Monday, December 14, 2009
Blueprints are a 167-year old technology. Today, the same blueprint-based activities can be achieved using onscreen takeoff and construction estimating software. Contractors can view plans, measure lengths and volumes, and markup plans on a computer screen.
So what will be the driving force to get the construction industry to move from paper to software? For starters, the US Green Building Council could offer a LEED credit for it. Additionally, the government could offer incentives for construction companies that switch from blueprints to software, similar to their program for doctors that switch from paper charts to electronic health records. So what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment over at the original post: The End of Blueprints.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Building on the success of the inaugural event in March 2009, the 2nd annual FT Investing in a Sustainable Future international conference (March 24, 2010) will reveal how some of the top minds in today's corporate, financial and investment arena are generating bottom-line profits by putting sustainable and ethical investment strategies at the heart of their organizations.
This international conference will be of particular interest to:
CEOs, CIOs, Institutional Investors, Asset Managers, Public and Corporate Pension Funds, Investor Relations Directors, Chief Responsibility Officers, Sustainability Directors, CSR Directors, Foundations and Endowments, Financial Advisors, SRI Funds, Investment Banks, and NGOs.
FT Investing in a Sustainable Future
March 24, 2010
145 W 44th St, New York, NY
For more information, please contact Chrissy Sexton at email@example.com or (212) 641-6369.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Atlanta, GA (April 6, 2009) – Georgia-Pacific is helping industrial and consumer product companies through this tough economic environment with its Packaging Systems Optimization (PSO™) program, which identifies opportunities to streamline packaging operations to reduce total supply chain costs.
PSO is an assessment tool that looks for sources of inefficiency and waste across the entire packaging supply chain, from manufacturing to distribution. The program comprises a rigorous process, wherein a team of packaging engineers analyzes areas including package design, material optimization, shelf impact and SKU consolidation, as well as line productivity, material handling and distribution.
After an initial analysis, the Georgia-Pacific PSO team delivers a detailed report that clearly outlines areas where cost-savings may be achieved. Recommendations may include anything from developing new box design concepts and refining packaging prototypes to automating manual processes. A Total Cost Analysis (TCA™) report is then developed, which quantifies the total cost-savings for those opportunities that have been identified.
“If comprehensively evaluated for efficiencies, the packaging process can be a source of considerable cost savings,” says Pat Smorch, director, packaging sustainability at Georgia-Pacific’s Innovation Institute®. “The PSO program was developed to look across the entire packaging supply chain, providing a holistic perspective on where modifications may be made.”
The PSO process also supports sustainability efforts. Recommendations to streamline material handling and warehousing practices can lead to significant energy efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions.
The PSO program draws on the extensive in-house expertise and resources of Georgia-Pacific’s Innovation Institute, a creative, collaborative package design and innovation lab that simulates retail, warehousing and transportation environments. Georgia-Pacific’s engineering and design experts work together to identify opportunities to reduce supply chain costs, optimize package designs, increase shelf velocity and measure sustainability factors.
Georgia-Pacific’s PSO program was developed at Georgia-Pacific’s Innovation Institute, which simulates retail and packaging environments, allowing customers to experience sustainable innovation and novel package design solutions in action. Designed to facilitate break-through thinking and next-generation packaging solutions, the Innovation Institute helps customers realize the full value of their packaging investment. For more information on Georgia-Pacific’s Innovation Institute visit www.gpinnovates.com.
Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 45,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe. The familiar consumer tissue brands of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Sparkle®, Soft 'n Gentle®, Mardi Gras®, So-Dri® and Vanity Fair®. Dixie Consumer Products LLC, a Georgia-Pacific company, manufactures the Dixie® brand of tabletop products. Georgia-Pacific has long been among the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers, with brands such as Plytanium® plywood, DryPly® water repellent plywood, Ply-Bead® panels and Wood I Beam™ joists offered by Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC and DensArmor Plus® interior drywall, DensGlass™ Exterior Sheathing and ToughRock® wallboard offered by Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC. For more information, visit www.gp.com.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The authors encouraged businesses to look at climate change in terms of risks and opportunities. Companies whose assets are affected by weather, such as insurance, real estate, agriculture, and tourism, were warned to plan for the consequences of climate change. And all businesses, regardless of industry, were encouraged to prepare for anticipated regulations to curtail practices believed to be contributing factors to climate change; new opportunities may arise for a variety of companies and industries as a result of these changes. The authors also advised companies to be honest and transparent with stakeholders and to be public about their intiatives toward climate change mitigation. Lastly, they stated that there are "no excuses for inaction" in managing the business risks and opportunities associated with climate change. The authors concluded by stating that thinking through the complexities of how climate change will impact the business is a test of management acumen; some executives are meeting this challenge head-on while others are not--and shareholders should ask why.
