Project #71013 - Business Paper

"When all the land is destroyed, and all the fish are dead, then will the white man learn that he can't eat money" (Native American)

READ the following:

“Our wasteful society, and our lust for more and more growth and consumption, is unsustainable and will inevitably collapse due to resource depletion and degradation. Exponential growth cannot continue forever, at some point we will overshoot sustainable limits. Shortages of oil, clean water and air, topsoil for growing crops, and other resources will intersect with rapid world population growth, rapid industrialization of China and India, and global warming."

To help create a sustainable future for the planet, this course provides an opportunity to make a business plan for a business that can help solve these environmental problems. Fortunately, green businesses are also the hottest growth business opportunities. 

There is tremendous potential for businesses focused on recycling, alternative energy, organic food, and other sustainable areas. 

Natural Capital provides life-supporting services that have no substitutes and currently have no market value. Natural Capital is being rapidly destroyed due to: (1) misconceived business systems, (2) rapid population growth, and (3) wasteful patterns of consumption” (Hawken, P., Lovins, A., & Lovins, L.H., 2000). 

Entrepreneurs are people who see where things are going and get there first. Current trends leading to degradation and depletion of our natural resources provides smart entrepreneurs an opportunity to become wealthy creating businesses to capitalize the coming age of scarce and expensive resources. 

Answer and Create the following:
  • For this project, imagine energy, food, and other resources becoming more scarce or expensive.
  • Brainstorm a small business you could start in Florida that would prosper in this situation while helping to make a real positive impact on the natural environment.
  • Describe a business that would have a positive contribution to Florida's environment.
  • Describe how the business will impact Florida's economy without damaging the environment.
  • Explain four major shifts in business practices that you recommend using to implement natural capitalism for profit.
  • Explain how businesses dramatically increase the productivity of natural resources. 
Examples of Ecopreneurship Opportunities:
  • Alternative energy (fuel cells, solar, wind, biomass)
  • Energy conservation
  • Resource-efficient products
  • Environmental management
  • Recycling
  • Chemical free, non-toxic living (products, services, education)
  • Alternative transportation
  • Alternative and preventative healthcare
  • Green building & industrial goods
  • Ecological home and office products
  • Organic/recycled fiber products
  • Environmentally friendly appliances
  • Resource conservation (water – zeroscaping, grey water, cisterns)
  • Alternative health care (products, services)
  • Low technology solutions (human or animal powered, etc)
  • Natural/ organic food agriculture, manufacturing/ processing, foodservice, retailing.
  • Sustainable fisheries (tilapia farm?)
  • Any business that produces locally to replace having to import from long distances
  • Eco-tourism and travel
  • Second hand or consignment shops
  • Business that rents things that people normally purchase
  • Business that repairs things so people can keep them longer
  • Bike shop
  • Businesses that help people grow their own food or otherwise live more sustainable lives.
Guidelines:
The paper will be a minimum 8-10 pages with citations, and a reference page using the current APA structure and format. Ten academic references are required.

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/22/2015 12:00 am
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