Capstone Courses and Projects

Carbon Disclosure Project

Corporate Carbon Emissions: Recommendations for Increasing Disclosure and Evaluating the Changing Regulatory Framework
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a nonprofit organization which holds the world's largest database of corporate climate change information in the world. The data is obtained from responses to CDP's annual Information Requests, issued on behalf of institutional investors, purchasing organizations, and governmental bodies. CDP requested a Capstone team to investigate reasons for non-response in the United States and to conduct research surrounding governmental legislation and United States greenhouse gas registries. The Capstone team interviewed representatives from S&P 500 companies to ascertain how CDP can improve their yearly questionnaire. The legislative and registry research was obtained from scholarly journals, websites, and other current publications. The Capstone team's report issues recommendations for how CDP can improve the response rate to the yearly Information Request, and maintain its position at the forefront of environmental reporting as the United States considers new regulations to combat climate change.

New York City Economic Development Corporation

Marketing Strategy for Biosciences Industry in New York City or New York Metropolitan Region
The Capstone team partnered with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the New York Biosciences Association to determine if New York City and the surrounding metropolitan region will benefit from uniting and marketing itself as a regional entity. Using existing biosciences clusters around the United States as case studies, the team researched and identified relevant successes and failures within the industry. The team also identified and interviewed key stakeholders who would need to be involved in such a regional strategy. In addition, the team conducted stakeholder analyses and identified barriers to collaboration both within New York City and throughout the region. Based on this comparative analysis and assessment of options, the team recommended a future plan of action for NYCEDC to effectively market the bioscience industry in New York City and the region.

Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ

Creating an Inclusive Green Collar Workforce: Opportunities for Building Service Workers in a Greening Economy
SEIU Local 32BJ is the largest building service workers union in the country, representing more than 100,000 cleaners, doormen, porters, maintenance workers, window cleaners, security guards, superintendents, and theater/stadium workers. Now entering a critical planning phase, Local 32BJ requested a Capstone team to analyze how the movement towards energy efficient green buildings can open up new job opportunities for workers, provide a career ladder for current workers via training for green industries, and secure higher wages and benefits. To accomplish this, the Capstone team researched green building technologies, forecasted potential changes in job responsibilities, analyzed current training programs, and identified legislation that would help the union accomplish its goals. This information was then compiled and analyzed to produce a report of findings and recommendations that Local 32BJ can use to prepare and position it to benefit from a greening of the United States? economy.