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.

Sustainability Engagement Network Discussion (SEND) Series – Session 3 – Communicating with Frontline Staff

By Wendy Firlotte, Employee Engagement for Sustainability Specialist How to effectively communicate with and engage frontline staff is a common concern for many organizations.  It is particularly challenging to reach staff that are regularly out in the field or do … Continue reading

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“Focus” Paves the Way to Engagement Across a Large Organization

It is a “wicked” problem.  How do you engage thousands of employees across 600 sites in your  sustainability program?  In our recent Sustainability Engagement Network Dialogue (SEND) one of the participants had just that problem. Focus is key, notes Wendy … Continue reading

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Engaging Employees in Sustainability – balancing the local/corporate focus

Addressing scope: local vs corporate plans and activities – Session 2 – Sustainability Engagement Dialogue(SEND) By Wendy Firlotte, Employee Engagement for Sustainability Specialist Wendy gained experience as the Sustainability Engagement Manager for a large multi-national engineering firm with 171 offices. … Continue reading

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Planning and Strategy for Engagement of Employees for Sustainability (Session 1 – SEND)

Planning and Strategy (This is the first post in a series within the Sustainability Learning Centre’s Sustainability Engagement Network Discussion (SEND) initiative) By Wendy Firlotte, Employee Engagement for Sustainability Specialist Whether your organization is looking to start a new sustainability … Continue reading

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How do you develop “green habits” among employees?

(This post is one is a series based on the ON DEMAND Webinar: Developing Green Habits for Sustainability) The Role of “Belief” in Changing Habits According to Charles Duhigg, author of the book: “The Power of Habit – why we do … Continue reading

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Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility – In One Pie Chart

Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility – In One Pie Chart (via Desmogblog) This is a guest post by James Lawrence Powell.* Polls show that many members of the public believe that scientists substantially disagree about human-caused global warming. … Continue reading

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A Green Christmas Carol: Facing Environmental Reality | Global Warming is Real: Climate | Energy | Sustainability

A Green Christmas Carol: Facing Environmental Reality | Global Warming is Real: Climate | Energy | Sustainability.

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Sustainability 101: Just What this Business Manager and Global Relief Director Needed

By Suanne deBoer I’ve just completed The Natural Step’s Sustainability 101 course and feel compelled to combine my business management experience and training with my commitment to social responsibility and sustainability.  The message of sustainability is so simple and yet … Continue reading

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Sustainability/CSR – Why are we acting like we have all the time in the world?

What’s the hurry?  Climate change, resource scarcity, declining ecosystem services, burgeoning populations are now household terms.  We are beginning to see the “normalization” of sustainability/CSR. Yet it seems that the urgency of the situation has escaped us. Last week at … Continue reading

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Should We Say Goodbye to “Eco-Friendly” Product Claims?

By Jonathan Yohannan (Reprinted from CSR Wire) We should rejoice. The latest Federal Trade Commission Green Guides, which were released last month, provide updated guidance on everything from the use of certification to specific environmental claims. While the guides are … Continue reading

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