Day: August 3, 2012

Green Leadership

Douglas LaBier has a two-part post on the Huffington Post’s Business blog about green leadership. The first post provides a definition. The second discusses how to develop and foster a green leadership mentality.

When sustainability meets human resources

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

For many, the nexus between sustainability and human resources is an intangible one. As a sustainability recruiter, I live at this intersection — and witness it being tested every time I begin a candidate search.

For the HR professional, being an “employer of choice” is synonymous with sustainability. After all, one of the main tenets of sustainability is maximizing the positive benefits of a business’ operations for all stakeholders.

For sustainability professionals, the HR team primarily represents employees as a stakeholder group, playing a critical part in forming “green teams” and encouraging employee engagement on environmental and other issues.

A Glimpse of the Alternative Fuel Future

Read the full post at New York Times Green.

While a variety of new fuel technologies are advancing, policy makers can be assured that the internal combustion engine will remain dominant for decades, the National Petroleum Council told the Department of Energy on Wednesday in a report.

The report from the council, an advisory agency, was drawn up in response to requests from the department for counsel on how to accelerate the adoption of new fuels and technologies, from compressed natural gas to fuel cells to biofuels, between now and 2050. One of the nation’s biggest energy problems is that nearly all of its ground transportation fuel is derived from oil.

Think Outside the Bin

Earth911’s Tumblr blog has great ideas for nifty creative reuse projects.

Webinar: Documenting Avoided Emissions from Energy Efficiency Programs

Wed, Aug 8, 2012 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
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Please join us for the 15th webinar in this series on evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V).  Our panel of experts will discuss how state agencies are documenting the air quality and emissions-reductions benefits of energy efficiency programs, with a special focus on calculation methods and policy drivers.

With the release of U.S. EPA’s new “EE/RE Roadmap Manual” – intended to help states account for the emission impacts of clean energy in State Implementation Plans (SIPs) for air quality – there is renewed interest in understanding the emissions impacts of energy efficiency programs and policies.  Two of the steps that interested states and municipalities can take are to understand the basic steps involved in avoided-emissions calculations and to learn from jurisdictions that have completed this analysis.

This webinar presents an opportunity to hear directly from states and experts involved in quantifying the emissions impacts of energy efficiency.  There will also be time for discussion between the audience members and webinar speakers.

Our panel of experts will discuss how state agencies are documenting the energy savings and environmental benefits of ratepayer-funded efficiency programs, with a special focus on current EM&V status, trends, and emerging issues for states.  This webinar presents an opportunity for states to learn how other jurisdictions are managing these challenges and opportunities with EM&V. There will also be significant time for discussion among the audience members and the webinar speakers.

Pet products to please you and the planet too

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network. Note that the story features products for dogs and cats only (my rabbits will be disappointed).

We’ve rounded up some upcycled, Earth-friendly and just generally cool stuff.

Got ideas for eco-friendly school supplies?

Read the full post at Mother Nature Network.

It’s back-to-school season, and you know what that means. Fresh notebooks, sharp colored pencils, and crisp, clean backpacks. Shopping for school supplies was my bliss as a child. That, and cookie dough. Now getting green school supplies is easy because there are so many options out there.

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