Tag Archives: sustainable business

Green: The Color of Money, Trees and (Hopefully) Our Future

Green Island with Business City

Guest post by Lisa Humbert Sure, green might be an overused buzzword in our current economy, but some businesses genuinely operate under the premise of a double bottom line: profit AND doing good things for the earth. According to the EPA, there are over 971 known pollutants that ravage our air, and the majority of them are caused by industry and car exhaust. It’s …

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The Business Community Moves Toward Sustainability

Businesses are fast adopting sustainability as a core component of their business mission

Initially, corporate sustainability was a tertiary practice that focused on reporting; increasingly, it is influencing core strategic business decisions. A proactive stance on sustainability is becoming a competitive necessity to attract investors, source talent, meet the requirements of supply chain partners, and address growing consumer demand. Companies are seeing the value of operating in ways that address environmental concerns, health and safety issues and operational risks. They increasingly understand that good …

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Green Investing Guidance

Kenneth Flats Offshore wind farm is an example of investment dollars used to build a sustainable green economy

Responsible investing is a critically important way of driving social change and advancing environmental sustainability. Investing in environmentally and socially conscious businesses provide jobs and help the green economy to grow. A judicious allocation of financial resources is essential in the face of environmental degradation, widespread scarcity, population expansion, accelerating consumption, climate change and unprecedented price volatility. Investors have succeeded in pushing many companies to …

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What Does Sustainability Mean in a Service Industry?

Defining sustainability for the service industry

Discussion of sustainability efforts in the marketplace often revolves around the manufacturing sector. However, goods-producing industries accounted for only about 12 percent of jobs in the United States in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Service providers, meanwhile, made up about 78 percent of American jobs. Certainly, a fast food franchise, IT consulting firm or nursing home doesn’t have the environmental impact …

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European Elections and Sustainable Development in America

European voters rejected austerity in favor of growth. What will that mean for sustainable development in the US?

In Europe, voters have chosen growth over austerity and this has implications for the U.S. economy and sustainable development. The Greek and French electorate’s rejection of austerity will have a dramatic effect on European spending, including investments in sustainability. These changes can also be expected to reverberate across the Atlantic. In France, Francois Hollande’s presidential victory has derailed Nicholas Sarkozy’s austerity policies and in Greece, …

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Is Sustainable Development Viable?

Aspects of strategic and coordinated action for sustainable development:

Although it is clear that growth within the current economic paradigm is environmentally unsustainable, it is less clear whether the adoption of sustainable development can save our planet from environmental collapse. Countries are aggressively trying to stimulate their economies and create new jobs while at the same time, it is becoming increasingly obvious that we urgently need to address a range of far-reaching environmental problems. In 2011 the International …

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US Climate Denial versus European and Asian Sustainable Growth

sharing the facts with climate change deniers

While much of the rest of the world seems to see the dangers of climate change, many Americans appear to be woefully oblivious. Embracing a green, low-carbon economy is a sustainable way of dealing with the problems of resource depletion, economic uncertainty and climate change. Europeans understand the severity of the threat posed by climate change far better than Americans. An October 2011, Eurobarometer poll found …

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