Monday, December 19, 2011

Choose a focus of either your final project topic or your career plan to develop an entrepreneurial assessment of yourself. This should be about a "1-page" activity. Some of these questions may help guide your thoughts: Do you want to be a "businessperson or an entrepreneur?" What traits and/or strengths do you see in your PDP that aligns with your thought? What weaknesses or opportunities for improvement do you notice that you would like to address to become a "businessperson or an entrepreneur?" Is entrepreneurship just about starting a business? Or is it much deeper and holistic than that? As the world quickly changes, which type of folks do you feel will be more on their "toes" and less on their "heels." Who do you think will achieve and live the happinesses that they seek in life?

here is a link to the comparisons I had shared in class:

I see myself as of now as an entrepreneur, not as in a business sense but as in a career sense. An entrepreneur takes risks and is willing to work hard in order to achieve their goals. Being the President of a hands on experience oriented club, has forced me to put my reputation on line. If the club was to become less active and eventually feel apart my reputation would be tainted. The same way a business entrepreneur's reputation is on the line with their business. 

traits from PDP

proactive work ethic
effective leader 
quick to learn 

Weaknesses from PDP 

Fully developed core of knowledge
internalize feelings and some thoughts 


I feel that both types of people will be able to find the happiness that they desire. I feel this way because there are a variety of people in the world. Along with a variety of ways for all those people to find happiness. Also I feel as if either types of people could be more on their heels or on their toes. It just depends on the personality of the individual. 

Lean Process

While implementing the 5S process on my desk I noticed that I had been wasting a lot of time trying to find anything on my desk. This forced me to actually stop using my desk as a place to do homework. 

With the problem identified I was able to initially correct it with the lean process tool 5S. For the shitsuke or "sustaining the disipline" step of 5S, I have found that it works for me to put everything back into it's place, once I am done with my homework. I would say that it has realistically saved me at least 2 minutes of searching each time I have sat down after implementing 

Quality Management

The United States Forest service creates best management practices to control water quality throughout the U.S. in Forest service managed lands. BMP's set up management practices to keep up with the mandates of section 404 of the clean water act.This helps to ensure that people and animals both have clean water with which to survive off of.  

Final PDP

Professional Development plan

Mission: To do my part in lessening the impact of humanity on the United States natural areas.

·         Strong background in Environmental science
·         Proactive work ethic
·         Effective leader
·         Empathetic
·         Introvert- able to more thoroughly think on an idea before acting on it
·         Adaptive
·         Quick to learn

·         Fully developed core of knowledge
·         Internalize feelings

·         obtain masters in 5 to6 years and PhD in 15 years
·         become respected restoration ecologist
·         become president of NAA
·         live in a hobbit house
·         raise a family
·         travel the world

·         obtain undergraduate degree May 2012
·         work in restoration ecology for 5 years,
o   take GRE during 5 years
·         obtain masters in plant taxonomy or plant ecology
·         marry around age 30
·         work in restoration ecology for another 4 years and obtain PhD in restoration ecology (Colorado State University) around age 35
·         Become a professor at a college age 55

·         nature
·         hard work
·         living comfortably
·         travel
·         friends
·         family

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The nature conservancy United States:

