[PAUSE] Doing Green Business in Costa Rica

Last week, I, along with a busload of other Rutgers MBA students, was disconnected from my phone and email and off to Costa Rica to learn how they do Green Business.

What an amazing experience. Costa Rica is the only place in the world where you can gain exclusive access to five types of functioning renewable energy facilities. I visited a 100% carbon neutral company. A geothermal plant. A green manufacturing plant. A volcano. A wind farm. A biomass plant. A Geolodge. A reforestation plot.  I helped build a water catcher for a family in the mountains.

What I found to be the most amazing part of the trip was that each company my classmates and I visited had aligned themselves with the goal of making Costa Rica being 100% carbon neutral by 2021. Everywhere we went, people shared that goal.  It was in their DNA. In their business model. In their minds and in their hearts.

And it was truly inspiring.

update: Learn about the program at www.greenworknow.com


3 thoughts on “[PAUSE] Doing Green Business in Costa Rica

  1. Hi Mark, Rutgers Business School Alumnus Ben Lapidus actually started a company called GREEN (Global Renewable Energy Education Network) greenworknow.com. It is amazing – the company brings students to Costa Rica to learn more about sustainability in engineering and business. If you’d like I can introduce you to him via email so you can learn more. The professor who took us on the trip is Dr. dt ogilvie, an entrepreneurship professor at RBS who had Ben in class.

  2. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

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