A positive side of environmental business ethics is the creation of new opportunities centered on repairing existing environmental damage and developing new technologies to enable peopl to conduct their business without further damage to the environment. The EPA reports that there are more than $300,000 in grants available for small business to develop and bring to the market new environmental technologies in industries such as water quality, green building materials and greenhouse gasses. Environmental technologies will provide a path to profitability for small business for the foreseeable future.
The increasing concern for the value dimension of engineering is, at least in part, a result of the attention that the media has given to cases such as the Challenger disaster, the Kansas City Hyatt-Regency Hotel walkways collapse, and the Exxon oil spill. As a response to this concern, a new discipline, engineering ethics, is emerging. This discipline will doubtless take its place alongside such well-established fields as medical ethics, business ethics, and legal ethics. The problem presented by this development is that most engineering professors are not prepared to introduce literature in engineering ethics into their classrooms. They are most comfortable with quantitative concepts and often do not believe they are qualified to lead class discussions on ethics. Many engineering faculty members do not think that they have the time in an already overcrowded syllabus to introduce discussions on professional ethics, or the time in their own schedules to prepare the necessary material. Hopefully, the resources presented herein will be of assistance.