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dc.contributorVirginia Tech
dc.contributor.authorFogarty, Frank
dc.contributor.authorVillamagna, Amy
dc.contributor.authorWhitley, Allen
dc.contributor.authorPippins, Kelly
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-15T14:16:38Z
dc.date.available2014-01-15T14:16:38Z
dc.date.issued2013-06-06
dc.identifier.citationFogarty, Frank; Villamagna, Amy; Whitley, Allen; Pippins, Kelly. 2013. "The Capacity to Endure: Following Nature's Lead." Sustainability 2013, 5(6), 2480-2494; doi:10.3390/su5062480.
dc.identifier.issn2071-1050
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/24862
dc.description.abstractMany businesses today are striving to improve their environmental sustainability for a variety of reasons, ranging from consumer demand for greener products to potential cost-savings. For many business decision-makers who lack formal environmental training, the process of identifying facets of their organization that can be improved is unclear and challenging. Inspired by the fields of biomimicry, industrial ecology and organizational ecology, this paper draws on the inherent capacity to endure (CTE) of the natural world and recognizes that ecosystem function can be used as a technical advisor to guide business sustainability. We identified major attributes of ecosystems that both contribute to their CTE and can be easily translated into applications for the business world. Each of these attributes (fitness, functional redundancy, keystone species, waste and efficiency) and their applications are discussed at length. While further work is needed to evaluate their effectiveness and appropriateness for individual firms, we hope they can serve as a starting point for businesses seeking to improve their environmental sustainability.
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectsustainability
dc.subjectecosystem attributes
dc.subjectsustainable business
dc.titleThe Capacity to Endure: Following Nature’s Leaden_US
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.urlhttp://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/5/6/2480
dc.date.accessed2014-01-06
dc.title.serialSustainability
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3390/su5062480
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