If your business is ready to plan for climate change, then I recommend A Three-Pronged Approach to Corporate Climate Strategy (Business for Social Responsibility, 2006). In order for the world to decrease global emissions by the recommended 70%, companies need to think in terms of zero emissions as they plan their climate change strategies. In a nutshell, it is recommended that companies analyze their value chains to identify opportunities to become more energy efficient, to invest in carbon emission offsets, and to invest in renewable energy.
Don't forget to participate in your local 350 Climate Action Rally on Saturday, October 24. The Little Rock, AR event will be held at MacArthur Park from 2-5pm. Hosted by Audubon Arkansas, 1 Sky, Sierra Club, and Village Commons, the event will feature local musicians, speakers and educational booths with presentations by State Representative Kathy Webb, Sierra Club, and Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Free Habana Halloween Kid's Party!
October 31st from 12- 6pm
Bring your little monsters and ghouls down for our free Habana Halloween party. Candy, games, crafts, prizes and more!
Monster Bash Dance Contest with DJ Juice E: 4- 6pm
Costume Contest @ 5pm
THE OFFICIAL Halloween and Last Call Party
Free – No Cover
Sat. October 31st from 9pm- 4am
Help us celebrate the end of another great summer at Habana Outpost on Halloween night with DJ Juice E in the Lowpost lounge (below Habana Outpost) There will be free giveaways throughout the night and a costume contest at Midnight!
Where : Habana Outpost
757 Fulton Street (Corner of South Portland ) Brooklyn NY
718 858 9500
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Check out this great list of upcoming webinars. Remember, save the emissions...do it online!
LEED for New Construction: Energy & Atmosphere (Oct. 1)
Chief Sustainability Officer Master Class (Oct. 1)
Financing Sustainable Forestry (Oct. 7)
Getting better visibility for your programs: Improving Communications for Community Involvement Managers (Oct. 7)
How to Conduct an Energy Audit (Oct. 8)
Sustainability Consulting 101 (Oct. 13)
Business Case for Clean Energy: You've Tackled the Low-Hanging Fruit, Now What? (Oct. 15)
How to Conduct a Waste Audit (Oct. 15)
LEED for New Construction: Materials & Resources (Oct. 15)
Using Change Management to Start up an Environmental Sustainability Program – Case Study on AtlantiCare (Oct. 16)
Strong Citizenship = Increased Reputation: How companies have leveraged the good work they are doing (Oct. 21)
How to Green Your IT (Oct. 22)
How to Create a Paperless Office (Oct. 29)
LEED for New Construction: Indoor Environmental Quality (Oct. 29)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Without the need for new construction, heavy laundry bills or other forms of high energy consumption, hay hotels are also an effective means of low-impact, sustainable tourism.
And the best part? No beds to make! In the morning, you simply fluff the hay with a pitchfork.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The docu-drama, The Age of Stupid, is coming to a theater near you. The Age of Stupid is about "a man living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?"
The movie will be broadcast live to over 700 locations in 40 countries from a solar-powered cinema tent in New York City on Monday, September 21. Visit the movie website to find a location near you.
The Age of Stupid USA Trailer from Age of Stupid on Vimeo.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Cardell Hopkins, aka "Lil Peppi," has been rapping since he was 3 years old. While his lyrics have always been positive, Lil Peppi has taken an environmental turn and has become an eco-rapper. Now at the mature age of 10, he has performed nationally, has made a video for Whole Foods, and has won a Sierra Club award.
When you visit his website, what messages will you see? "Skool is kool" and "Save the Earth," of course!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
When you upgrade your cell phone, computer, printer, iPod, mp3 player, calculator, or other electronics, what do you do with the old one? Like any responsible person, you recycle it.
So what happens to all that e-waste from responsible e-cyclers? In case you missed it, 60 Minutes just aired an expose on the electronics recycling industry. It has been estimated that as much as 75% of used electronics received in developing nations for the purpose of recycling actually ends up as hazardous e-waste. Watch this 13-minute video documenting one example in Hong Kong.
To ensure your e-waste is recycled responsibly, look for a recycler that has met e-Stewards certification.
