Project Director

Butler, Frank

Department Examiner

Evans, Randy; Roundy, Philip


Dept. of Management


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


With current agricultural methods causing an abundance of environmental problems, LDEC, LLC is an environmental consulting firm created to address these environmental impacts in the Southeast region of the United States. Examining an industry overview of small dairy farming (a dairy farm having fewer than 500 cows) in the state of Tennessee, LDEC, LLC looks to potentially impact the farming industry on a larger scale. The research for LDEC, LLC is centered on utilizing net-zero technologies in order to address energy usage, water consumption, and waste build-up on farms and reduce their side effects. The success of net-zero initiatives in office and residential settings provides a positive outlook for the use of these systems on farms, but the cost to implement net-zero technologies may not be economical for small farmers. By examining the current status of the dairy industry throughout the United States and Tennessee, LDEC, LLC is able to begin determining if net-zero initiatives are transferable to a farming environment.


This one is for my mom and dad. Dad, thank you for introducing me to one of my biggest passions while I was a student in your classroom. I will forever be grateful. Mom, thank you for feeding my passion by allowing me to go to South Africa and further my knowledge. I would not be headed to Duke without you two. Many thanks to Dr. Butler, Dr. Evans, and Dr. Roundy. Without the guidance, support, and feedback from you three, I would not have a thesis to submit. Dr. Butler, thank you for taking on the role of director on this project. I cannot thank you enough for all you have taught me and done for me before this project, during this project, and what will come after this project.


B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.




650 0Dairy farming -- Environmental aspects; Dairy farming -- Management


Agriculture; Net-zero; Business plan; Dairy farm; Environmental consulting


Business Administration, Management, and Operations

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