Valuing Sustainable Change: a case study of the integration of sustainable business practices in a small-scale juice bar

dc.contributor.advisorDhillon, Carla May
dc.contributor.authorReese, Kaitlin
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-04T16:00:54Z
dc.date.available2020-08-04T16:00:54Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.description.abstractWhile sustainable business development is one viable approach for mitigating environmental crises, there are many questions of how realistic this approach is and whether or not sustainable development is a substantial enough solution. One of the obstacles that the success of sustainable development faces is getting businesses to adopt and invest in sustainable practices. This paper examines how businesses can become more sustainable and how the effect of these changes can be measured. A comparative study of the existing certifications surrounding sustainable practices in businesses highlights the variety between the certifications, the intensity of the certification processes, and other details such as associated fees. The knowledge gained from our review of certification systems was applied to the case study of a small-scale juice bar, The Juice Laundry, which has taken steps towards integrating sustainable practices into their business model. Investigating the extent of The Juice Laundry's sustainable choices, as well as the way that they communicate their values and practices to consumers, revealed that the company is very transparent about their business model but does not typically produce data that explains the positive impact of their practices. Further research is warranted on how sustainable business endeavors collect and distribute information to consumers.
dc.description.sponsorshipBi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Department of Environmental Studies
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10066/22608
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.subject.lcshSustainable development -- Virginia -- Charlottesville
dc.subject.lcshBusiness enterprises -- Environmental aspects -- Virginia -- Charlottesville
dc.titleValuing Sustainable Change: a case study of the integration of sustainable business practices in a small-scale juice bar
dc.typeThesis
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