Nicole Godbout

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    Course Summary

    ENVS 400 is based around the completion of a capstone project. As an honors student I began drafting my capstone, an extended scholarly research paper, in the spring, meeting in an independent study. During ENVS 400, myself and a handful of honors-seeking students met in an alternative room to share and trouble shoot our thesis. My thesis examines the changing landscape of Certified B Corporations in Portland, Oregon in effort to answer the guiding question, how effective are non-state actors at inducing corporations' efforts towards responsible consumption and production? My research found that while B Corp Certification incentivizes modest improvement in the areas of governance and community engagement, the movement is not an adequate substitution to state regulation.

    Senior Capstone

    Our main work in ENVS 400 involves a senior capstone: an original, interdisciplinary environmental research project, resulting in a thesis or other outcome. The page linked above provides more information on my senior capstone.

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    April 23, 2020

    What are my final thoughts on what I learned this year as a result of my capstone? My thesis outcome, in the form of an extended scholarly research paper, taught me a LOT. Not only did I practice old and learn new skills throughout the process, but I learned from […]

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    Preparing for the Future

    April 16, 2020

    “How has my capstone benefited from my general preparation as an ENVS major?” My capstone, a thesis by the title of B-ing a Better Business: Examining the Effect of B Corp Certification on Responsible Business Practices in Portland, OR, is an investigation that represents my continued efforts to understand the […]

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    A Future of Better Business

    April 13, 2020

    This thesis asks us to continue working to improve the lives of those we may not know and cannot see, and to do so with unrelenting compassion. The final paragraph in the acknowledgment section of my capstone, written in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve always been interested […]

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    The Evolution of my Capstone

    April 6, 2020

    How has the way I understand/communicate my capstone evolved over this semester or year? From the beginning, I knew my Environmental Studies capstone would address the fundamental question I had been exploring my entire college career- how do we transform the current economic system into one which considers the interest […]

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