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  1. Introduction
  2. The problem and its complexities
  3. The Impact of climate change on private industry
  4. Waste Management
  5. Sustainable agricultural practices
  6. Conclusion

Economic growth is what propelled America's leap to become the world's only superpower and most influential nation, but not without sacrifice. Our exponential growth has depleted our nonrenewable resources and polluted many of our nation's greatest natural wonders. While it is imperative that America's economy continues to the dominate and the lead the world into the 21st Century, it is equally important to ensure we preserve our natural resources in order to preserve America's future status as an economic powerhouse. Through the following market and incentive based programs we can recognize and promote environmentally sustainable business practices, making them more palatable for private enterprises, to tackle three main causes of climate change: Energy, Waste, and Agriculture.

To understand the solution we must first understand the problem and its complexities. Public polling shows that more American people than ever are aware of global warming. A study of CBS polling shows that public awareness of global has jumped from 27% in 1997 to 42% in 2007 (Nisbet, Matthew C., and Teresa Myers. "The Polls--Trends." Public Opinion Quarterly 71.3 (2007): 444-470. Business Source Complete. Web. 16 Nov. 2012.). Meaning, that is a relatively new issue in the minds of most. However, climate change has long been an issue of concern for policy makers, leading to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 2, 1970 to research and combat climate change (EPA History, About EPA, EPA, Website, , Retrieved 11-15-12).

[...] However, we must be careful not to harm or penalise the engines of our economic growth through overzealous regulations and fines. Such practices promote secrecy and questionable tactics by industry, as they desperately attempt to continue growth under crushing policies. Only by promoting sound economic and environmental practices that reward, not rebuke, corporations can we achieve transparency, along with real and lasting solutions. Works Cited 1.) Environment and Business, Hitchcock, Blair, Alasdair, Routledge 2000 (Library Source) 2.) Nisbet, Matthew C., and Teresa Myers. "The Polls--Trends." Public Opinion Quarterly 71.3 (2007): 444-470. [...]

[...] From Perry Farms, Georgia, where PepsiCo. uses a compost and manure program, to Mexico, where PepsiCo. has tested the use of the volcanic rock, Zeolita, which increased yield by over corporations such as PepsiCo. have become committed partners in our quest to decrease use of synthetic fertilizers. In addition to drastically reducing their use of synthetic fertilizers, PepsiCo. has also launched successful programs aimed at conserving water resources. By installing drip irrigation systems on nearly two-million acres of farmland in India PepsiCo. [...]

[...] is also taking action to reduce their environmental impact in the United States. PepsiCo.'s Modesto, Ca. manufacturing facility has installed a state of the art cylindrical solar photovoltaic system on its rooftop. The one-megawatt project is the largest Solyndra installation within the United States and is projected to reduce the facility's dependence on outside power sources by while also reducing C0-2 emissions by 1,000 metric tons per year . Policy makers can promote actions like those of PepsiCo. by rewarding corporations, through tax credits for those who annually reduce their energy consumption at a certain percentage level. [...]

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