business website) , Stephen Schneider is one important figure mentioned in the article along with many other professionals, professors, and experts. He is a scientist and professor who strongly believes that businesses can connect to the idea of saving the planet and still earning profits along the way. This is an important aspect of the business world since businesses commonly don’t want to risk the huge shift in business operations. This is definitely understandable, but businesses can gain benefits and show the public that it is possible to think eco-friendly.
The article also introduces Ade Dosunmu, an alum of Stanford University who, at the time that this article was written in (2008), was creating a new way to let households measure the amount of energy each household consumes. Although he was in the early stages of creating this method two years ago, we obviously don’t tend to see people using it regularly. This gap in participation from consumers is where we can learn from each other and build up on new methods to increase participation in the “go-green” movement. In addition, Stephen Paradis is another important figure who, at the time was trying to find ways to go green at his own workplace. For example, he believed that “encouraging the thousands of park volunteers to carpool when coming to perform cleanup and maintenance work on the trail or using low-emission vehicles to haul supplies”. This is important because although we carpool nowadays, there isn’t enough emphasis on how small actions such as carpooling can eliminate pollution and save the planet. The article also mentions many other important figures with a huge role in connecting businesses to saving the world. These individuals are working hard to make the world a better place by taking action and contributing their ideas and opinions to the cause. If every one can participate in one way or another, businesses can change the materials they use and base their ideology and supply on environmental-friendly factors.
The first link provided is for the article stated above. The second link is a website called “Call2Recycle” in which anyone can recycle their old cell phones and batteries. I thought this would be useful to include because my family has many cell phones that are just sitting around in my house. It would be benefiting a global environmental cause if we could recycle those old cell phones. There are more details about how to recycle these cell phones and what types of batteries are accepted.