Funded Mini-Grant Proposals
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Linda Gasser, Business Administration - Ithaca College (2010-11)
Proposal: School of Business sustainability resource library
Outcome: Dr. Glasser proposes to continue to research and collate a school-wide library of information and resources (e.g. books, articles, Ithaca-area experts and organizations, videos, internet links, professional contacts) to enhance faculty efforts to educate students about sustainable business practices. Dr Glasser further proposes to fill resource gaps in certain business disciplines (accounting and law), organize the material in order to facilitate search/access by discipline and medium (video, articles, case studies, books, contacts, etc), design a means to make the material accessible online, and create a training workshop for faculty on why and how to use these sustainable enterprise resources.
Stephanie Greenwood, EcoVillage at Ithaca (2005-06)
Proposal: Feasibility Study of Willow as an Agronomic Crop for EcoVillage at Ithaca
Outcome: To engage students in the business school at Ithaca College in carrying out a feasibility study as to the viability of willow production as a sustainable enterprise for Ecovillage. This would provide the opportunity to look at a potential sustainable enterprise from all aspects: assess sustainability potential and demand, learn production requirements and techniques, examine sales potential, and propose a marketing strategy. There would be field trips to see willow in production, willow being utilized in various ways that may be applicable to EVI. IC faculty contact and course: Granger Macy, “Entrepreneurship”
David Saiia, Department of Business Administration - Ithaca College (2005-06)
Proposal: Sustainable Micro-enterprise: Interdisciplinary Experiential Field Project in Ecuador.
Outcome: This project created an intensive summer abroad program in Ecuador focused on experiential problem-solving involving sustainably designed micro-enterprises that have been partially established as part of the sustainable development strategy of Fundacion Maquipucuna to help create ecological corridors in Ecuador.
Dan Roth, EcoVillage at Ithaca (2005-06)
Proposal: Student-Led Sustainable Enterprise: The Car-Share Project.
Outcome: Students, in collaboration with community members, developed responsible micro-enterprises that meet local needs through involvement in scenario planning, market research, project development and implementation. IC faculty contact and course: David Saiia, "Ithaca Seminar: Sustaining Our Worlds", all-college first year seminars focused on sustainability.
David Saiia, Department of Business Administration - Ithaca College (2004-05)
Proposal: To develop a case study "Maquipucuna: de la mano con naturaleza". Research materials will provide content for course material on sustainability.
Outcome: This case highlighted the link between the structure of the organization and its ability to achieve some of its sustainable strategic objectives, including support from the World Bank's Global Environmental Fund. This case has been used in two semesters of my Strategic Management course (our capstone course for all business students) reaching approximately 135 students. Not only were the students required to read the case but they also had to make connections between sustainability and strategy in an organizational context.