How to Get Sustainability Initiatives Under Control

Many companies have more sustainability initiatives than they can effectively manage and would benefit from applying performance management principles.

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California Moves Toward Historic Statewide Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

You’ve heard about the plastic detritus polluting our oceans. You’ve likely seen plastic bags from grocery stores hanging from trees and telephone poles. Now the entire state of California is moving toward a ban on the bags.

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Navigating the ‘Wild West’ of Eco-Labels

Launched in 1992 to help consumers find the most energy-efficient products, the program initially allowed companies to sign up to use the Energy Star logo by self-reporting their products’ energy savings; the EPA and DOE would perform only occasional spot-checks on items carrying the eco-label. But a federal audit in 2010 revealed that some Energy Star products did not live up to their energy-savings claims.

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Here's Help With Solving the New 'Sustainability Math'

Companies are facing challenges adapting to the “new sustainability math;” finding the right balance between investor, consumer and stakeholders interests is riddled with complexity and confusion.

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How to Best Deal with E-Waste

Almost a quarter of e-waste that developed countries discard floods into just seven developing countries — with major potential environmental and health risks for the people who live there.

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The Agony and Ecstasy of a Life-Cycle Design Mentality

Make every decision with the future in mind. In essence, that’s the definition of sustainability. It means doing our part to ensure that our great-grandchildren — and their great-grandchildren — will have the resources they’ll need to maintain a high quality of life. But for such a simple concept, sustainability requires considerable effort, far more than most people realize.

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You May Lead, But Do You Influence?

Who are the leaders in corporate sustainability? When you hear that question, do you think of an individual or a brand name? Individuals have much more power to influence.

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How to Make (Sustainability) Data Work for You

We all recognize there is a lot of data embedded within our business systems, but the real question is, how do we access, filter, organize and ultimately analyze all this data so that it turns into information — and more importantly, information that feeds into intelligent decision-making? In order to find the right data, first you need to make sure you know what the question is you intend to answer.

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