Five Questions to Energize Sustainable Innovation Discussions

“In order for sustainable innovation processes to take root within a business, it is critical to develop business logic that integrates sustainability with the core objectives and capabilities of the firm.” This was the lead-in to a recent...

Shifting the Mindsets of Business Sustainability Leaders

“As sustainability professionals, the work we are doing right now is critically important to the health of the world. We can’t do it alone, yet we often struggle to sell sustainability within our organizations. Initiatives pitched for the greater...

How Will Sustainability Factor into the 2015 Business Planning Cycle?

For many management teams, it is that time of year when the business begins its planning for the coming year.  Companies, large and small, are laying out budgets, strategies and work plans that they feel will help their businesses prosper in 2015.  ...

Your Green Business Road Map for 2015

Not all businesses and individuals are at the same level of sustainability understanding or implementation.  Whether your company is just becoming familiar with the concept of business sustainability or is sustainability leader in your industry,...

Creating Value Alignment with Stakeholders around Sustainability

Do you experience business sustainability resistance within your organization?  Do you feel like sustainability concepts are working against the flow?  The direction of resistance is often directly related to the source of new ideas, the nature...

Making Purchases Count - Organic and Fair Trade - What it Means and Why it Matters

Perhaps the green movement has caught your attention and you'd like to get on board but don't know where to begin. Two commonly used terms are organic and fair trade.  As an entry point to green living, exploring what organic and fair trade mean can...

What You Need to Know about Social Media Engagement for Sustainability

One of the great challenges facing sustainability, especially business sustainability, is the ability to measure success. The other challenge, is communicating that success in meaningful, relevant ways to interested stakeholders.  As adoption of...

Steps to Develop a Sustainable Innovation Organizational Structure

"There are three challenges that stand in the way of innovation and growth: lack of available talent, the need for business models more accommodating to innovation, and protectionist reflexes. Executives agree that greater efforts at collaboration...

Invoke Your Sustainability Superpowers! Here's How!

Super powers are cool.  They  invoke the imagination of superhuman qualities capable of tacking any challenge and succeeding. In many ways, the call for sustainability invokes the better qualities of us as humans.  If we were to have sustainability...

Sustainable Logistics Can Take Your Supply Chain to the Next Level

Driven by a wide variety of business sustainability goals and objectives, leading companies have refocused attentions on the supply chain.  Primarily addressing upstream opportunities, the expanded sustainable supply chain management conversation now...

Questions for Your Sustainable Category Management Plan

Building of a comprehensive business sustainability plan includes incorporating sustainability concepts in the supply chain.  As part of this effort, we do our best to keep up with the latest happenings on all business sustainability fronts,...

The Role Green Teams Play in Advancing Sustainability

In addition to executive management playing a critical role in the success of a company, business sustainability requires leadership across the entire organization.  While management may ultimately carry the responsibility of sustainable...

What Are the Key Steps to Sustainable Breakthrough Change?

The most successful transitioning leaders are not shy about making changes in their new organizations and have the skills required to successfully drive that change. In fact, possessing change management skills increases the likelihood of transition...

8 Magic Sustainability Spells to Cast this Halloween

Looking to cast some magic this Halloween but need a little help?  Maybe a love potion would do the trick!    Perhaps a magic spell?  As a green living consultant, I've been known to cast a little magic of my own.  In my sustainability consulting,...

5 Magical Mindsets for Halloween to Create Sustainability Success

What seasonal spells would you cast for Halloween?  Do you need a crystal ball? A flying broomstick?  Or, just maybe, could your mind be your superpower?  Many say that thought power is the key to creating reality. Everything you perceive in the...

How to Slay Energy Vampires for Halloween

As a country we pay more than $1 billion a year to power our TV's and VCR's while they're turned off.  Also, the U.S. Department of Energy tells us that not only do appliances continue to draw electricity while the products are turned off, but in the...

7 Ways to Make Social Media Work for Your Green Business

Is the sustainability movement here to stay?  What about social media? Many argue that sustainable business strategies, as well as, social media are just fads or passing trends.  Yet, within our sustainability consulting practice, we argue,...

What Everybody Ought to Know About Sustainability and Small Business

Owning a small business has never been for the faint of heart, and over the past decade radical shifts in government policy, the financial world, and technology (particularly how we communicate) have presented even more challenges — and opportunities...

How Can Small Business Capture the Value of Sustainability?

“We want to create change and make a profit. We want to improve systems and pay our employees well. We want to innovate, create and produce and we want to do it with all resources, all stakeholders, including the earth, in the forefront of our minds....

Green Thinking As Pathway to Changing Habits

"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...