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.

WWF 2012 Report – Can you believe we are using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can provide?

According to the 2012 World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report, we are using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can provide, and unless we change course that number will grow very fast – by 2030, even two planets will … Continue reading

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Is there life beyond growth for business?

May  2, 2012 (Reprinted from sustainability-dō – The art of blogging sustainability, succinctly by Alan Atkisson) The short answer is:  yes, there must be. But we have not seen it yet. The search continues. To illustrate the point, let me … Continue reading

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‘Uncomfortable (environmental) Targets’ Necessary – Unilever’s CEO has message for governments

Can governments learn something from business?  I think that Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever  could  teach a thing or two to certain governments who hold the future of my children in their hands.  If the key messages in Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan Progress Report … Continue reading

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Building Personal Capacity for Sustainability – Practice as the Wormhole for Transformation

“No transformation can take place without personal and collective practice.” -Toke Møller  What does it mean when you decide, “I think I am going to start a yoga practice?” I was listening to one of my favorite teachers, Caroline Myss, … Continue reading

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Six Surprising Sustainability Facts

By Jim Harris 1. Fuel efficient cars would eliminate North American Oil Imports If every car in North America got the same fuel efficiency as my Toyota Prius there’d be no need to import any oil into North America and … Continue reading

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From Me to We: The Five Transformational Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life

Do you have any unexamined assumptions that lead to unintended consequences?  I know I do.   I just wish somebody would point them out to me so they would be more transparent.  I mean – really, wouldn’t it be a better use of my … Continue reading

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Are we following the “collapse” scenario predicted 30 years ago?

Dennis Meadows, one of the original authors of the 1972 book The Limits to Growth, thinks it is far too late to achieve sustainable development as that term is commonly understood. Speaking March 1, 2012 at a joint symposium in … Continue reading

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21st century leadership: the case for being more of yourself

(orignally posted at: 2Lead – Enabling the Next Generation of Sustainable Leaders) A post by Christopher Baan. We live in a time of exponential and disruptive change, significant risks and uncertainty on the horizon, and daunting challenges connecting energy, environment, … Continue reading

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Let’s get really radical: Envisioning a sustainable energy future for Canada

This week’s blog post is brought to us by Chad Park, Executive Director of the Natural Step.   I am not so sure that “envisioning a sustainable energy future for Canada” (or the world for that matter) is as “radical” as … Continue reading

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A generous way of being: holding paradoxes, ambiguities and multiple worldviews.

These days, I think nothing could be more paradoxical than the way we live in this world.  We face the greatest environmental crisis in the age of human-kind, yet doggedly push on with massive fossil fuel and resource extraction projects … Continue reading

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