NETW 204 -formal proposal
For the week 8 assignment, you will submit a formal proposal to your division manager Anne
Brown, recommending a strategy the company could adopt to go green. In week 6 you will
submit an outline of the entire proposal, as well as the introduction of the proposal itself. Remember, the goal of the proposal is to recommend a sustainable green strategy the company
can adopt to reduce the carbon footprint by 25%. The primary audience is your division
manager, Anne Brown; however, your proposal will probably be read by anyone in upper
management. As part of the planning stage, you will research 3-4 green strategies and decide on a specific
strategy (e.g., reducing printer waste such as paper and ink; phasing in an energy efficient fleet
of vehicles; installing solar panels or wind turbines to power the office building, etc.). Or you can
research a general area such as physical facilities, recycling, transportation, etc. Just make sure
the solution is broad enough so that you’ll be able to talk in depth about the one recommended
strategy. For your research, you need to find a variety of sources (at least six). Some sources may be found
through the DeVry library, while others could be found through internet research. To use library
resources, go to the Student Resources tab (under Course Home), click Library, and familiarize
yourself with the menu in the upper left hand corner. Explore various sources, including the
online librarian. A good place to become familiar with this topic is Green Business Practices for
Dummies (2009) by Lisa Swallow, which is available through DeVry's online library, as well as
additional online sources listed in the Webliography. Make all sources are credible. To avoid
plagiarism, all borrowed material must be cited correctly using APA guidelines. The recommended range for the proposal is 1250-1750 words, and it should include the
following parts: Front Matter
Introduction (each of the four sections listed below will be second-level headings under Introduction) Background of the Problem: Provide an overview of problem/situation and its importance. This
is a critical section. It should describe the problem currently and reasons why the proposal is
Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose is essentially the same as a thesis statement for
an essay or paper. It only needs to be a sentence or two long.
Sources and Methods: To establish credibility, discuss the types of research material selected to
support the proposed solution and how the material will be used in the proposal. NOTE: You
don’t make a list of sources like you would for a References page.
Report Organization: Provide an overview of the various sections of the report so the reader is
aware of the direction and organization of the report to follow.
Discussion (each of the three sections listed below will be second-level headings under
Discussion) Solution and Benefits: Identify your solution and discuss its benefits. Include a visual.
Cost: This section should include individual costs to the organization, but may also include any
cost savings that may be realized. Include a table to help readers visualize what is presented in
Conclusion and Recommendation: Review the issues that led to the proposed solution and
clearly state the recommendation you want the reader to implement.
Conclude the report with a brief statement that expresses a positive sentiment or statement. End Matter
References (at least six credible sources in APA format)
Appendices (if applicable