1st Electric Car Highlights From 1st Cleantech Revolution Tour Conference

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The initial Cleantech Revolution Tour conference that we held in Berlin was a lot of fun, and the presentations were packed with interesting facts, figures, charts, and jokes. We had a blast, and there’s no way to share all of the conversations, connections, and laughs (which is why I encourage you to come to our Leipzig conference or another future event). But I did spend essentially the whole day going through some of the electric vehicle presentations in…

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How to Green a Burrito or Fresh-Mex Restaurant: Top 10 Sustainable Strategies

Want to green your Fresh-Mex or burrito place?  There are some sustainable strategies unique to both restaurants in general and those which serve cuisine like burritos, tacos, and nachos.  Here are the top 10: Organi-fy your staples. Beans and rice are a staple on most Mexican/Fresh-Mex menus, and represent the grand majority of the calories you’ll be delivering. The great news is that this is an easy thing to get organic without breaking the bank. At our local food co-op,…

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Urban Metabolism and Re-Nuble

In the three years since I founded my own company, I have learned that linkages are borne out of the unlikeliest of places. Five years ago, I was sitting with my colleague, Ranjith Annepu, discussing an idea Karl Marx first introduced – urban metabolism. Urban metabolism studies cities as if they were organisms, which exchange materials and energy from their surroundings to sustain life. This concept, was inspiring to both Ranjith and I because a majority of the human population…

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Which Sustainable Companies Are the Best for the World?

Originally published on Green Living Ideas. By Andrea Bertoli Who are the companies that are changing their business model for a better world? Sometimes it’s the smaller companies you’ve never heard of that slowly shift the paradigm of business as usual, while other times it’s large multinational corporations changing how business is done at the top. But it’s difficult to find a definitive rating. Some surveys will look at only environmental criteria, while others will take components like social justice,…

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The Benefits & Challenges of Sustainable Business

In this webinar recording from publisher Berrett-Koehler, Tom Szaky, founder of Terracycle, discusses the benefits and challenges of building and running a sustainable business with journalist Brad Edmondson. The hour-long recording covers a variety of topics of interest to green business and sustainable business owners, including how to stay true to your business values in the face of growth, how to avoid greenwashing in your messaging, and the opportunities and risks of partnering with other companies.

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How Sustainability Creates Value for a Business

This short video, from Sustainability Illustrated, explores how businesses can create value from their sustainability efforts. All too often, sustainability initiatives can be seen as something extra that has to be done, or something that takes away from the bottom line, instead of seeing sustainability as an integral part of a great business, which adds to the triple bottom line. Direct link to video

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Eliminating Waste Could Save $2.9 Trillion Every Year

Originally published on Planetsave. By Piotr Jędrzejuk Did you know that McKinsey & Co. has estimated that the world could save $2.9 trillion annually just by eliminating wasted energy? The following video explains how… and so much more! In the video, Jonathan T. Scott, who has helped hundreds of companies in over a dozen countries save millions of dollars in costs, explains how and why businesses can reduce unnecessary expenses and increase profits by understanding the basic building blocks of…

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Doing Well by Doing Good: The Case for Corporate Sustainability

The movement toward starting greener, more sustainable, businesses isn’t new, because ecopreneurs have been making waves in the sustainable business world long before the word sustainable was used to describe them, but taking an existing business, especially a big one, and transforming it a company that values and supports environmental stewardship is something of a rarity. However, it can be done, as Ray Anderson demonstrated with his company, Interface, the world’s largest maker of carpet tile, which has made huge…

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Consumer Education is Key Factor in Sustainability Success

More and more, big companies have a growing responsibility, not just to help their bottom line, but to promote significant positive behaviors that contribute to a healthier world. That often means going above and beyond company-wide sustainable initiatives—it means committing to consumer education programs and encouraging audiences to be a part of the responsibility we all bear for protecting the environment. As Vice President of Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co., it’s my job to make sure our company acts…

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