Author Archives: Kathryn Cooper

About Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper is a committed sustainability practitioner and educator moving companies toward “green” profitability and sustainable competitive advantage by unlocking human creativity and technical innovation. Over the last two years she has had the privilege to work with companies like Dupont, Zerofootprint, WWF Canada, and Partners in Project Green on sustainability issues, best practices and renewable energy. Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education specializing on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.

Driving massive change through creative collaboration – is there still time for the bees?

“Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds.”  This is the headline in the Guardian, May 9th, 2014.  The most recent study by  Dr. Chensheng Lu, an expert on environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health, … Continue reading

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Great News! It Doesn’t Take a Visionary to Change the World

Take heart. According to Researcher Sandra Waddock “a personal desire to make a difference” – matters. As reported by the Network for Business Sustainability, Waddock studied the emerging systems and institutions that frame the discussion of corporate sustainability and responsibility today.  She found … Continue reading

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Gameification of Systems Thinking Training

How would you rate your understanding of systems thinking? I want to share a downloadable, fun and practical toolkit that will increase your success. We live in a world of systems.  The traffic you drove through this morning, financial markets, … Continue reading

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Climate Inaction – Cost to Taxpayers

I think the saying goes – “a penny wise – a pound foolish”.  It is one of those idioms that you wonder just where it came from and how long its been around.  But it sure rang true this week … Continue reading

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Guelph Sustainable Commerce Program Meets UN Responsible Management Principles

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I recently discovered the UN  Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).   Under the coordination of the UN Global Compact and leading academic institutions, the PRME task force developed in 2007 a set of six principles which lay the foundation … Continue reading

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Session 9: Reporting – Purpose and Content (Sustainability Engagement Network Discussion

By Wendy Firlotte, Employee Engagement for Sustainability Specialist To follow the topic of the last SEND series post on tracking and measurement, this month will focus on the next step, reporting. The information we collect to track and measure progress … Continue reading

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Sustainability Engagement Network Discussion (SEND) Series # 8: Tracking and Measurement

By Wendy Firlotte, Employee Engagement for Sustainability Specialist Measurement, monitoring, evaluating and reporting sustainability engagement is essential to the effectiveness of your program.  Feedback loops and processes for continual reflection, evaluation, learning and improvement provide evidence of the program’s value, … Continue reading

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Reducing Green House Gasses by Analyzing Household Environmental Footprints

Reducing Green House Gasses By Analyzing Household Environmental Footprints: Study (via http://www.toolsforgreenliving.com/) Reducing the amount of energy we consume domestically could do more than reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this light, scientists in Switzerland conducted a study published in the … Continue reading

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Study Identifies Benefits and Potential Environmental/Health Impacts of Lithium-ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles

Study Identifies Benefits and Potential Environmental/Health Impacts of Lithium-ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles (via PR Newswire) Life Cycle Assessment Highlights Ways to Reduce Global Warming Emissions, Addresses Nanotechnology Innovations to Improve Battery Performance BETHESDA, Md., May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — … Continue reading

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Four Natural Laws of Creating Sustainability Ambassadors

Culture change toward sustainability, safety or even quality isn’t quick or easy.   Yet, Environmental Health and Safety Managers are often expected to lead these cultural transformations with minimal staff and resources.  Leveraging Employee Ambassadors can build a community of excellence … Continue reading

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