Monthly Archives: August 2010

More Regulation Please – New Toxic Use Reduction Act Increases Business Profitability by doing More with Less

At a time when cost-cutting, frugality and thriftiness are prime business strategies, it seems counterintuitive to expect compliance with new regulations to increase business competitiveness. Yet Gregory Unruh says green screens and associated materials parsimony will do just that for your company.
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Choice Words for a Green Audience

Gobbledygook! There. I said it. This may seem like an odd choice for the first word of my first ever blog post, but I chose it for two reasons. First, it’s a fun little term with all kinds of extra … Continue reading

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Global CEOs say “complexity of implementation” is greatest barrier to business sustainability

Global CEOs say “complexity of implementation” is greatest barrier to business sustainability – meanwhile on the ground, environmentally conscious markets demand ISO 14001 in supply chains. Do you see the connection? Continue reading

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Getting on with the Business of Sustainability

Getting on with the business of being sustainable is the theme for our newest newsletter. Many businesses have transcended the “why be sustainable” and have moved onto “how does my business become sustainable”. Our training programs this Fall focus on … Continue reading

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Toxics Reduction Planning Saves Company $ 675,000

The “mythical” sustainability sweet spot does exist. While many companies raise concerns about the recently enacted Toxics Reduction Act and regulations, other companies see the opportunity to take a “multimedia” approach to reduction that leads to big savings on the bottom line. Continue reading

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Sustainability – Where industrial ecology & business collide

After studying countless companies Unruh has settled upon a set of “Biosphere Rules” or industrial ecology principles that businesses can and have implemented. When taken together they are the basis for sustainability in business. Continue reading

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Why your world is about to get a whole lot smaller: oil and the end of globalization

The failure of the recent Climate Change discussions in the U.S. Congress sent me scurrying back to some of the books I read in the last year. After all, did I miss something? Were all those countless Climate Change articles, books and research reports wrong? Am I the only one feeling an immense sense of urgency to act “now”?

Since Prime Minister Harper is continuing to tell us that the economy must take precedence at this critical point in history, I returned to the first book I ever read written by an economist, “Why your world is about to get a whole lot smaller: oil and the end of globalization,” by Jeff Rubin, former Chief Economist at CIBC World Markets. Here is my review of this book. Continue reading

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