Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist

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Macmillan, Mar 29, 2011 - Business & Economics - 308 pages
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"Inspirational . . . Essential reading for anyone, whether lay, student, or practitioner, interested in business success today and in the environment."—Library Journal (starred review)

In 1994, Interface founder and chairman Ray Anderson set an audacious goal for his commercial carpet company: to take nothing from the earth that can't be replaced by the earth. In this remarkable book, Anderson leads the way forward and challenges all of us to share that goal.

The Interface story is a compelling one. Fifteen years after Anderson's initiative, Interface has:

-Cut greenhouse gas emissions by 94 percent

-Cut fossil fuel consumption by 60 percent

-Cut waste by 80 percent

-Cut water use by 80 percent

-Invented and patented new machines, materials, and manufacturing processes

-Increased sales by 66 percent, doubled earnings, and raised profit margins

Offering practical ideas and measurable outcomes that every business can use, Anderson shows that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive; we can improve our bottom lines and do right by the earth. Written with passion and an executive's hardheaded savvy, Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist is the most inspiring business book of our time.

 

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Contents

Mission Zero
1
The Power of One Good Question
7
One Small Digression and Six Lessons
20
Mountain Climbing
29
The First Face of Mount Sustainability
44
Smokestacks and Other Relics
62
Plugging into the Sun
86
Round and Round They Go
110
The Circle of Influence or Love on the Factory Floor
151
The Final Ascent
174
On Leadership Programs and Policies
191
Science and Skeptics
215
Awakening the Mind and Spirit
225
The Next Ascent
244
Every Reason for Hope
261
LCA Comparison of Two Carpet Tile Backing Types
285

Getting Out of the Breakdown Lane
128

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About the author (2011)

Ray Anderson was named one of Time magazine's Heroes of the Environment and one of MSNBC.com's Top 15 Green Business Leaders in 2007. He and Interface have been featured in three documentary films, including The Corporation and So Right So Smart. He cochaired the President's Council on Sustainable Development and the Presidential Climate Action Project. He and Interface have been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, and many other publications.

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