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Ideas to make your business more eco-friendly

There are a number of ways that you can make your business more eco-friendly and benefit the environment. You’ll also very possibly further your own business objectives. If you are thinking that those two above objectives are in irreconcilable conflict with each other, well, they’re not! Very large numbers of people these days are increasingly …

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Fitting into the New Economy

Like other industries, construction companies feel the negative effects of the recent economic downturn. A decrease in new home construction and remodeling projects means contractors work less and make less money. There is hope, however. As the Great Recession recedes into history, the future holds bright possibilities for construction business growth. Hurricane Sandy might have …

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Getting Green Business Done…with Eco-friendly business cards

When it comes to customer loyalty, there are few better opportunities to make a good first impression than with the business card. Businesses working in the field of sustainability are often, for better or worse, held to a higher standard in their business dealings than more conventional businesses. After all, if green consumers are to …

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Which companies are doing the most solar? Costco? REI? Google? Mars?!?

Companies are looking to renewable energy in growing numbers, both for cost-savings in the long term, but also for public relations benefits. Whatever the motivation, these companies are moving markets by creating demand for renewables in their many forms. The list below is a top 20 of companies that have gone solar. The list contains …

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Defining the Qualities of Business Sustainability Leaders

In the guest post below, Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company, discusses the skills leaders need for a sustainable business future. In business, every function has a purpose and every job requires a unique set of skills in order to fulfill on that purpose.  When it comes to defining rolls for a …

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The Business Sustainability Option Period is Expiring

In the guest post below, Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company, discusses how different stakeholders do not consider sustainability as optional. There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment – and …

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Opportunities for CEOs in 2011 – Trust Tops the List

In the guest post below, Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company, discusses the importance of consumer trust. The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action. – Frank Herbert Studies show there is a growing disconnect between company perception and reality.  …

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Dumb Mailing Moves That Hurt the Environment

We all want to talk about big, grand ideas for saving the environment. How about taking small, incremental steps like, say, not mailing big huge, bulky packages to the wrong people? I was browsing an industry discussion group recently and the the co-owner of an interactive marketing firm — you know, one of those creative, …

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How to Build Business Sustainability Intelligence

In the guest post below, Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company, explains how managing sustainability risk can become a business opportunity. by Julie Urlaub The next time you have a moment, try a simple exercise: write down the five biggest risks facing your company, the five biggest opportunities on the immediate horizon, …

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REI Releases 2009 Stewardship Report

Recreational Equipment, Inc (REI) released its fourth annual stewardship report or CSR report earlier this week. The report is divided into three sections: Environment, Community and People. The Environment section highlights progress against REI’s five environmental target areas, which include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable paper usage, reducing waste and optimizing recycling, green building and …

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Walmart and Seventh Generation Join Forces to Bring Sustainable Products to the Masses

Indeed, sustainable business makes for strange bedfellows. Just this week, Seventh Generation announced it will soon offer its environmentally-friendly products in more than 1500 Walmart stores nationwide and on Walmart.com. And according to Treehugger, this is a complete about-face for the “esteemed nontoxic, enviro-friendly household product maker”. Not so long ago, Seventh Generation refused to …

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Green-Savvy Entrepreneurship in One of the United States’ Most Sustainable Cities

Pittsburgh once again finds itself on a “top list” of sustainability. Site Selection magazine just released its inaugural sustainability index where Pittsburgh is ranked 6th among metro cities based on Green Industry; number of LEED Certified projects; LEED Certified projects per capita and level of incentives support for green projects.

New Sustainability Program for Business Leaders

WWF and Leading Business School IMD Team Up to Offer Innovative Sustainability Program — One Planet Leaders. IMD, a leading business school located in Switzerland, has just teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to offer an innovative training program geared at driving sustainability into the core of your business. The program, One Planet …

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