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Business students and the environment

TitleBusiness students and the environment
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsLawrence, J.
Keywordsstudent engagement
Abstract

This study was conducted for a second year Environment and Resource Studies undergraduate course entitled “Greening the Campus”. In addition, this project was part of Watgreen, a program that used the campus as a laboratory in order to study environmental concerns on a local scale. This study shifts focus away from the University of Waterloo campus to that of Wilfrid Laurier University. The purpose of this project is to analyze the attitudes and knowledge that Honours Business Administration students have with respect to the environment. The goal is to determine whether or not environmental education needs to be, or is desired to be, incorporated into the Honours Business Administration program. Through further work in the course ERS 390, my ultimate goal is to present the findings of this study to the Dean of Business at Wilfrid Laurier University in order to encourage him to incorporate environmental education into the Honours Business Administration program. One hundred and seventy-seven surveys were completed by third year Honors Business Administration students over a two week period. The data collected indicated that the majority of the Honours Business Administration students at Wilfrid Laurier University would not oppose the introduction of a mandatory environmental course into their program. It was also discovered that approximately 96% of the students believe that the corporate world has some responsibility for the state of the environment. Forty-three percent responded that they would have considered taking a joint honours between Honours Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University and Environment and resource Studies at the University of Waterloo, if it had been offered upon enrollment. As a result of this information, I recommend that environmental education be incorporated into the Honours Business Administration program at Wilfrid Laurier University… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca