Business Perspectives

Quarterly magazine provides new and analysis of global, national and regional economies. It also covers topics of interest to business, education and government communities.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 3, Fall-Winter

Biodiversity and the Greater Memphis Region
Biodiversity has been defined by many sources as the variety of life. This includes the different plants, animals, and microorganisms of an area as well as their genes and the ecosystems of which they are a part. On our planet, about 1.75 million living...
Greening the Infrastructure at the University of Memphis
The University of Memphis is essentially a small city with over 20,000 citizens. These citizens need heat, light, power, water, and air to maintain a satisfactory environment. How these utilities (or infrastructure, as it is called) are maintained...
Institutionalizing Ecological Literacy: A Critical Component of the New "Green" Economy: Henry David Thoreau, Rachael Carson, DDT, Acid Rain, Earth Day, Biosphere I (and II), Urban Sprawl, Global Warming-If These Are Not Familiar Names and Terms, You Might Be Ecological Literacy-Challenged
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What is Ecological Literacy? We all know about the need for clean air and clean water. These needs were the subjects of massive government intervention programs beginning in the 1970s when rivers caught fire because of...
Is the Green Revolution for Real This Time? Will Green Jobs Be Created in Sufficient Numbers to Offset Declines in Other Parts of the Economy? Will Green Jobs Replace Real Estate as the Engine for the Next Round of Economic Expansion?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is not the first "Green Revolution," and it won't be the last. But, it may be the right time and place for the Green Revolution to make a meaningful change in the way American's live and conduct business. This may be...
National & Regional Economies
National Economic Indicators November July August September 2007 2008 2008 2008 Consumer Confidence (1) 87.8 51.9 58.5 61.4 ISM ...
Returning to Our Roots
With the rising costs of petroleum, concerns over climate change, and geopolitical uncertainty, it is no secret that scientists, researchers, and world leaders have been scrambling to find alternative methods to supply our insatiable appetite for energy...
Tennessee: Ahead of the Curve on Energy Initiatives
In July 2008, Volkswagen announced a $1 billion investment in Tennessee with the selection of Chattanooga for its new plant. Among the vehicles to be manufactured will be a hybrid. The Volkswagen announcement came only days after Toyota said that it...
The Burgundy Book: A New Source of Economic Data from the St. Louis Fed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "The pace of economic activity in the Memphis zone slowed during the first quarter of 2008. Except for the manufacturing sector, in which contacts reported increased activity, reports in most other sectors were not so favorable....
The Center for Biofuel Energy & Sustainable Technologies Joins the University of Memphis Sustainable World
The Motivation Sustainable. Renewable. Green. These adjectives are used more and more each day in the press and in everyday life. Why? Because our society has evolved to the point where we must look forward to creating a better future by design...
The Ecological Research Center: Training Tomorrow's Ecologists
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Vision The vision of the University of Memphis is to be recognized as one of America's great metropolitan research universities, noted for its comprehensive, innovative academic programs and for capitalizing on its...
The Master Plan
In August 2008, the sparkle on Shelby County's jewel, Shelby Farms Park, became a little brighter. Shelby Farms Park's Master Plan was approved by the Shelby County Commission with a unanimous vote. Immediately after this decision, the Hyde Family...
The University of Memphis: A Leading Partner in Sustainability
For many, the concept of sustainability is shaped by the knowledge and understanding of environmental and ecological issues such as global warming, conservation of natural resources, limited availability of resources, and a wide array of recommended...
Urban Green Space: Is It the Next Financial Frontier?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although it may seem counterintuitive, green space within and around cities provides social, economic, and environmental advantages. Generally, people assume that for each green space a business, home, or transportation route...
What Does It Mean to Go Green?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Going green is the new power label in today's economy. However, as Kermit the Frog once lamented in song, "it's not that easy being green." The truth of those words weighs heavy on the lives, minds, and especially the pocketbooks...