Green business

Reducing use of BPA and BPS Thermal Paper in the Hospitality Sector

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This whitepaper describes how assistance and education to businesses can reduce use of thermal paper receipts and potential exposure to the chemical. It details several steps businesses can take and what reduction they can expect. It also addresses issues such as communicating with employees and customers and the alternative papers available.

NRDC: sustainability saving Chinese textile mills money

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On its fast-track path to global leadership in manufacturing, China had not until recently factored in environmental costs, and Mother Nature finally has come to collect…But a new NRDC report, released today, suggests that there may be a growing business case for China’s textile manufacturers to change course.

Joe Biden, green jobs and 5 paths to a more sustainable economy

GreenBiz’s Mike Hower describes five key takeaways from Joe Biden’s speech BlueGreen Alliance’s Good Jobs Green Jobs conference. He focuses on how we might accelerate deployment of renewable energy, scale up energy efficiency in built environments and upgrade or repair energy distribution systems.

 

5 ways to boost sustainability’s value proposition for CFOs

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Until very recently, most CFOs viewed sustainability as someone else’s job — a matter of compliance or philanthropy unrelated to the pressing concerns that typically keep financial executives up at night.

A growing number of prominent CFOs have adopted a sharply different view and, in so doing, are sending the following powerful message to their peers: take a closer look at sustainability, and you’ll find increasing opportunities for value creation — especially in dealing with pressures to reduce short-term business costs and strengthen your organization’s foundation for long-term growth.

This is one of the key findings of a new research effort (PDF) by our organizations — Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) and World Environment Center (WEC) — to examine the evolving roles of CFOs at major global companies in light of rising pressures on companies to connect financial management with sustainability.

Struggling with community engagement? Try partnering with a nonprofit

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Engagement with communities is an important aspect of business sustainability and key to a healthy relationship amongst stakeholders. Ensuring that community engagement is done in an effective and quality way, however, can be difficult.

It is important to remember that although your business may have incredible resources and expertise in your particular field, those do not necessarily translate well to community development. One of the best ways of participating in a meaningful way is to partner with a quality non-profit and help them to provide their services through their expertise.

Non-profit organizations spend a great deal of time raising money, writing grants and ensuring their financial viability. By partnering with a non-profit, your business can relieve some of this pressure, allowing the organization to focus on its strengths and the services they provide. It is to the advantage of your business, the non-profit and the communities they work with to build a partnership.

What if companies and their buildings actually enhanced ecosystems?

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What if building codes actually required new projects to enhance a certain number of ecosystem services — such as sequestering carbon, building topsoil, enhancing pollination, increasing biodiversity or purifying water and air?

Is it possible that a city could be functionally indistinguishable from the wild landscape around it? And what if companies ultimately built factories that truly enhanced ecosystem services?

These were the big questions that biologist and biomimicry expert Janine Benyus posed during her keynote presentation at the recent International Living Future Institute’s 2015 unConference in Seattle.

Green Good Housekeeping Seal: It’s all in the data

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There’s so much talk about Big Data nowadays that the importance of “little” data gets lost in the conversation. Yes, Big Data — large scale aggregation of thousands and even millions of data points — is vital for making predictive analytics based on patterns of behavior or preferences.  In the environmental arena, Big Data is potentially useful for addressing issues ranging from climate change to loss of forest cover.

But when it comes to determining whether a single product is “green,” the small details can make the difference.

With many companies trying to gain an edge on becoming more environmentally responsible — whether for corporate social responsibility, cost saving or marketing purposes — we thought we’d share some recommendations and observations about the data tracking and internal collaboration companies need in order to make significant environmental advances. These reflections are based on our work with products that have been considered for the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, a multi-criteria environmental evaluation that is an overlay to the 100-plus-year-old Good Housekeeping Seal.