Watch CBS Videos Online
Monday, August 31, 2009
Now that the kids are back in school, this is the perfect time for you to sign up for a webinar and brush up on your sustainability knowledge or learn something new. Here is a list of upcoming webinars for the month of September. Remember, save the emissions...do it online!
Scoring Suppliers on Sustainability (Sept. 1)
Office Greening 101 (Sept. 2)
How to Write a Sustainability Report (Sept. 3)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: A Webinar for Small Businesses and Nonprofits (Sept. 9)
Creating an Effective Plan for Your Company's Sustainability Efforts (Sept. 9)
Guide to Green Purchasing (Sept. 9)
Profiting from Power Savings (Sept. 10)
LEED Success Strategies: Indoor Air Quality, CO2 Monitoring, & LEED (Sept. 10)
How to Engage Your Community (Sept. 10)
Greening the Clinic: An Introduction to Green Health Care in Primary Care Settings (Sept. 16)
Carbon Offsetting 101 (Sept. 16)
Practice Greenhealth Greening Operations: Healthy Environments - Eliminating DEHP and PVC from the NICU (Sept. 18)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
CHINO, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: JBHT) and SunEco Energy today announced the signing of a cooperative agreement, which could lead to J.B. Hunt becoming a significant purchaser of biodiesel made from natural algae oil using SunEco Energy's proprietary technology.
The two companies conducted a series of successful tests using biodiesel made by SunEco Energy from 100 percent natural algae oil produced at the company's pilot plant in Chino, California. These tests, using a 20 percent and 50 percent blend of algae oil with petroleum diesel, measured an 82 percent reduction in particulate emissions with no loss of power.
"Transportation fuel is virtually 100% oil-based," said Gary Whicker, senior vice president of engineering for J.B. Hunt. "Finding alternative energy sources to put in our fuel tanks is good business for our company and our nation. SunEco's innovative process to produce renewable fuel supplies from algae grown in American ponds is an intriguing new option. Our initial experience with their algae-based biodiesel is promising, and we are excited about the opportunity to work with SunEco Energy to move towards a lower cost, less carbon intensive, and more secure energy supply for our business."
"We are very pleased that J.B. Hunt, a leading transportation company, took the steps to test our fuel in their trucks and are taking further steps to become a leader in the use of renewable fuels," said Dan Gautschi, Chairman and CEO of SunEco Energy. "The SunEco technology has been in development for over five years, with an operating pilot facility over the past two years which has allowed us to continually produce barrels of oil rather than beakers, enabling us to provide oil for tests in a variety of applications."
SunEco's proprietary technology utilizes naturally occurring algae strains in a monitored environment to produce an oil product suitable for making renewable transportation fuels and other oil-based products, and, as a byproduct of the process, a high-quality animal feed supplement. SunEco is currently raising additional funding to enable the large scale deployment of the technology in U.S. and international markets, including a large development in the Imperial Valley region of California.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. focuses on providing safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Utilizing an integrated, multimodal approach, J.B. Hunt provides capacity-oriented solutions centered on delivering customer value and industry-leading service.SunEco Energy is committed to leading the deployment of commercially viable bio-products made from natural algae strains. The Company's primary objective is to deliver reliable clean and sustainable energy products for transportation fuels and livestock feed, thus breaking the trade-off between food or fuel. Looking forward, the company intends to expand its product range to include a full scope of uses currently obtained from petroleum, such as, plastics, inks and dyes, as well as nutri-ceuticals.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
From a quick review of the Internet, here are the green and sustainable business webinars we've found for August 2009. Remember, save the emissions...do it online!
How to Create a Paperless Office (Aug. 1)
Office Greening 101 (Aug. 5)
Introduction to Renewable Energy Credits & Carbon Offsets (Aug. 5)
How to "Green" Your Business Travel (Aug 6)
LEED for Neighborhood Development: A Tool to Retrofit the Suburbs (Aug. 6)
Guide to Green Purchasing (Aug. 12)
Communicating Your Sustainability Initiatives (Aug. 12)
How to "Green" Your Meetings (Aug. 13)
LEED and the Urban Heat Island Effect (Aug. 13)
Introduction to GHG Inventories (Aug. 18)
Green Your Event (Aug. 19)
Carbon Offsetting 101 (Aug. 19)
How Green is My Building?: Tools for Measuring the Total ROI of Sustainability (Aug. 19)
How to Develop an Eco-Purchasing System (Aug. 20)
Green Power & LEED Projects (Aug. 26)
SSC Green Auditor Certification (Aug. 26)
How to Create "Green" Benefits (Aug. 27)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
QUESTION: Where can you find millions of pounds of trash, mostly plastic?
