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Exploring Eco-Friendly Strategies in Early Learning Businesses
by Smith, Henry Lee, II, D.B.A., Walden University, 2021, 93; 28315884
Abstract (Summary)

Some early learning business owners (ELBOs) lack implementation strategies for eco-friendly programs. ELBOs that can successfully implement eco-friendly programs in their organizations can promote long-term sustainability. Grounded in Freeman’s stakeholder theory, the purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to identify ELBOs’ implementation strategies for eco-friendly programs. The participants comprised of three ELBOs from three certified eco-friendly organizations. Data were collected using semistructured interviews and analyzed using thematic analysis. Five themes emerged: (a) managing stakeholders’ expectations, (b) health and wellness for sustainability, (c) business sustainability, (d) environmental sustainability, and (e) partnerships and community involvement. A key recommendation is for ELBOs to adopt eco-friendly programs unique to their environments to promote long-term sustainability. The implications for positive social change include the potential to improve ELBOs resource utilization and reduce children’s exposure to health hazards during the earliest, most vulnerable years of life.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gamble, Erica
Commitee: Musil, Elisabeth , Malone, Timothy
School: Walden University
Department: Management
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Sustainability, Business education, Early childhood education
Keywords: Early learning business owners (ELBOs), Eco-friendly schools, Education for sustainable development (ESD), Green schools, Stakeholder theory, Sustainable development goals (SDGs)
Publication Number: 28315884
ISBN: 9798569963386
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