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.

How Wal-Mart Plans to Build a Greener Chinese Supply Chain

How Wal-Mart Plans to Build a Greener Chinese Supply Chain (via CFO.com) Supply Chain | October 26, 2012 | GreenBiz.com Retail giant Wal-Mart announced new commitments Thursday which the company says will increase the sustainability of its supply chain in … Continue reading

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CFOs Playing Bigger Role in Driving Sustainability Efforts

Deloitte survey: CFOs playing bigger role in driving sustainability efforts in their organizations (via PR Newswire) NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Two thirds of CFOs say they are involved in driving sustainability strategies in their organizations, and more than … Continue reading

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Do green/sustainability project managers have the critical “know-how” to leverage a more sustainable world?

Donella Meadows once noted that there are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.  She called them “leverage points”, they … Continue reading

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What will it take to build the sustainable future we want?

In the first chapter of his book, The Sustainability Transformation, Alan AtKisson relates a story about moving to Seattle to take his first sustainability job as the Managing Editor of Context magazine.  He reflects, “I think …the best part about … Continue reading

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Zero Net Impact Growth – Radical Oxymoron or Critical Survival Strategy for Business

It is a paradox.  You can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet.  Yet, we’re stuck in a  global economic model that continuously drives us toward growth. Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis Meadows told us this 40 years ago in … Continue reading

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Joel Makower asks, “Why aren’t there more Ray Andersons?” Perhaps there are…

In his recent blog, Why aren’t there more Ray Andersons? , Joel Makower lamented the leadership void left by the passing of the extraordinary man, Ray Anderson (CEO of Interface) last year. Joel writes, “…Anderson embodied the truly enlightened business leader … Continue reading

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Ancient Traditions and Modern Ecological Design

I think we all agree that Albert Einstein was a pretty smart guy.  And just like parents in our adolescent years, he seems to get smarter the older we get.   He once said: “Look deep into nature, and then you will … Continue reading

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What is the connection between Plan-Do-Check-Act, ISO 14001 and Social Responsibility?

How is your “integrated thinking” cap working?  This Winter, Sandra Tavares and Stephen Boles, course leaders for SLC’s ISO 26000 course introduced an interesting perspective on connecting the plan-do-check-act cycle, ISO 14001 and social responsibility through the “Sustainability Wheel” a tool … Continue reading

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Crafting a Positive Environmental Narrative (via Global Warming is Real)

Positive narratives may be our best hope for fostering desperately needed environmental action. Decades of ecological warnings have failed to produce the necessary societal changes. The enthralling realities and fascinating mysteries of the natural world offer endless inspiration for an alternative…

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Sustainability – Why marketing needs to be firmly rooted in the movement

Imagine a future time: Sustainability Managers are embedded inside all product categories, brand managers regularly follow sustainability trends inside and outside the company, young marketing graduates emerge from top business schools where green and sustainable branding is infused within every … Continue reading

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