The Business Guide to Sustainability: Practical Strategies and Tools for Organizations

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Earthscan, 2009 - Business & Economics - 292 pages
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First edition: Winner of Choice Magazine - Outstanding Academic Titles for 2007 Sustainability promises both reduced environmental impacts and real cash savings for any organization - be it a business, non-profit/NGO or government department. This easy-to-use manual has been written by top business consultants specifically to help managers, business owners, organizational leaders and aspiring environmental managers/sustainability coordinators to improve their organization's environmental, social and economic performance. The authors demystify 'sustainability', untangle the plethora of sustainability frameworks, tools and practices, and make it easy for the average person in any organization to move towards sustainability. Organized by sector (manufacturing, services and office operations, and government) and common organizational functions (senior management, facilities, human resources, purchasing, environmental affairs and compliance, marketing and public relations, and finance and accounting), the authors show how organizations can incorporate sustainability into their everyday work through the application of useful tools and self-assessments. This fully updated edition includes a new chapter on information and communication technology (ICT). The authors have also added many new facts, stories, practices and resources throughout the book to keep up with this rapidly emerging field and have updated their widely used SCORE sustainability assessment.
 

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Contents

Sustainability as a Strategic Issue
3
How to Keep
25
Sustainability in Services and General Office Practices
39
Sustainability in Manufacturing and Product Design
55
Sustainability in Government Agencies
83
How to Lead the Sustainability Effort
127
How to Save Energy and Water
153
How to Support the Change
167
How to Save Energy Reduce Waste
203
How to Support the Move Beyond
217
Whether and How to Promote
227
How to Account for Environmental
245
Appendix A Sustainability frameworks and tools
267
Appendix B Certification schemes
273
Index
285
Copyright

How to Determine What to Buy
183

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Darcy Hitchcock and Marsha Willard, principals of the sustainability consulting firm AXIS Performance Advisors (based in Portland, Oregon, USA) also co-founded and help manage the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. They both teach in Bainbridge Graduate Institute's MBA in Sustainable Business and are the authors of The Step-by-Step Guide to Sustainability Planning.

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