The Many Benefits of Healthier Building Design

The Many Benefits of Healthier Building Design

December 9, 2020

The pandemic has stimulated corporate interest in redesigning workspaces with better air filtration systems and more sustainable materials.

The concept of bringing the health benefits of the outdoors to an inside environment is called “biophilic design”.  Benefits include lower energy costs, healthier workplaces for employees, and overall improved office productivity.


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This post is based on the CNBC article, Bringing the outside into the office: Coronavirus bolsters push towards healthier building design, by Emma Newburger, October 17, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: iurii/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1. Describe how the servicescape features from the article influence work productivity.

Guidance: Students should be able to identify examples from the article about the calming impact of water features, how sounds and lighting influence worker mood, clear air and water availability, etc.  A servicescape should create an office environment to help influence the behaviors that will Continue reading

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California Bans Gas-Powered Cars

California Bans Gas-Powered Cars

November 2, 2020

California has set 2035 as the deadline for requiring all new automobiles to be zero-emission.

This move will eliminate new gasoline powered vehicles from being sold in California.  Existing gasoline powered cars could still be owned and sold.  The ban will also include medium and heavy-duty trucks by 2045 where feasible.

The measure is estimated to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions by 35%.  California’s Governor encouraged other states to join their ban for the good of the environment.  At the moment, over 15 countries already have similar commitments in place.  Additionally, California will not issue new permits for fracking as part of their commitment to the environment.


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This post is based on the Rapid City Journal article, California Moves to End Sales Of New Gas-Powered Cars, by Adam Beam, September 23, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Prachaya Roekdeethaweesab/Shutterstock

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1. What industries will be impacted by the ban?

Guidance: This ban could potentially have a negative impact on automobile manufacturers, and gasoline production and distribution. Continue reading

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Reducing Emissions From Burps to Burgers

Reducing Emissions From Burps to Burgers

October 5, 2020

Fifty years ago, the Economist Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman wrote an article in the New York Times Magazine in which he stated that organizations cannot have “social responsibility”; only individuals can.  The role of a private corporation is to maximize shareholder value while acting ethically and within legal constraints.

Today, business leaders increasingly have a larger viewpoint of their responsibilities, referring to “stakeholders”, which includes customers, suppliers, employees and communities in which they operate.  On occasion, the sometimes disparate goals overlap, and a company can do good while also serving shareholder interests.  The use of Agolin as a natural feed additive represents one such example.

Livestock represent a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, at 14.5% of global emissions (2/3 from cattle).  With the U.S. representing the world’s largest beef consumer, American cattle herds’ burping and flatulence represent a big share of pollution.

Agolin is a natural feed additive that inhibits animal gas and may increase production.  Already demonstrated with growing use in Europe, American farmers are just starting to experiment with the new feed as new competitors enter a market poised to reach $1 – 2+ billion by 2030 (or faster by other estimates). Continue reading

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