2009 Spring Syllabus

2009 Spring Syllabus - The First BESR Community Forum...

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The First BESR Community Forum: Sustainability Meets Entrepreneurship Course Syllabus Spring 2009 5120 Grainger Hall Envir St 900, Sem 5 Gen Bus 765, Lect 1 BSE 900, Lect 2 Alternating Fridays, noon – 1:15 pm Tom Eggert, Esq. [email protected] 267-2761  5277 Grainger Hall This program is part of the Wiscontrepreneur Initiative,  made possible in part by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman  Foundation  and administered by the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations.  Additional support is provided by the MGE Foundation.
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Objectives: This course is for students and community members to learn from experts in the field and from each other. Over the course of 6 class meetings, we will hear from practioners and experts in the area of cleantech, alternative energy and the development of green jobs. We will hear about trends, flows of money and future opportunities. We will hear how concepts of sustainability (or sustainable development) have been operationalized in the cleantech world. In short, this is a course about taking the idea of sustainability into the real world. Sustainability (or sustainable development – I use the terms interchangeably) refers to balancing economic progress with environmental care and concern for the community. For many, this means efficiently using tax dollars while minimizing the environmental impact of operations and contributing to social development. Increasingly, sustainable development is being recognized as a driver of innovation and value creation in the private sector and through this class, we hope to convince you this is true for innovative cleantech companies and other startups. Without the involvement of small business and very small business in reshaping how we think about our individual and collective responsibility to the earth and future generations, our chances of successfully navigating the very
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