Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of the proposition that if sustainable environmental practices make business sense that there would be no need for government regulation? Can concerned businesses and consumers operating in free market help protect the planet?
  2. Imagine you were asked to serve on a “green team” (see p. 28). What elements would contribute to the success (or lack of it) for this team?
  3. What are the most significant environmental challenges currently facing your college (possible examples might include energy use, waste management, habitat protection, water runoff and erosion, carbon footprint)? Considering that your college does not have surplus financial resources, are there affordable methods to address these challenges?
  4. Do you think environmental performance should be an integral part of executive incentive systems? For example, should the bonuses for top managers of a profitable firm be withheld if the company does not meet a target for reducing its carbon footprint?