HINT: It's the largest trash dump in the world.
ANSWER: The Pacific Ocean.
Wind and ocean current patterns have created the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. The Gyre is composed of the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches, more commonly known collectively as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Gyre contains millions of pounds of trash, most of which is plastic. For more information, watch this CBS 2004 video report or this more recent Oprah 2009 video report.
To bring attention to this problem, one of our favorite environmental photographers, Chris Jordan, has created a piece of Eco-Art entitled Gyre. The image is not photography. It's not even paint. It's "2.4 million pieces of plastic - the estimated number of pounds of plastic that enter the world’s ocean’s every hour!" All the plastic used in the piece of art was collected from the Pacific Ocean.
Below is an image of Gyre by Chris Jordan; notice Mount Fuji in the background.
Here is a closeup of Mount Fuji. You can see this work of art is made from plastic trash gathered from the Pacific Ocean.
Do your part to help: decrease your use of plastics or RECYCLE!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Ready for a chuckle? Check out this video from Onion News Network, entitled "Taco Bell's New Green Menu Takes No Ingredients From Nature."
Taco Bell's New Green Menu Takes No Ingredients From Nature
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Nau's first annual Grant for Change is to support those who instigate lasting, positive change in their communities.
This year's $10,000 grant will highlight the efforts of people who move in the spirit of the Nau Collective…
ATHLETES who are challenging assumptions about what it means to move through the world.
ARTISTS, designers or other creatives who are moved to design better solutions to the world's greatest problems.
ACTIVISTS who are seeding positive change in their communities, and moving others to do the same.
Visit the website to nominate someone. Nominations are open 'til August 17th, the voting 'til August 31st.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Here is your chance to help a local business become more environmentally-friendly by shopping during our Carrotmob event.
When? August 9, 12-6pm
Where? Fox & Obel's Market, 401 East Illinois Street, Chicago
Check out our Carrotmob web page to stay abreast of events! RSVP on our Facebook events page!
What is Carrotmob? Watch these entertaining brief videos.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Here is our list of sustainability and green business webinars found on the Internet which are scheduled throughout July. Remember, save the emissions...do it online!
Introduction to Renewable Energy Credits & Carbon Offsets (July 1)
Corporate Sustainability Officer Master Class (July 6)
Communicating Your Sustainability Initiatives (July 8)
How to Conduct an Energy Audit (July 9)
Green Your Event (July 15)
LEED for Neighborhood Development: Strategies for Urban Infill & Brownfield Redevelopment (July 16)
How to Conduct a Waste Audit (July 16)
Inspiring Sustainable Residential Interiors (July 21)
GHG Inventories (July 22)
Rethinking Recycling - Beyond Paper and Cans (July 22)
Going Green by the Numbers: The Power of Analytics (July 22)
How to Green Your IT (July 23)
Accelerate Time to Value by Maximizing the Green Multiplier Effect (July 24)
Delivering on our Promise: Sustainable Solutions to Achieve our Climate and Economic Goals (July 29)
Green Power & LEED Proejcts (July 29)
Achieving Sustainable Savings with Outdoor Irrigation (July 31)
Monday, May 25, 2009
SunChips and National Geographic have joined forces to create the Green Effect, an initiative to inspire individuals to spark a green movement in their communities.
YOU could be the one to make a difference in your community—for the planet! Submit a description of your Green Effect idea by June 8, 2009. Ten finalists will be announced July 7, 2009. Online viewers and a distinguished panel of judges will review these inspiring ideas.
We'll award $20,000 each to five people or groups that have the best ideas for green change. The five winners will also be profiled in National Geographic, and the winners will travel to Washington, D.C., to share their projects with environmental leaders.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The students explored several green printing practices and ultimately made the recommendation that the College switch to 30% recycled paper, change default printer margins to 0.75" on all College computers, install PaperCut printer management software on all College computers, change default settings on all printers and copiers to duplex (double-sided copies), and install EcoFont as the default font on all computers.
The combined impact of these recommendations implemented in unison would reduce the College's paper and ink purchases and result in at least a 39% cost savings over current methods; this would require the purchase of 151 cases of paper (instead of the current 251 cases) and 26 laser ink cartridges and toner (instead of the current 30 cartridges). The environmental benefits of implementing these recommendations would be
- 87.3 trees saved,
- 11.3 tons of wood saved,
- 16,659 pounds of CO2 emissions prevented,
- 57,753.6 gallons of water saved,
- 33,449.9 kilowatts of electricity saved, and
- 6,985.7 pounds of solid waste prevented.