As indispensable to The Nature Conservancy’s success as our unifying mission, vision, goals and measures are our unique values—the distinguishing attributes that characterize how we conduct ourselves in our drive for tangible, lasting results. These attributes are not mere platitudes but deeply held convictions universally manifested by all who represent The Nature Conservancy.
Integrity Beyond Reproach:We will meet the highest ethical and professional standards in all of our organizational endeavors and, in doing so, we hold ourselves accountable to our mission and to the public.
·         Be honest at all times
·         Be accountable to each other, to the mission, to our donors, members, partners, and to the public (Read our Privacy Policy)
·         Earn trust by building relationships, being competent, and following through on all of our commitments
Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures:Enduring conservation success depends on the active involvement of people and partners whose lives and livelihoods are linked to the natural systems we seek to conserve. We respect the needs, values and traditions of local communities and cultures, and we forge relationships based on mutual benefit and trust.
·         Demonstrate respect by committing to local, on the ground involvement with people, communities and cultures, and with awareness and sensitivity to their economic realities
·         Treat our partners and colleagues with fairness and honesty
·         Work collaboratively with all sectors of society, including indigenous people, to develop practical conservation solutions.
Commitment to Diversity:We recognize that biological diversity conservation is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. We will recruit and mentor staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character.
·         Respect and be open to a variety of viewpoints and diversity of thought
·         Work in an environment that encourages each of us to achieve our potential and values the contributions of all
·         Expand and strengthen the diversity of our workforce, trustee base, and board
One Conservancy:Our strength and vitality lie in being one organization working together in local places and across borders to achieve our global mission. We value the collective and collaborative efforts that are so essential to our success.
·         Work across all of our operations to implement and support the right strategies, at the right scales, and at the right places always with the greater good of our mission in mind
·         Act with continuity of purpose in everything we do, from the focus of our conservation efforts to the allocation of our resources
·         Celebrate individual, team and project success as the success of all who work for TNC
Tangible, Lasting Results:Our mission of preserving biological diversity guides everything we do. We use the best available science, a creative spirit, and a non-confrontational approach to craft innovative solutions to complex conservation problems at scales that matter and in ways that will endure.
·         Develop, analyze and use the best available conservation science and a science-based rigor to set priorities, make decisions, take action, and measure results
·         Use a creative spirit and original thought in the pursuit of excellence
·         Conduct our business in an environmentally sensitive manner

Indian Council of Agricultural Research - India 

·         To plan, undertake, aid, promote and co-ordinate education, research and its application in agriculture, agroforestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, home science and allied sciences
·         To act as a clearing house of research and general information relating to agriculture, animal husbandry, home science and allied sciences, and fisheries through its publications and information system; and instituting and promoting transfer of technology programmes
·         To provide, undertake and promote consultancy services in the fields of education, research, training and dissemination of information in agriculture, agroforestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, home science and allied sciences
·         To look into the problems relating to broader areas of rural development concerning agriculture, including postharvest technology by developing co-operative programmes with other organizations such as the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the universities
·         To do other things considered necessary to attain the objectives of the Society

Ministry of Environmental Protection - China 

1. Develop national policies, laws and regulations, and formulate administrative rules and regulations for environmental protection; conduct environmental impact assessment as entrusted by the State Council on major economic and technical policies, development programs and major economic development plans; formulate national environmental protection programs; organize the development of pollution prevention plan and ecological conservation plan in key regions and river basins that are identified by the Central Government and supervise their implementation; and  organize the zoning of environmental function areas.
2. Draw up and organize the implementation of laws, rules and regulations on pollution prevention of air, water, soil, noise, solid wastes, toxic chemicals and vehicle emissions; guide, coordinate and supervise marine environmental protection work.
3. Supervise the development and utilization activities of natural resources that impact ecological environment, major eco-environmental development work, and rehabilitation of ecological damages; supervise and inspect the environmental protection in various kinds of nature reserves, scenic spots and forest parks; supervise and inspect biodiversity conservation, wildlife conservation, wetland environmental protection and desertification combating; put forward recommendations to the State Council for the establishment of various new national-level nature reserves for approval; supervise and manage national nature reserves and take the lead in the management of biological species resources.
4. Guide and coordinate major environmental problems in local areas, departments, cross-region areas and trans-river basin areas; investigate and handle major environmental pollution accidents and ecological damage cases; coordinate inter-provincial environmental pollution disputes; organize and coordinate the work on the prevention and control of water pollution in key river basins; take charge of environmental supervision and administrative inspection; and organize nationwide inspections on environmental law enforcement.
5. Formulate national environmental quality standards and pollutant discharge standards and release the standards in line with the procedures set by the Central Government; take charge the filing of local environmental standards; review the environmental protection component of urban development master plans; organize the compilation of national reports on environmental quality; make public the Report on the State of the Environment in China each year; publicize information on the state of environmental quality in key cities and river basins on a periodic basis; and participate in the formulation of the outline of national sustainable development.
6. Develop various regulatory regimes of environmental management and organize their implementation; approve environmental impact assessment (EIA) statements of development and construction activities according to the regulations of the State; guide comprehensive environmental treatment in both urban and rural areas; take charge eco-environmental protection work in rural areas; and guide the establishment of ecological demonstration zones and development of ecological agriculture across the country.
7. Organize environmental S&T development programs, major scientific research and technical demonstration projects; administrate the certification of environmental labels; set up and implement certification systems for environmental protection qualifications; and guide and promote the development of environmental industry.
8. Take charge the work on environmental monitoring, statistics and information; develop environmental monitoring systems and norms,; organize the establishment and management of national environmental monitoring network and national environmental information network; organize the monitoring of environmental quality and pollutant sources across the country; organize, guide and coordinate environmental publicity, education, news and publishing work; and promote the participation of the public and NGOs.  
9. Develop basic national principles on global environmental issues; administrate the international cooperation and exchanges on environmental protection; take part in and coordinate important international environmental activities; participate in the negotiation of international environmental conventions; act as the focal point to manage, organize and coordinate the implementation activities of international conventions in China; administrate foreign economic cooperation in the environmental protection system; coordinate overseas funded projects in relation to the implementation of international conventions; handle foreign environmental affairs as entrusted by the State Council; and take charge the liaison and contacts with international environmental organizations.
10. Take charge the administration of nuclear safety, radiation environment, and radioactive wastes; draw up relevant policies, laws, regulations and standards; take part in emergency response to nuclear accidents and radiation environmental accidents; conduct integrated supervision and management of the safety of nuclear facilities, electromagnetic radiation, application of nuclear technology, and pollution prevention and control in the development and utilization of radioactive mineral resources; supervise the regulation of nuclear materials and the safety of pressure-bearing nuclear facilities; and carry out integrated supervision and management on radioactive sources.
11. Take charge of the institutional composition and personnel management of SEPA; and carry out institutional reforms on national administrative systems of environmental protection.
12. Undertake other affairs delivered by the State Council.
WWF -Thailand 
WWF and the American Red Cross have partnered to make sure that recovery programs include environmentally sustainable considerations - from design through implementation - which are essential for ensuring a long-lasting recovery for the affected communities.

