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dc.contributor.advisor Klein, Emily
dc.contributor.author Hadley, John
dc.contributor.author Herren, Allison
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-30T14:39:32Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-30T14:39:32Z
dc.date.issued 2010-04-30T14:39:32Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/2195
dc.description.abstract Conventional approaches to implementing environmental practices often rely on assumptions and measures predominantly developed for large corporations. However, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) frequently operate much differently and encounter a variety of barriers to environmental practices that may not exist in the larger corporate arena. This research paper analyzes the barriers small businesses face to implementing environmental measures through interviews with nine companies in the Durham, North Carolina area. The study finds that financial cost is the main barrier, followed by a lack of time to devote to environmental measures, and a lack of knowledge of actions that can be taken. The study concludes with recommendations for regulatory and policy updates, economic incentives, and information resources to help mitigate the environmental barriers facing small businesses in Durham. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject small businesses en_US
dc.subject environmental practices en_US
dc.subject Durham, NC en_US
dc.title Barriers to Environmental Sustainability Facing Small Businesses in Durham, NC en_US
dc.type Masters' project
dc.department Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences

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