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Thank you... Ok here is my essay. I really need the help!!!! Is your dollar spent with a company that cares? In the past ten years, environmental responsibility has almost become a selling point for products and services. Relentless campaigns, star power support, and politicians have illustrated the desperate need for awareness and conservation that going “green” has almost become glamorous! It’s important not only as individuals to lead the way and promote environmental responsibility but even more important for companies to do so. Today more so than ever we have to be aware of what we are buying, using, and supporting. As consumers we need to support companies and organizations that are doing the right thing, have a strong, responsible minded vision, and who are leading the way for other companies to follow suite. Three organizations will be discussed that have effectively incorporated environmental responsibility through a clear vision and perfect execution of leadership. We will ask how are they being responsible, what was their vision and how are they leading the way? We will look at Disney, Patagonia and Edible School Yard. Each of these companies had a vision and was able to put those visions into reality. Not only have they done the right thing but have also led the way for other companies to follow in their philanthropic footsteps. The first Company that exhibits environmental responsibility is located right here in sunny Florida. Walt Disney World from the very beginning has incorporated conservation and environmental messages in their brand. Environmental stewardship has been a component of the Walt Disney brand as far back as the earliest Disney films and Disney parks. In the 1960s, the company set aside nearly one-third of The Walt Disney World Resort property in Florida has a dedicated wildlife conservation area in perpetuity. Disney coined the term Environmentality in 1990 to represent an environmental way of thinking about things big and small throughout the company. (http://corporate.disney.go.com/citizenship/environment.html) Most recently Disney has left their grounds and has entered our homes through television and educational contest that promotes environmentally forward thinking in the classrooms. A class room in Louisiana just won Disney’s Planet Challenge Elementary Environmental Competition. This is a contest that "Disney's Planet Challenge is the in-school program for Disney's Friends for Change, a multi-platform initiative which focuses on inspiring kids and families around the world to take simple steps to help the planet and their communities.” (Dray, 2011) Last year when we where visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, we decided to visit Animal Kingdom. I was so blown away by the messages each exhibit had to offer. It felt more like a learning/ educational trip than being at a theme park. It was exciting and I remember leaving there with more awareness and understanding of the sensitivity of Mother Earth. When the Exotic and Endangered bird show ended, the performer said; “Remember we did not inherit this planet from our parents. We are merely borrowing it from our children.” (Ancient Keynan Proverb) I looked around and parents full of smiles nodded in agreement with this strong statement. Walt Disney World taught me and my family what we could take from this experience and implement at home to make a difference in our environment. Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World has 9.6 million visitors a year. (Visit Orlando) This means one company has the opportunity to connect and emphazies the importance of the environment to millions of people. This is an unbelievable responsibility that Walt Disney Corporation doesn’t take lightly. Through the years, Disney has launched a variety of resource conservation initiatives. Many of these programs where designed educate guests on the importance of a healthy environment. Most recently, Disney introduced new goals in the areas of waste, carbon emissions, energy, water, ecosystems and inspiration to substantially. They are committed to reducing their impact on the environment and further enact environmentally responsible behavior among employees, guests, consumers and business partners. (http://corporate.disney.go.com/citizenship/environment.html)Walt Disney World has proven to be a leader and pioneer of environmental leadership. Disney sets the standards and stage for what others should do. They have been in business for over 60 years and have been committed to setting an example for future generations. Patagonia is the second company we will take a look at. In the 60’s founder Yvon Chouinard and later partner Tom Frost started Chouinard Equipment. Chouinard Equiptment made rock climbing tools. By 1970, Chouinard Equipment had become the largest supplier of climbing hardware in the U.S. (www.patagonia.com) However, the equipment had been severely damaging the rock walls so Chouinard and Frost made a risky decision to pull their products in an effort to protect the environment. In the late 70’s they discovered a need for men’s outer wear and started the Patagonia Company that we know today. (Patagonia) From the very beginning Patagonia Company was determined to bring their vision of environmental responsibility to its customers. At Patagonia, they believe that business can inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. They strive to be responsible in the products they make and how they make them. How they make their products and what they use to make them must cause the least harm to the environment. They evaluate raw materials, invest in innovative technologies, and rigorously police waste. Patagonia has several campaigns that promote their way of thinking and inspires change and commitment to environmental responsibility. Patagonia takes pride in their environmental campaigns and efforts. First of all they take a percentage of their sales and support grass root groups working to make a difference. They also have three strong campaigns that have put them as a leader in environmental responsibility in the clothing arena. Common Threads Initiative, bluesign Standard, the Footprint Chronicles and Our Common Waters are just a few of the programs Patagonia has started to educate and peruse environmental awareness to its customers. Most recently in March of 2011 they joined forces with middle-market companies like Wal-Mart, J. C. Penney, H&M, Hanes, and Timberland. Together they have started the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Together they plan to examine the environmental impact of every manufacturer, component and process in apparel production, with the aim of using that information to eventually give every garment a sustainability score. (Jr, 2011) They have set standards for themselves and have stayed true to their beliefs…Even when it meant closing a company. They have truly set an example for other clothing companies to follow in their philanthropic footsteps. Lastly we will look at Edible School Yard. This environmentally forward thinking classroom teaches children sustainability, responsibility and pride in their work. When I first started exploring better ways to feed my family and educate our daughter on how to eat the right foods my resources were limited. It wasn’t until I came across this amazing school that educates children through a garden! Edible School Yard is a concept that was started by Alice Waters a chef and restaurant pioneer that coined the concept farm to table. Since 1971 Alice and her restaurant Chez Panisse only serve food that is organically and locally grown and harvested in ways that are ecologically sound by people who are taking care of the land for future generations. In 1996, Alice Waters established the Chez Panisse Foundation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Chez Panisse Restaurant. The Foundation supports an educational program that uses food to nurture, educate and empower youth. Mission: “Cultivating a New Generation” The Chez Panisse Foundation envisions a school curriculum and school lunch program where growing, cooking, and sharing food at the table gives students the knowledge and values to build a humane and sustainable future The Chez Panisse Foundation in collaboration with Martin Luther King Junior Middle School Created Edible Schoolyard. This program provides urban public school students with a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom. Using food systems as a unifying concept, students learn how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce. Experiences in the kitchen and garden foster a better understanding of how the natural world sustains us, and promote the environmental and social well-being of our school community. (Edible Schoolyard) Edible Schoolyard has promoted sustainability and health for generations that statistically don’t have a very great future. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. (CDC Adolescent and School Health) Through poor diets, lack of education and decrease in physical activity our children will not live as long as us. (Loyola University Health System, 2011) It’s the efforts of programs like Edible Schoolyard that have reshaped the way youth feels about food, sustainability and environmental well-being. Edible Schoolyard has taken a concept and has led the way for future generations. They currently have an affiliate program that can mirror the success of the Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King Jr Middle School. They have also created The School Lunch Initiative a program that strives for significant changes in the school lunch programs across the country. They are committed to educating our youth and supporting the environment. Edible Schoolyard is a commendable program that should have every school and home hungry for more. As we make daily decisions on what to eat, what to buy and where to go it’s important to know where your dollar goes. We should look at companies and organizations that are doing the right things and promoting environmental and social well-being. Disney, Patagonia, and Edible Schoolyard are great examples of how a company can be profitable and responsible at the same time. Not only have they led the way in environmental thinking but they have continued to expand their ideas and concepts to peruse even greater awareness. So next time you eat, shop or plan your vacation make your dollar responsible and support the companies that support the world we live in.
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