Sustainable Business and Industry: Designing and Operating for Social and Environmental Responsibility

Sustainable Business and Industry: Designing and Operating for Social and Environmental Responsibility

by Joseph Jacobsen

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Sustainable Business and Industry: Designing and Operating for Social and Environmental Responsibility by Joseph Jacobsen

This book is an introduction to developing and implementing a successful program in the domain of sustainability and social responsibility. The reader is exposed to financially, environmentally, and socially responsible objectives that are supported by strategies and achieved by clear tactics that have measurable outcomes.

The reader is introduced to methods of implementing technologies and practices, and will also learn how to measure the consequent social and environmental performance for written reports and persuasive presentations. This book also reveals why we should be sustainable by explaining seemingly complex scientific topics in a way that requires very little math or science background. The overview also captures how sustainability and social responsibility can be the source of process and product innovation.

This book’s approach is practical yet scientific. The nine chapters are dedicated to the practice of environmental and social responsibility in ways that achieve financial stability over the long run. As a result, these chapters help us understand not just why businesses need to be more responsible but how businesses can be more successful over the long run.

International standards are given full treatment. ISO 26000 is given detailed attention, slightly more than ISO 9000 or ISO 14000, because it melds guidance on both environmental and social responsibility into one general concept of social responsibility. This book also specifies how to use traditional methods such as Six Sigma, lean, and operations research to improve processes, reduce resource use and waste, and make better social and environmental decisions that are based upon data from key financial, social, and environmental performance indicators. Internal and external data sourcing are given full treatment along with basic statistical data management. A recurring theme throughout the book is the integration of traditional methods of continuous improvement applied to social and environmental data.

The appendices are important for those who wish to review or learn more about the fundamentals of statistics and energy, two areas that contribute to long-run intelligent decisions. A survey has been included in another appendix to introduce a variety of ideas about measuring or auditing the social side of sustainability in organizations.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012623522
Publisher: ASQ Quality Press
Publication date: 02/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 989,954
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr. Joseph Jacobsen is the associate dean of environmental studies and also serves as director of the Energy Efficiency and Advanced Manufacturing Center (ECAM) at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He is responsible for development of faculty, courses, and programs in the areas of sustainability and the green economy. Dr. Jacobsen developed the first degree in sustainable facilities operations that includes studies in LEED buildings, energy auditing, and commissioning and is currently expanding coursework in power engineering, advanced energy engineering technology, and water quality technology. He also developed two areas of certification in photovoltaic and wind energy and is currently working on a new degree in quality engineering technology with courses in green manufacturing, sustaining success in operations management, and reverse logistics. Before becoming an educational administrator in 2007, Dr. Jacobsen was the operations manager for the City of Milwaukee, where he was the chair of the diversity committee and the intake advisor for the EEOC. Additionally, he was responsible for staff development, programs and budgets, green building initiatives, USGBC partnership, project management, technology implementation and integration of digital systems, site development for public demonstration and academic advantage of energy technologies, intergovernmental and private/public partnering, funding and economic outcome analysis, and management of O&M staff and activities. Dr. Jacobsen has taught at the two-year, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Concordia University Wisconsin’s Graduate School, as well as the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and the American Society for Quality, where he teaches decision sciences, managerial economics, and sustainable business. He received his interdisciplinary PhD from Marquette University in applications of nonlinear dynamics.

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