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BTFI Online Library

Aside from contributing to environmental development projects in targeted communities, BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ will also invest in the formulation of an online library. The online library will include a collection of resources about good environmental practices that will benefit people from around the globe. Contents of the online library include electronic books and journal articles. It is important to build a library of resources as reference points for individuals or organizations that would need guidance about projects and actions to address environmental issues. The online library will also provide information for those who are interested in learning more about the environment and environmental issues.

Developing an online library, is a scientific project that could benefit the proposed environmental service business in addressing environmental issues, raising awareness and spreading information about these problems. These are significant solutions to mobilizing people and communities to engage to resolve them. Building an online library could be one of the ways to raise awareness and spread information about environmental issues. Another advantage of building an online library is that information would be reliable as the contents would glean from industry reports and other reputable sources. The proposed environmental service business could also sponsor research studies aimed towards the exploration and understanding of environmental issues and phenomena.

BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ could also sponsor research studies to build its reputation. The goal is that the organization will invest in research studies and data mining, it would be able to prioritize important issues that aligned with its goals and objectives. Part of research could include the feasibility of its proposed plans and programs. The organization may then build its online library by sponsoring research projects or purchasing research studies conducted by independent researchers and scholars. This is a way for the organization to improve its image and reputation by providing information or knowledge about environmental issues, solutions, and practices.

Sustainable Environmental Act (SEA) ®

Good businesses are those that comply with existing laws, standards, and guidelines. For businesses to operate, they should meet these existing standards. Various organizations assess the programs of business prior to granting these businesses licenses or permits to operate. If businesses fail to comply with laws and standards, they could be penalized, limited by restrictions on operations, or worse, shut down or closed. To comply with the Sustainable Environmental Act, BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ anticipates creating Codes of Conduct based on the laws and policies encapsulated in the Act. In this way, the organization would be able to set rules in the workplace environment that complies with the laws and policies in the Act.

Eco-business Award®

One of the measures of the success of environmental service businesses is the quality of their programs. Companies that succeed in efficiently addressing ecological programs, often on a larger scale, win awards, including the Eco-Business Award. National and international award-giving bodies observe and assess the practices and operations of businesses yearly. Assessment of business practices and operations is based on ecological standards that define the impact of businesses on the environment and the efficiency of the business in addressing ecological issues, among others.

Earning an Eco-Business Award® for an organization is essential because it improves its image or reputation in the environmental service landscape. With a positive image and reputation, the business would more likely draw support from potential donors and business partners, and local or international communities and organizations that share the same goals and objectives. Accomplishing this goal, however, would take time. BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ will not be able to gain awards immediately because award giving bodies would need to deliver their proposed plans and accomplish projects to prove that it deserves an Eco-Business Award. The organization also needs to show that its practices and operations bring about the significant positive impact on the environment or that the organization has developed innovative means to address various environmental issues. For the organization to succeed and to gain supporters, it needs to work towards the goal of achieving an Eco-Business Award®. BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ should glean information about the standards and guidelines to accomplish and Eco-Business Award and create projects that would meet them.

Requirements to receive an Eco-Business Award® include the following:
Requirements for Achieving Awards in Ecological Consciousness, Activity, and Sustainability
• An experienced and knowledgeable management team that is aware of environmental issues
• Practices and operations that are environmentally sustainable
• Products that aim to address environmental issues and problems
• Promising customer feedback
• Adequate revenue to create and accomplish environmental projects
• Milestones of achievements and consistency in fulfilling projects for three years or more
• Use of energy efficient facilities and instruments in the workplace
• Actively engaged in spreading awareness about environmental issues

