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As part of our sustainability pledge to discuss best practices openly and honestly, we share insights that allow others to effect change in their community. While companies have responsibility to drive change internally, we believe they also can add to their insights and impact by sharing their experience with others.

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SXSWeco 2012

BusinessEarth has had an exciting week at the SXSWeco Conference here in our home city of Austin, Texas.  Thousands of individuals from businesses, NGOs, governments, and more have interacted and discussed some of the biggest problems and opportunities that lie in sustainability.

There is far too much to cover in one post, but over the next few weeks and beyond, we’ll share all sorts of ideas and insights that we’ve come across at the conference.  So keep a look out for some really interesting stuff!

These are some of the main standout topics we look forward to sharing with you this month:

 

 

  • How to drive corporate sustainability intrapreneurship using internal incubators, etc.;
  • What it takes to get consumers and employees to make sustainable behavioral changes;
  • New tools that will allow companies and individuals to better manage their energy use;
  • Social media strategies for sustainable business;
  • How sustainable architecture and design can take cues from nature;
  • How to use “big data” to drive energy efficiency;
  • Why sustainability is still poised to be the most profitable business opportunity of our time;
  • And much more.

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Corporate Sustainability is NOT a Political Issue

Jan 11, 2012   //   by Bradley Short   //   Energy, Leadership, Regulation, Social Entrepreneurship, The Environment  //  No Comments

At this contentious time in American politics, it seems like just about everything is becoming a political issue.  Sustainability, sadly, hasn’t been spared the wrath of heated political rhetoric.

The ongoing debate about issues like federal subsidies, climate change mitigation, and natural gas fracking might make corporate sustainability look like a politically divisive thing.  But that’s simply not the case.  Corporate sustainability is as mainstream as it gets, so you’d better commit your company to a greener future if you want to remain competitive in the years to come.

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Use little actions to drive your company’s green agenda

Jul 27, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Company Culture, Leadership, Operations Management  //  No Comments

In the push to become a better, more eco-responsible small or medium sized business, sometimes the best you can do is start small.  Just because you can’t do something revolutionary like replace your materials with flowers and soy, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make a green difference somewhere.  Environmentalism strengthens company culture and saves money too, so if you haven’t yet, start taking small steps toward sustainability and then see where it leads you.

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