The module is based on the link between environmental and economic aspects of sustainability. Students should understand that companies are not philantropic institutions and thus have to operate profitable. As a consequence all measures aimed at sustainability have to ensure profitability and long-run survival of firms.
The web-application is comprised of three parts:
- A multiple-choice type quiz provides students with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with practical issues associated with resource consumption, recycling or energy efficiency.
- A reader provides some background information about Closed-loop Supply chains and the associated decision processes as well as links and references to further research in this area.
- A simulation model enables students to try their decision making capabilities first as a manager of a company dealing with re-use and recycling and then as a policy maker setting sustainability targets. Besides a comparison with the optimal decisions, the students are also pointed at conflicts of interest that may exist for a policy maker.
Click the following link to start the web-application: http://impuls.uni-graz.at/sustainicum/reman/start/