Search (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
  • Accessories
  • Adhesives & Sealants
  • Air Sealer
  • Apparel
  • Appliances
  • Architect/Designers
  • Baby Bottles
  • Bath
  • Bedding
  • Bicycle Shop
  • Broker/Lender
  • Builder
  • Cabinets/Countertops
  • Carpet
  • Cleaning Products
  • Composters
  • Cosmetics/Hygiene
  • Demolition
  • Diaper
  • Drycleaning
  • Eco Kits
  • Eco Tourism
  • Education
  • Electricians
  • Electronics
  • Energy Auditor
  • Flooring
  • Food
  • Furniture
  • General
  • Gifts
  • Green Consultant
  • Grey Water
  • Health Products
  • Home Energy Audit
  • HVAC
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Insulation
  • Interior Design
  • Kitchen Renovation
  • Landscape
  • Lighting
  • Lumber/Plywood
  • Maid Services
  • Mattresses
  • Mold remediation
  • Natural Products
  • Other
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Painter
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Paper/Office/Stationary
  • Pest Controller
  • Plumber/Plumbing
  • Programmable Controllers
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Real Estate
  • Renewable Energy
  • Repair Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Solar
  • Solar Consultant
  • Solar Panels
  • Tailor
  • Thermostats
  • Toys
  • Water Bottles
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Filters
  • Water Fixtures
  • Water Heating
  • Wind Turbines
  • Windows/Skylights/Doors
City (click to change)
advanced search ?

Green Business Is the Name of the Game

[Not a valid template][Not a valid template]

By Erika F. Washington
Sept. 13, 2012

Imagine if you could own a successful business that not only made a profit, but also helped better the environment and your employees. What would that look like and how hard would it be to keep that business prosperous?

These questions are answered in the brand new game GBO Hawai’i. GBO stands for Green Business Owners and its primary focus is to make the state of Hawaii a model of sustainable business ownership for the world.

The creator, Scott Cooney, teaches courses on sustainability for the MBA program at the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business. He has spent many years teaching and writing about green projects and ‘ecopreneurship.’ He is also the author of “Build a Green Small Business.”

Cooney chose Hawaii as the game’s setting because despite having an abundance of natural resources including wind, solar, and geothermal activity the island state heavily depends on fossil fuels and imported goods.

Like Monopoly, the game has a banker and money and businesses can exchange hands. The difference is that in Monopoly, the object of the game is to be the one with the most money and property. In GBO Hawai’I, the winner is the player who succeeds at having the most business properties, cash on hand, eco-credits and created the most green jobs. The goal is also to learn the importance of investing wisely based on their resources and government policies while still achieving a positive social impact.

Instructions are included with the game but are also available online and include a video, which is quite helpful for first time players. The game is set up for 2-4 players. Having four players is ideal to get the most out of the game. This way, players will have more challenges to overcome such obstacles as business loss and dealing with lobbyists who represent the oil and gas industries.

The game is structured for adults 13 and up and is well suited for high school or college business/government classes. Students can learn the ins and outs of business ownership and how personal decisions affect individuals, local communities, and natural resources. The board game, as well as the card game version, is available for purchase on the GBO Hawai’i Website and would make an excellent gift for eco-minded friends and family.


For related articles, see:
Be Sustainable by Being Profitable
Eco-Entrepreneurs Inspire at Opportunity Green
A New Kind of MBA: Sustainable Business

© 2011 SCGH, LLC. All rights reserved.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

7 Responses to “Green Business Is the Name of the Game”

  1. Helaine Says:

    Very nice post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your weblog posts. After all I’ll
    be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  2. Antwan Says:

    Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted
    to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts.

    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover
    the same subjects? Many thanks!

  3. Moises Says:

    Wow that was ѕtrange. I јust wrote an incredibly lοng
    commеnt but after I сlicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m nоt wrіting
    all thаt oveг аgain. Anyways, juѕt wanted to say ωonderful blog!

  4. Fredericka Says:

    Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just too wonderful. I really like what you’ve acquired
    here, certainly like what you are saying and the
    way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and
    you still take care of to keep it wise. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is actually a great web site.

  5. Stepanie Says:

    Good post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?

    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Bless you!

  6. Antwan Says:

    Hurrah, that’s what I was exploring for, what a stuff! existing here at this web site, thanks admin of this web site.

  7. Richard Says:

    If you desire to increase your know-how simply keep visiting this site and be updated with
    the most recent news posted here.

Add your comments