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Vestas and the Indigenous Communities in Oaxaca, Mexico: Clean Energy Gets Messy

Authors: Ramirez, Jacobo; Vester, Tania
Product Type: Cases
Source: Copenhagen Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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Vestas was to start delivering 132 V90-3.0 megawatt (MW) turbines in the second quarter of 2012. The turbines were to be installed in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca, a southern state in Mexico. However, on 17 October 2012, Vestas’s deliveries were put on hold when social organisations and 40 indigenous Zapotec and Huave people held rallies in front of the Danish Embassy in Mexico City...

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Global Social Entrepreneurship

Author: Marquez, Patricia
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: University of San Diego
Publication Year: 2014

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Social entrepreneurship is about how to frame problems and devise sustainable solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges. This course teaches how to combine business and management skills, imagination, passion, and the courage of individuals to effectively tackle social problems.

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BrightSource: Challenges and Prospects for a Concentrated Solar Power Plant

Authors: Schifrin, Debra; Kennedy, Donald
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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The case presents the challenges confronting BrightSource, a company building a commercial-scale concentrated solar power plant in California in 2013: 1) environmentalists wanted to protect a threatened species at the site of the new plant, 2) competing solar power technology had become much cheaper in recent years, and 3) the company had been unable to get investors for its new thermal storage technology, which could be a game changer for the industry.

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Business 494/IES 594: Sustainability Perspectives in Resources and Business

Authors: Yalonis, Chris; Dumyahn, Sarah
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Miami University
Publication Year: 2014

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The course design enables future entrepreneurs and innovation leaders within existing corporate and public agency entities to take advantage of sustainability related opportunities, develop a business plan and provide guidance on how to secure funding and operationalize the plans...

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VermiSoks: One Man's Food Waste Is Another Man's Tomato

Author: Bullough, Amanda
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2013

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The VermiSoks case highlights the entrepreneurial challenges of building a social start-up and the circumstances surrounding a visionary idea that struggled to gain financial traction from private investors and the venture capital community.

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Sustainability at Siemens

Authors: Rangan, V. Kasturi; Edmondson, Amy C.; Beyersdorfer, Daniela; Moloney, Emer
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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This case describes sustainability efforts at Siemens since the arrival of Chief Sustainability Officer, Barbara Kux, in 2008. It also asks students to evaluate the success of those efforts and outline what the company should do going forward…

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Iceland's Energy Policy: Finding the Right Path Forward

Authors: Logadottir, Halla Hrund; Lee, Henry
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
Publication Year: 2013

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Should Iceland develop its green energy resources or should it focus on preserving its natural resources while building up its tourism industry?

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The End of Illth: In Search of an Economy That Won't Kill Us

Author: Reece, Erik
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harper’s Magazine
Publication Year: 2013

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In the wake of the 2010 Massey mining disaster in West Virginia, the author asks whether employee ownership could improve workplace safety, and how such cooperatives might serve as a model for an alternative form of capitalism based on the sustainable use of natural and human resources.

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The Electric Automotive Industry in 2013

Authors: Bhandari, Rishabh; Martins, Alexandre; Meyer, Yves; Beiker, Sven A.; Burgelman, Robert A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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This case provides a comprehensive update of the global electric vehicle industry, comprising vehicle manufacturers, battery suppliers, and charge providers. The case also summarizes governmental policies, incentives, and mandates in different regions, especially including the U.S., China, Japan, and Europe.

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Business and Environment Initiative (BEI)

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Product Type: Web Sites
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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The mission of the Business and Environment Initiative is to deepen business leaders' understanding of today's environmental challenges and to assist them in developing effective solutions. We aspire to help leaders think clearly about the design of economic and political institutions that enable firms and societies to thrive while maintaining the physical and biological systems on which they ultimately depend.

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