Why it Matters? Empowering Students to Think and Latter to Act Green as Entrepreneurs or Intrapreneurs

Posted: 4 Nov 2015

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Professor Alain Ndedi

YENEPAD; ISTG-AC; Saint Monica University; University of Johannesburg; University of Pretoria

Paulin Mbecke Za-mulamba


Date Written: November 3, 2015


Environmental degradation is one of the most prominent global issues of the 21st century. Academics, policymakers, nongovernmental agencies (NGO) and governments are all concerned about the increasing levels of land degradation, soil erosion, deforestation, and industrial toxins (Volery, 2002; McEwen, 2013). Furthermore, there are very serious concerns about the negative consequences of ozone depletion, climate change, nuclear radiation, and the destruction of biodiversity (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2007; United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), 2004, World Resources Institute, 2004). The looming of the RIO 23 in France also known as COP 21 has prompted many academics, scholars and decision makers to propose ideas on going green. Given the present environmental problems facing the world, it is clear that past strategies used to address these challenges have failed to prevent environmental degradation. It is imperative to pay attention to the role that future entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs (corporate entrepreneurs) can play in solving global environmental issues. Scholars agree that entrepreneurs of all sorts can help preserve our ecosystems, counteract climate change, improve fresh water supply, maintain biodiversity, trash and climate Change, waste reduction unit: activities on solid and hazardous waste, landfill and combustion unit: environment activities for the classroom and reduce environmental degradation and deforestation (Cohen and Winn, 2007; Dean and McMullen, 2007; Ndedi, 2011; McEwen, 2013). Few researches have been said on the role of students regarding environment management. This paper is filling the gap in terms of what has been done internationally to educate learners on ways to be green sooner or later as entrepreneurs or corporate entrepreneurs.

The current paper reviews some practical examples of ‘going green’ at school that could be duplicated in various countries around the world. The paper recommends that teachers must instill to their learners the ‘three Rs’ that stand for Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. But, knowing these concepts is not enough; they must be put into action. Teachers must teach to their students how to be greener either as entrepreneur or corporate entrepreneur and help the environment with few simple lifestyle changes. Students must be trained to show their creativity and think like engineers as they design products or services that can be used to improve environmental problems in their respective communities. While being aware of the steps of the engineering design process, students must be challenged to consider all aspects of their products/services, including their costs, and impacts on the environment and people in their communities.

The paper gives a roadmap on how to efficient and effectively support students to go green as entrepreneurs or corporate entrepreneurs.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Education, Environment

JEL Classification: M13, Q26, Q23

Suggested Citation

Ndedi, Alain Aime and Mbecke Za-mulamba, Paulin, Why it Matters? Empowering Students to Think and Latter to Act Green as Entrepreneurs or Intrapreneurs (November 3, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2685770

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