Transforming Global Risk into Sustainability Opportunities

For years and even decades, when faced with the realities of increased business risk, increased cost or the lost revenue, the business world has inevitably responded.  Such has been the case with water, carbon, and energy management becoming...

How to Train Your Brain for Business Sustainability

The ability to remain open to test new ideas and innovative frameworks has already proven to be a successful business sustainability strategy.  Organizations that continuously assess and reassess the needs of their internal and external stakeholders...

Easy Ways to Green Your Back to School Days

With summer nearing an end and children headed back to school, now is a great time to have a discussion with your family about sustainable living and building that back to school checklist.  Going back to school is an exciting time.  It can also be a...

New Insights Into Sustainable Employee Engagement

Business sustainability presents the unique opportunity to increase profitability, gain and maintain a competitive advantage over the competition, and create meaningful work in the process.   What is the key?  Value alignment.  But how can...

Easy Steps To Build Momentum in Green Living

"Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious." ~ Bill Meyer As Charles Reade said, "Sow a thought, and you reap an act. Sow an act, and you reap a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and...

What is Community Engagement for Sustainability Communications and Why is it Important?

Social and environmental responsibility remains an important part of a communication strategy for today’s organizations.  Now, thanks to social media, there are more tools than ever to increase stakeholder engagement and share your sustainability...

Waste is A Problem and Here’s What You Can Do About it

Here's the problem:  According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Forty percent of food produced in the United States ends up in a landfill. The amount of food we throw away has ballooned 50 percent since the 1970s. And, the facts on food...

What Can Bingo Teach Us About Sustainable Business Culture?

“If your R&D employees aren’t proactively sharing knowledge and insights across dispersed centers, you may have a culture problem…if your company takes a top secret approach to product development by restricting access to only those involved on...

Continuously Enhancing Sustainable Product Deliveries

The shift in consumer expectations over the past few years has changed the landscape of new product development.  Executives now realize the growing need to engage a broader set of stakeholders in their product development and design.  However, many...

Eco Actions You Can Take Today for World Elephant Day

The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies...

Learn How to Grow Your Business with Your Sustainability Story

As consumers continue to scrutinize business sustainability actions and new product developments, there remains an increasing need to be transparent with more credible information. Labeling a product or service with basic eco awareness just doesn't...

3 Ways for Small Business to Engage Employees in Sustainability

Small businesses may not have the funds to go green or even implement a comprehensive corporate sustainability plan but that doesn't mean that resources and measures aren't available to help the business and employees embrace business sustainability....

Sustainability Quotes to Inspire Eco Action

"The earth is what we all have in common."  ~ Wendell Barry Since we are all in the same boat (on the same planet), doesn't it make sense that we should all be interested in making this world into a better one?  If we only knew how.  Actually, we do. ...

Tips for Getting Executives on Board with Social Media for Sustainability Communications

Executive engagement on social media is critical for sustainability.  Yet, getting executives to engage their personal brands, much less their company’s sustainability journey, is a major challenge.  Why?  Part of the reason is that they are...

What Small Business Owners Think About Sustainability and What to Do About It

While service industries don't have smokestacks and may have less environmental impacts than a manufacturing facility, they too can benefit from sustainable business strategies to mitigate risks and capture new business opportunities.  It is...

What is the Role of Knowledge Management in Business Sustainability?

The ability to define, implement and manage future business opportunities depends largely on the availability and quality of information. Knowledge Management is a process that extends beyond the flow of traditional business process.  It focuses on...

Building Skills for a Sustainable Innovation Culture

“When it comes to setting performance objectives, most R&D organizations use technical activities related to their workers’ day-to-day responsibilities.  But if you want your direct reports to develop the behavioral competencies that...

Take Baby Steps in Sustainable Living for Greater Gains

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  --  Confucius Most of us recognize that change can be unsettling.  It can be scary, and too often it is just easier to slip back into a traditional and comfortable way of doing things. ...

ReThinking is Key to Creating Receptivity to Sustainability

We tend to assume that people behave in accordance with their attitudes. However, social psychologists have found that attitudes and actual behavior are not always perfectly aligned.  As we've shared in earlier posts, the gap between eco awareness...

The Power Of Green Dreams

"We grow great by dreams.  All big men are dreamers.  They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening.  Some of us let our dreams die, but others nourish and protect them, nurse them through bad days...