Fredonia's Sustainable University

Sustainability- Business’ Perspective April 19, 2010

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Himanshu Narula

Hi, The Topic of my presentation is Business’ perspective on Sustainability. It all begins with businesses, with actual mining of resources conversion into products, release of bi-products as pollution etc. It’s all in the hands of business, so they must be in control of it. That being said, we can now say that the burden of solution to this problem of overutilization of resources and trashing the environment can and must come from the business. Belonging to business community and being actively involved with business for years, I have observed businesses closely. And with my experience it won’t be wrong if I say that businesses can easily and effectively take corrective steps toward a better environment.

There are some good actions being taken in the business community that have positive results on the environment. The world awaits an era where everyone starts these initiatives. In my presentation there are some ideas, some examples that encourage us to find a solution to this problem that ‘Us’ – ‘The Business Community’ has created.

Watch Presentation – Click this and Enjoy my presentation with Sound. Thanks.


W.Edward Stead & Jean Garner Stead. Management for a Small Planet,2nd edition, SAGE Publications, 1996. Print.

Frances Cairncross. Green Inc., Island Press, 1995. Print.


Sustainable Coffee

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Mark Sonner

I chose this topic because coffee is one of my favorite beverages.  Along with many of my peers, I often rely on coffee for late night studying and staying focused in early morning classes.  When I began to research coffee production, my main concern was about the economic welfare of the small-scale farmers.  However, I quickly realized that there are just as many environmental problems too.  Because of this, I broadened my topic to include environmental sustainability.

Being a business administration major here at Fredonia, economics interests me a lot.  It was interesting to learn about a market with such volatility.  I chose to put my project into a PowerPoint because I felt it would be a clear and professional way to engage the audience in ways a written speech could not.  I kept the sentences small and relatively simple.  Along with every slide is a section of notes.  These notes contain the bulk of my research, and are more detailed than the individual slides.

My main concern about coffee production is that it is less recognized of an issue.  Many people, including myself, buy coffee each morning and don’t think about it’s environmental and economic impact.  My main goal was to enlighten the community to hopefully be more conscientious when purchasing coffee in the future.  Whether people take time to read the notes section or not, I feel they can still get a great sense for the issues, both economic and environmental that we face with coffee consumption.  The audience reading this can get a clear understanding on how to contribute in order to make coffee a sustainable product for the future.

Project: Sustainable Coffee PowerPoint


Geographic Journal.   Vol. 174   No. 3 September 2008 pp. 223-234. Context and Contingency: The coffee crisis for conventional small-scale farmers in Brazil.

Globalization.  Vol 5. Issue 2, p. 231-245.  A Niche for Sustainability? Fair Labor and Environmentally Sound Practices in the Specialty Coffee Industry.

Environmental Encyclopedia. 3rd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Shade-grown coffee and cacao. Angela Woodward. Ed. Marci Bortman, Peter Brimblecombe and Mary Ann Cunningham.

Globalization. June 2008, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 247–258.  Linking Consumers to Sustainability: Incorporating Science into Eco-friendly Certification.

CoffeeResearch.org (Marketing)



CoffeeResearch.org (Fair Trade Coffee)