Meteorology and Environmental Protection Agency- Saudi Arabia 

Protect the environment from pollution of all that surrounds man from water, air, land and outer space and the content of these circles of inanimate and plant and animal, and various forms of energy systems and natural processes and human activities, maintain and prevent deterioration and to reduce it. And monitor the weather for the safety of lives and protect property.

The Green Zionist Alliance - Israel 

The Green Zionist Alliance, a North America-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, offers a place for all people — regardless of political or religious affiliation — who care about humanity's responsibility to preserve the Earth and the special responsibility of the Jewish people to preserve the ecology of Israel. The GZA works to educate and mobilize people around the world for Israel’s environment; to protect Israel's environment and support its environmental movement; to improve environmental practices within the World Zionist Organization and its constituent agencies; and to inspire people to work for positive change. By focusing on the environment while working from a pluralistic and multicultural base, the Green Zionist Alliance seeks to bridge the differences between and within religions and people — helping to build a peaceful and sustainable future for Israel and the Middle East.

Criteria For Evaluation

Criteria to evaluate group members
Attendance- participation--- thoughtful ideas, and discussion
Ambition/Initiative-- getting done what you say your going to do done.
Cooperation/Communication - Good communication, answered emails, came to meetings, works well will other teamates.
Research Quality - Overall quality of assigned sections (amount of material, legitimacy)
Deadlines met - Was the students information posted in google docs in a timely manner
Ideas/Contribution - Were his/her ideas useful to the project, did the person contribute to the overall design of the project

Friday, November 11, 2011

5S Process


(You cannot really tell but the two crates are labeled with what goes in them) 

For my application of the 5S process

sorting- I took all the unnecessary items (i.e. GPS unit, iPod, certifications)  on my desk and placed them into a pile. 

straightening/systematic cleaning- - All items I deemed necessary (i.e. pens, pencils, post its, contacts) to have on my desk were placed into separate piles on the floor. I then dusted all items that were in need as they were put into place.

standardizing- since I only have 1 desk this step is not applicable.

sustaining- I will take time after I use the desk each time to ensure that all items are back in place.

safety- My newly organized desk will help to prevent those nasty paper-cuts from happening.

security- This will help me know exactly where all the items on my desk are located.

satisfaction- My newly organized desk will now encourage me to use it for homework instead of hinder me.