What Companies Are Doing to Support Sustainability Choose ONE COMPANY SPECIFIALLY BY NAME to research on how that company is taking steps to redesign their product/packaging (Design for Environment), using/generating renewable energy, recycling their raw material waste, recycling their consumer packaging, logistics improvements, and other lifecycle green concepts.
There are many companies moving toward green engineering and some even advertise their efforts on TV. You may use the library, the web, or any other source for your data. Gather as much information on your topic for that company as you can. Be inventive, find out details other than using hyped up sales brochures seen on most company websites.
Include in your report and presentation where applicable: • Company of focus • A brief overview of their products and company history • Describe what they are doing to support the sustainability effort • Describe why they are doing it • Cite any laws, international agreements, protocols, EPA recommendations, even their own company created policy. (note that some companies go above and beyond EPA standards) • How their effort effects humanity and the environment • Economic cost benefit analysis • Charts, graphs, video are encouraged • At least 3 sources of information as footnotes or separate bibliography • As a conclusion of your report, state your opinion(s) as a team whether this company is using the right (or wrong) approach and should other companies start adopting their methods?
The project requires a finished written report. The written report will be double spaced, font size=12, can include graphics (remember to cite the source). Follow the report structure outlined at the bottom of this handout. Submit the MS Word file to the Research Project Assignment tab under the “Assignments” tab from the course home page Research Project Report Guidelines Team project reports will be written up as described below and submitted to Turnitin prior to the scheduled due date class period. These reports will be typed in Word and points will be subtracted for sloppy work as well as grammatical errors and spelling and most importantly plagiarism (If you do not know what this means – look it up). All text should be Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced. All reports should have the following key parts/sections: Introduction – This section should give the reader a basic understanding of the research done including a purpose statement of problem leading into the rest of the paper. (1 page or less) Body – This section should include your complete write up. The requirements outlined in the Term Project assignment should be included here. Innovative thought and beyond the normal investigation and conclusions will improve your grade. All graphs, charts, or images should also be in this section. (Maximum of 6 pages) Conclusion – Include a conclusion statement regarding your team opinions on the usefulness of the research and its possible future with humankind and sustainability. (1 page or less) Bibliography or References – List your source information here.