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Carpooling and public transportation are generally a factor of employee-driven choice, with FSA incentives sometimes offered, but if you're really serious about reducing commuting emissions, a company-sponsored vanpool option may work for your business. Check out some factors that go into the decision making process for starting up a van pool.
Enjoy this post from the SSC Archives. We’ve found that vanpooling is a great option for companies located in rural areas when employees live in many directions. It’s particularly valuable for companies with a growing headcount, because it’s relatively easy to add a new van (while adding a new bus route is a significant commitment in terms of time and money). There's lots of good evidence that vanpooling is good for employees and ...
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Whether your primary field is sustainability (or you would eventually like it to be), it's important to embrace a personal sustainability project to build your professional sustainability skills.
Enjoy this post from the SSC Archives. The business world is an ever-changing entity that is constantly being fueled by new ideas and initiatives. One of the latest initiatives is no longer just “going green,” but becoming sustainable. This means that simple recycling efforts aren’t going to be enough. Individual employees at any business can take action to work toward sustainability. Creating a green team is one way you can se...
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Developing a plan, analyzing best practices, and setting goals are all fine and good. But be prepared to move the bar.
Execution, or the ability to meet goals and objectives, is consistently ranked as a top-3 skill that executives require of successful managers. Going through the motions to develop processes – whether that is providing regular updates or analyzing best practices of a system – are all fine and good, but if you can’t actually move the bar, it’s possible your sustainability program (or you) will get canned. But reaching goals and milest...
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Sustainability break! Nature never ceases to amaze. Take time out to check out this TED Talk about how TREES communicate.
Nothing inspires us like a good TED talk, and here’s one of our favorites. Enjoy it! About the Speaker: Suzanne Simard is a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia's Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences. She studies the surprising complexity in nature - the fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate underground tree communication. About the Talk: Simard's research has demonstrated that sy...
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July Blog Round Up from SSC: New ASTM Standards, free learning resources for sustainability professionals, strategic alignment and more...
Each month, we highlight some of our more popular content on the SSC blog! In case you missed them, here's a round-up of our most popular blog posts from this past month. These are the articles that received the most attention from our online audience. Check them out! 1. Free Learning Resources for Aspiring Sustainability Professionals 2. Welcoming the New ASTM Standards 3. Test Your Company's Strategic Sustainability Alignm...
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Do you have what it takes to be a lead sustainability consultant?
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What do the upcoming GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards mean for your next sustainability report? (We hear it's a bigger, better G4.)
The Global Reporting Initiative expects to soon unveil the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards, improving how the G4 Guidelines, adopted in 2013, are reported. The G4 Guidelines were an improvement on the previous reporting guidelines, helping provide more context around sustainability and push toward an integrated form of reporting on financial, social, and environmental metrics. However, over the past three years, the G4 guid...
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With a focus on sustainable materials management (SMM) and life-cycle assessment, the EPA is pushing for more focus on life-cycle planning in U.S. and global industry. Check out our recap of this interesting webinar featuring the EPA and Waste Management. And if you don't have lunch plans, tune into the second in the two-part series: Have We Reached the Limits of Recycling (1pm ET).
Last Tuesday, GreenBiz hosted the first in a two part webinar series on the emissions impact of recycling and Sustainable Materials Management (SMM). SMM can be generally described as active management of a product’s life cycle to reach sustainability aims. The webinar began with an overview of the EPA’s work on SMM/LCA advocacy. Essentially, the EPA sees its role as advancing LCA and SMM as integral business practices. Because LCA ...
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Can sustainability consultants really work from "anywhere?"
Yes. All roads lead to home. But you must weigh the real-life challenges and benefits, and be disciplined and dedicated to working smarter.
What does it take to grow a global consulting business in a medium-sized city or smaller town? Jennifer Woofter talks about how to grow a business from anywhere, leveraging technology, time management, and your professional network in this short video presentation for Launched In Lynchburg, a web portal designed to inspire, educate and connect local entrepreneurs and professionals in Lynchburg, Virginia. Lynchburg is the global H...
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What's the secret to tapping into increasing consumer demand for "green" products? Hint: It's not what you say, it's what you do.
Enjoy this post from the SSC archives There has been a lot of talk lately about whether or not customers are willing to pay more for green products. And just like any kind of market research, you can usually find a study to support whatever theory you're currently promoting. For example, in August 2013, an article from Sustainable Brands proclaimed, “50% of Global Consumers Willing to Pay More for Socially Responsible Products”...
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Even with the best laid plans, inertia or resistance among employees may hinder progress toward your sustainability goals. Get employees involved in creative ways. Link sustainability to the "fun" part of their jobs.
Employees tend to get tunnel vision, focusing on their own daily work and not having the time or training to keep organizational strategy or “other department” goals in mind. Use these four creativity boosters to engage employees in sustainability efforts and keep them thinking outside of their cubicles. Mix and Match By pulling employees from different departments together for meetings or brainstorming sessions, you will see how ...
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Just because sometimes you need to stop and admire the jaw-dropping beauty of it all.
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Strategic Sustainability Consulting provides organizations with the tools and expertise they need to actively manage their social and environmental impacts. We specialize in helping under-resourced organizations implement sustainable solutions usually reserved for large, multinational companies.