Funds to create ecological businesses

Ecological businesses are those that develop or implement practices and operations for environmental development or to address existing environmental problems. Examples of ecological business include facilities that collect plastic and other non-biodegradable materials for recycling, or those that filter water to produce clean and safe drinking water. BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ is an ecological business because it aims to contribute to environmental development and preservation. BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ however, needs resources to accomplish its proposed projects. Drawing interest in projects such as fund raisers and asking for donation are complex tasks that necessitate strategic planning. For people or organizations to contribute funds or donate, they must, first and foremost, care about the goals or objectives of ecological businesses. Hence, the business must have established clear mission, vision, philosophies, and objectives that do not merely address environmental issues or situations but are also socially relevant. The relevance of the business’ goals and the causes that the organization supports are important factors that influence the behavior of potential donors and business partners towards the ecological business. For this reason, fund raising activities and events must be tied not only to the ultimate goals and objectives of the business but also to relevant issues that necessitate action. The importance of raising funds and donating for the proposed plan is justified by the severity of the problem, the impact of the problem on the environment and communities, and the need for immediate response.
Fundraising could be in the form of direct solicitation from potential donors through letters or face to face meetings and discussion. Through these strategies, the organization may be able to introduce its projects to potential donors and ask if they would be able to provide funding. One strategy to accomplish this objective, is to approach individual or group donors that share the same values as the organization. For example, environmental activists, philanthropists that support environmental causes, and other public and private agencies with similar practices and operations. Other fundraising projects include activities such as charity galas or dinners, contests, marathons, and other promotions where participants would pay for small fees to join events.

Global Citizenship Program (GCP) ®

Global citizenship refers to actions that reflect unity or camaraderie with the world community. As a global citizen, an individual identifies himself as a citizen of the world instead of a citizen of their country (McIntyre, 2003; Schattle, 2008). As a global citizen, one becomes concerned and involved with various issues that affect global communities. Developing a global citizenship program is important in engaging local and international populations. The most successful organizations are those with widespread reach and influence locally and internationally. Such is the goal of a Global Citizenship Program – for the group to become a force in mobilizing people around the world to engage in environmental programs and plans to promote sustainability and address ecological issues and problems. The real essence of global citizenship is to encourage the willingness of people around the world in participating in initiatives that resolve environmental issues (Shallcross & Robinson, 2006).

BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ will be looking for people locally and internationally to engage in helping Haitian and American communities. The organization needs volunteers to participate in the mission and assist in restoring forests and agricultural lands in Haiti, and engaging in zero waste management practices, and cleaning up wells and water sources in the US. Global citizens involved in these projects will also work on obtaining water samples in some communities in the US and installing filtration systems to bring clean and safe drinking water to American communities. People who would be joining the mission will not only gain considerable experience and apply their knowledge and skills, but also achieve a sense of fulfillment in helping other people who are in need as global citizens. Interested individuals may sign up as volunteers or to free positions in the organization. The team will be looking for social workers, engineers, and builders to help it realize its mission.

Developing a global citizenship program is crucial for potential business partners because the organization’s goal to expand or widen its reach signals the possible following for the enterprise. Within this context, donors and business partners would view their contributions to the organization in terms or return of investment. Hence, they would be willing to invest in the proposed business because they know that the group plans to establish a large following for its business. Furthermore, a global citizenship program is a good way for the team to gather resources. By encouraging and motivating people around the world to take part in the organization’s plan, it would lead to greater environmental success. For example, helping the organization realize its goals whether it is by providing funding, contributing their knowledge through research, or by offering their skills and capabilities through volunteerism or by applying for positions in the organization.

Through the global citizenship program, the organization would also be able to build a network around the world. In the coming years, the organization may determine locations around the world where people are engaged and support the organization. Information about this is important in determining areas for expansion and in using networks to conduct research about areas or regions around the world that need attention in terms of environmental solutions. This would allow the organization to expand its services and extend help to communities that are in need of protection or resources for survival.

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Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) ®

EAP® refers to a road map or a blueprint that should guide the decisions of leaders, employees, and stakeholders towards accomplishing the goals and objectives. It is crucial to support ecological causes or contribute to environmental sustainability. The EAP® includes all aspects of the organization’s planned or intended action to address different environmental issues. The EAP® also includes various aspects of an environmental movement. Other aspects are management strategies, practices, the actual plans to improve sustainability. The kinds of resources needed to accomplish the goals and objectives of the program, and the organization’s contributions to education to raise awareness about environmental issues, and policy development (Mahidhara, 2002).

