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.

Session 7 – SEND Series: Integrating Sustainability into Operations

By Wendy Firlotte, Employee Engagement for Sustainability Specialist What do we mean by integrating sustainability?    When a company begins implementing new sustainability programming, it is often seen as something new and perhaps separate from day to day work.  Many see it as – … Continue reading

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Sustaining Effective Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations

Momentum is a funny thing; when you have it – it seems like it could magically go on forever.  But in reality, it takes much insight, planning, and energy to sustain and build it.  It seems, this is true of … Continue reading

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SEND – Session 6 – Participation – overcoming barriers and competing priorities

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Session 5: Beyond Start up – dealing with plateaus and revitalizing programs (SEND)

Wendy gained experience as the Sustainability Engagement Manager for a large multi-national engineeing firm with 171 offices. By Wendy Firlotte, Sustainability Engagement Practitioner. Sustainability engagement programs thrive with involved and enthusiastic employees.  Enthusiasm drives inspiration, motivation, commitment and increased chances … Continue reading

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Are we stuck in a ‘shallow’ partnership culture?

Last week in Tim Draimin’s, webinar “Getting Started on Social Innovation”, he explained that we are stuck in a “shallow partnership culture”. This really struck a cord with me. Let me be clear, I don’t think any of my present … Continue reading

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Making Urgent, Deep Change for Sustainability – The Emergence of Social Innovation

I stand at the US customs booth in the airport on my way to Chicago using my best “sustainability” elevator speech on the Agent.  “I am going to a conference on sustainability,” I say. “Really,” he says studying my passport more … Continue reading

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Internal Benchmarking & Office Rating Systems – Sustainability Engagement Network Discussion (SEND) Series (4)

By Wendy Firlotte, Sustainability Engagement Practitioner. Whether your organization is just starting a sustainability employee engagement program or currently has one that is in need of some revitalization, benchmarking and office rating systems are useful tools.  This type of framework … Continue reading

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Collaboration or Collision – facing down the barriers of sustainability transformation

Collaboration is complicated.  I am working with a non-governmental organization (NGO) to bring together four other non-governmental organizations, one municipal government with multiple engaged departments (energy, water, transportation, waste, wellbeing), two utilities, businesses  and neighbourhood groups to launch a city-wide conservation … Continue reading

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Making Change for Sustainability – a wicked problem?

WANTED: Sustainability Change Process – must be simple to understand and able to generate significant long-term results with minimal short-term financial investment.  Candidates must be able to motivate and inspire others to achieve collective and individual action. Resulting change should … Continue reading

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Why Sustainability Does and Doesn’t Resonate with Some People

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