Graduation Year

2015

Graduation Month

May

Document Type

Professional Paper - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

School or Department

Business School

Major

Accounting

Faculty Mentor

Megan Stark

Faculty Mentor Department

Global Leadership Initiative

Keywords

Sustainability, Business, Practices, Climate Change, Responsibility

Subject Categories

Business

Abstract

Global climate change is becoming a visible global issue. Many sectors of our society are taking on the challenge of mitigating climate change through sustainable practices. The business community in particular is tackling the challenge. Sustainability may be defined as doing things today that do not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, the business community has a distinct definition of sustainability. Many companies view “sustainability as an opportunity to gain a competitive edge and create tangible, economic value,” (Sommer, 2012, p. 3). Because our review of the literature demonstrated that businesses have a significant influence on trends in society, we wanted to further explore sustainable business as a platform for global and local climate change mitigation. Our project analyzed the interplay between business practices and sustainability on a local scale. We are working with a Missoula business to develop and implement, where possible, a specific sustainable business plan, which is realistic, affordable, and coincides with the goals of the business. We are working closely with the business to analyze current business practices, identify barriers in the environment that may prevent sustainable practices from being implemented, develop a current carbon footprint analysis, and look into local best practices for comparison. We also developed a survey to augment our work that was administered to local business owners to assess their understanding of sustainable business practices. This project requires us to determine what the local business hopes to achieve by working with us and develop a proposal that could implement what they hope to accomplish. As a result, this project will provide a proposal of business practices that equips the local business with ideas on how to implement sustainable practices into their current business practices.

Honors College Research Project

Yes

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