Public administrators, on either the state or federal level, must become the “change agents” who compel companies to adopt environmentally-responsible business practices. That also means ensuring commitments are properly executed. Technology is perhaps the most significant part of public policy, since not only is it integrated into every level of business and residential maintenance, but it also assures a more manageable future.
Shareholders have a major stake in corporations, and therefore an influential role in determining how they are governed. According to the American Chemistry Society, investors have expressed a desire to see companies become more environmentally responsible, but shareholder value is ultimately determined by top-tier managers. Forcing these executives to adopt concrete guidelines that define shareholder value might allow investors to pressure businesses into implementing environmentally-responsible production methods.
Investing in research is an essential part of every community, and can help provide information needed to make important decisions regarding new technology. Although science and government are two fundamentally and culturally distinct organizations, a close operating relation would allow policy makers to have immediate access to studies related to environmental protection. For example, if the city is to invest in rainwater collection, leaders need to be confident that the system makes physical and economical sense.
Inspiring Future Innovators
The prospect of employment is a powerful tool for directing college-bound students into degree programs. In the same regard, encouraging tech companies and government offices to attend job fairs and create more internships can inspire a sense of confidence among students who are undecided about their majors. Pursuing an online master’s of public administration can place incoming students on the path to becoming champions of environment-based innovation.
Public transportation is a major part of environmental conservation and heavily dependent upon government policy for implementation. As new technology, such as the hyperloop, start arriving over the next few decades, public administrators will need to be prepared to help move these changes forward.
Education and spreading awareness is an integral component in advancing science and technology, primarily because it raises concerns about the future of the community, and informs residents of what is at stake. Where young people are involved, it inspires a sense of wonder. Public administrators are present during each step, along the way, including funding and ensuring adequate quality and delivery of government services. Understanding the capabilities of emerging science is the greatest hope communities have for developing a greener society.
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