This project was completed by Amila Barakovic, Brigitte Armato, Chris Watson, Erica Griffin, William Tarter, and Anita Ojeda under the direction of Dr. N. Landrum.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Ethical Issues and Environmental Law, Green and Social Marketing, Ecological Economics,Managerial and Environmental Accounting, and Management: A Triple Bottom Line Approach.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The Coca-Cola Company Introduces Innovative Bottle Made From Renewable, Recyclable, Plant-Based Plastic
ATLANTA, May 14, 2009 - The Coca-Cola Company unveiled today a new plastic bottle made partially from plants. The "PlantBottle™" is fully recyclable, has a lower reliance on a non-renewable resource, and reduces carbon emissions, compared with petroleum-based PET plastic bottles.
"The 'PlantBottle™' is a significant development in sustainable packaging innovation," said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. "It builds on our legacy of environmental ingenuity and sets the course for us to realize our vision to eventually introduce bottles made with materials that are 100 percent recyclable and renewable."
Traditional PET bottles are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. The new bottle is made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30 percent plant-based materials.
"The Coca-Cola Company is a company with the power to transform the marketplace, and the introduction of the "PlantBottle™" is yet another great example of their leadership on environmental issues," said Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund, U.S. "We are pleased to be working with Coke to tackle sustainability issues and drive innovations like this through their supply chain, the broader industry and the world."
The "PlantBottle™" is currently made through an innovative process that turns sugar cane and molasses, a by-product of sugar production, into a key component for PET plastic. Coca-Cola is also exploring the use of other plant materials for future generations of the "PlantBottle™."
Manufacturing the new plastic bottle is more environmentally efficient as well. A life-cycle analysis conducted by Imperial College London indicates the "PlantBottle™" with 30 percent plant-base material reduces carbon emissions by up to 25 percent, compared with petroleum-based PET.
Another advantage to the "PlantBottle™" is that, unlike other plant-based plastics, it can be processed through existing manufacturing and recycling facilities without contaminating traditional PET. So, the material in the "PlantBottle™" can be used, recycled and reused again and again.
Coca-Cola North America will pilot the "PlantBottle™" with Dasani and sparkling brands in select markets later this year and with vitaminwater in 2010. The innovative bottles will be identified through on-package messages and in-store point of sale displays. Web-based communications will also highlight the bottles' environmental benefits.
"The 'PlantBottle™' represents the next step in evolving our system toward the bottle of the future," said Scott Vitters, Director of Sustainable Packaging of The Coca-Cola Company. "This innovation is a real win because it moves us closer to our vision of zero waste with a material that lessens our carbon footprint and is also recyclable."
The Coca-Cola Company -- the first company to introduce a beverage bottle made with recycled plastic -- has been focused on ensuring the sustainability of its packaging for decades. It has put resources behind creating packaging that is recyclable and investing in recycling infrastructure to ensure that its packages are collected, recycled and re-used. Earlier this year, the Company opened the world's largest plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Spartanburg, S.C. The plant will produce approximately 100 million pounds of recycled PET plastic for reuse each year -- the equivalent of nearly 2 billion 20-ounce Coca-Cola bottles. These efforts are all focused on helping "close the loop" on packaging use and produce truly sustainable packages for consumers.
About The Coca-Cola Company The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with nearly 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola®, recognized as the world's most valuable brand, the Company's portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke®, Fanta®, Sprite®, Coca-Cola Zero®, vitaminwater, POWERADE®, Minute Maid® and Georgia® Coffee. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate of nearly 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/index.html
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Here is a list of webinars on sustainability-related topics coming up for the month of May.
Save the emissions...do it online!
Carbon Markets: Offsets, reduction and a head start on future regulation (May 5)
How to Use a Green Lens to Identify Eco-Efficiencies and Cost Savings (May 6)
Green Office: Strategies for a greener work environment (May 7)
Introduction to Green IT (May 7)
Office Greening 101 (May 13)
Conducting a Green IT Assessment (May 14)
Sustainability Indicators & Measurement (May 19)
Guide to Green Purchasing (May 20)
"Green": Going, Going, Gone? (May 21)
Sustainability Consulting 101 (May 26)
Rush Hour on the Sustainability Freeway (May 27)
Green Power & LEED Projects (May 27)
Carbon Offsetting 101 (May 27)
SSC Green Auditor Certification (May 27)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
From the U.S. government's Earthday.gov site, here are some tips on how to take action at work.
