The following are, in no particular order, my tips for getting YOU through the class faster than I did.
- Purposely pick a company that does not have a good reputation for social/environmental responsibility. How can you make recommendations when it seems like they are doing everything right already?
- This class's sole focus is on environmental social responsibility. Initially, I thought I'd use Apple because it has been in the news for human rights violations. This class has nothing to do with over all social responsibility or human rights.
- Go for the obvious improvements: energy efficient lights, low-flow toilets. There is no need to get all scientific and talk about lowering carbon emissions, unless of course, that's your thing. No one expects you to be a scientist.
- When in doubt, make the sh!t up! The company that I used was one that was loosely based upon a state agency that I worked for...10 years ago. It's been 8+ years since I stepped foot in the building that I referred to in my papers, it's definitely possible that they've already made some of the upgrades that I suggested...but the graders don't know that!
- Don't expect to get much from the course mentor. As far as I can tell, she's one that thinks that by repeating the same stuff over and over again, that eventually you'll start buying it.