Developing and implementing an EAP® plays a significant role in developing, building, and maintaining the quality of business services. The environmental assessment is part of managing BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ practices through the evaluation of environmental issues or conditions that the organization would be able to address. Within the context of management, conducting EAP is important in determining the impact of the business on conditions in the environment and issues (Friedman, 2003). Environmental service industries such as BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ may conduct EAP’s to test their practices and operations and determine if these would significantly impact the environment and bring about positive outcomes. For BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ the EAP® will reveal how its projects will change targeted communities. The report will include a summary of the organization’s proposed projects.
In practice, the EAP® is an essential tool that enables organizations to monitor conditions and situations in the environment. It is necessary for the proposed organization to conduct an assessment. This facilitates a focus of its efforts on the particular problem, the degradation of natural and environmental resources in our communities and the lack of clean and safe drinking water. The EAP® will highlight the needs of communities and the factors that contribute to environmental degradation, deforestation, poor waste management, and lack of access to clean water. Through monitoring and assessment, the organization would be able to determine what information can be provided to offer solutions. Conducting an environmental assessment is crucial. This helps to align the objectives and practices of the organization to environmental problems because the organization would be able to identify these issues through evaluation and then adjust its practices or develops new methods so that it would be able to address them through their practices and operations.

The proposed organization will release an EAP® that includes its roadmap to environmental restoration through the Hug a Tree program in Haiti and zero waste management and bringing clean water to communities in the US. The following includes aspects of the roadmap, or the milestones that the organization wishes to accomplish.
• Clarify the organization’s mission and vision of environmental restoration in Haiti, zero waste management, and bringing clean and safe drinking waters in the US.
• Set objectives including target budget for the organization’s short term and long term projects.
• Meet the target budget for the projects.
• Carry out short term and long term projects by building partnerships with local and international agencies, and hiring people to realize the project on site.
An example of an EAP® that may guide BIOTECH FOUNDATION, INC. ™ EAP® aligns with the European Union’s (EU) four priority areas. These include climate change, the protection of nature and biodiversity, health and environment, sustainability, and waste management (House of Commons, 2004). EU is doing its part as a global citizen because its EAP® includes different segments of the environment that need attention. EU’s EAP® illustrates the importance of diversifying by focusing on adopting a holistic approach to environmental planning and management.

 

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Onsite Environmental Workshops

Aside from hosting online environmental workshops, the organization will also conduct onsite workshops. The onsite environmental workshop will include a series of talks where key resource persons will discuss various global environmental issues, environmental degradation, and deforestation, waste management, and the lack of clean and safe drinking water. The workshops will not only cover the problems in Haiti and the US but also in other countries. The workshops will highlight the role of some governments and corporations. The onsite workshops are most beneficial in gathering an audience and expert or resources persons to discuss environmental issues and underscore the importance of environmental sustainability. The workshops will play a significant role in influencing the audience to do their part. Consequently, global citizenship approach may cause individuals to involve in changing their lifestyle or daily activities. This is achievable by adopting new practices, conducting and contributing to existing research, volunteering for the organization, or donating funds to the organization among others.

Online Environmental Workshops

The purpose of conducting online workshops is to extend the coverage of the workshop to reach those who would not be able to attend the onsite workshop but are still interested in the event. Aside from extending or widening access to the business’ environmental workshop, conducting online environmental workshops will help the company promote its agenda and services in cyberspace. Doing so would be beneficial to our community because of the broad reach and network of the Internet, particularly through social media. The advantage of online environmental workshops is that users would be able to participate during their desired time or time of availability and selected location. Since another goal is to attract donors and business partners, BioTech Foundation, Inc. ™ may ask for a small fee from subscribers who would be participating in the workshops. In this way, the organization may raise funds for providing information and resources to users.

The proposed online environmental workshops will introduce the issues faced people from around the globe. The workshop will be a four-part series that tackles global environmental problems, environmental degradation, deforestation, waste management issues, lack of clean and safe drinking water, and the role of people as global citizens in helping to resolve the foregoing environmental problems. Since participants will engage in the workshop online, they have the option to access a live streaming of the onsite workshop or to participate in the guided workshop where they will explore online content by themselves. The online workshop will introduce environmental issues and provide data about the severity of the problem. Furthermore, the workshop will also shed light on the role of individuals as global citizens and the government in solving environmental problems.

The final series of the online workshop will include a discussion of what the organization aims to accomplish. With sufficient funding, the organization would be able to meet its target of providing sustainable resources to the engaging participants. This includes restoring natural resources in targeted area in the globe, particularly forests and agricultural lands, promote zero waste management, and bring clean and safe water to targeted communities. The types of media online resources include videos, articles, research studies, and think pieces about environmental issues that educate users about environmental matters or influence them to take part and contribute to the organization’s causes.

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