Commute for the environment
- Start a carpool or walk, bike, or use mass transportation instead of driving.
- Encourage your employer to be a "Best Workplace for Commuters".
- Learn how every trip you take can affect air quality.
Green your building
- Apply green building principles to your office buildings. They affect natural resources, land use, energy use, worker and public health, and community well being. With sustainable design - or green building - tools, the federal government can protect human health and worker productivity, reduce costs and risks, and build with greater responsibility towards future generations. Green Building principles lead to building in greater harmony with the environment, consciously sustaining and renewing natural resources.
- Go Green with GSA. The U.S. Government Services Administration has many environmental initiatives to help federal agencies Go Green. These initiatives range from green products to constructing and leasing green buildings.
- Clean Green. Using environmentally preferable cleaning supplies helps reduce pollution.
Reduce energy use
- Use Energy Star's energy-efficient office products. Make sure that you turn on the energy saving features.
- Turn off your computer monitor, printers, copy machines, and the lights when they are not being used.
- If possible, take the stairs instead of using the elevator.
- Use the consumer's guide to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle office products
- Buy recycled content, remanufactured, and recyclable office products, and recycle them when appropriate (including e-cycling electronics). At a minimum, buy recycled paper and recycle it again. See the small business guide to pollution prevention for more information: http://www.epa.gov/ecycling/index.htm.
- Clean Out Your Files and recycle papers you no longer need. Many organizations sponsor cleaning weeks; check with your office management staff.
- Use spell check and proofread before you print or copy. Print double sided whenever possible. Minimize the amount of paper you use.
- Buy reusable office supplies instead of disposable supplies.
- Set up an area to store and exchange reusable office supplies, such as binders
- Recycle fluorescent bulbs properly to prevent hazardous mercury from entering the environment.
In addition to these items, check the Environmental Protection Agency's "At the Workplace" page.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Business Week has published its annual list of the overall Best Undergraduate Business Programs. The rankings also list the best undergraduate business programs by specific disciplines: marketing, corporate strategy, financial management, quantitative methods, ethics, business law, calculus, microeconomics, operations management, macroeconomics, and accounting.
For the first time, the rankings identified the best 101 undergraduate business programs in sustainability. Interestingly, none of the 11 top-ranked best undergraduate business programs even placed in the sustainability rankings.
Top 10 Best Business Programs in Sustainability
- Boston College (Carroll)
- Xavier (Williams)
- George Washington
- Richmond (Robins)
- Cal Poly (Orfalea)
- Massachusetts (Isenberg)
- Rensselaer Polytech (Lally)
- Wake Forest (Calloway)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Every company on this list makes a substantial investment in creating a perception that they are friendlier to the environment than their peers are or that they are on the side of good or that saving the global ecosystem should be part of a corporation’s broad public responsibility–its good citizenship. These firms often spend millions of dollars on advertising to support the way that their companies are perceived in the green world. But, hidden behind these efforts, each corporation on this list is a Herculean polluter. And, that fact points to a hypocrisy which is almost completely hidden from the public.
So who made the list?
- General Electric
- American Electric Power
- Archer Daniels Midland
- Waste Management, Inc.
- International Paper
- Dow Chemical
- General Motors
To read a full description of why each company is on this list or to read the methodology, check out the 24/7 Wall St. article.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sustainable business and green business webinars for April 2009 include:
Reduce Costs While on the Road to Sustainability - Measure, Manage and Reduce the Environmental Costs of your Buildings (April 2)
Cut Costs and Carbon with Your Real Estate Assets (April 8)
Green Energy eForum (April 8)
Meeting Tenant Demands for LEED (April 8)
Comprehensive Approaches to Stormwater Management for Higher Education (April 14)
Understanding Sustainable Dining Options for Higher Education (April 15)
Office Greening 101 (April 15)
Greening Your Office Operations (April 16)
Local Food Networks: Food Localization as a Sustainability Strategy (April 21)
Sustainability Careers for MBAs (April 21)
Sustainability Consulting 101 (April 21)
LEED Case Study: Challenges and Opportunities in Negotiating a Green Transaction (April 22)
A Guide to Green Purchasing (April 22)
Carbon Offsetting (April 29)
Save the emissions...do it online!