November 24, 2014

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    Reshoring American manufacturing with ‘eco-industrial parks’

    As the reshoring trend is gaining strength, it is important to evaluate innovative, alternative solutions to the past industrial models. Otherwise, it might be difficult to ensure that the return of manufacturing in the US will be resilient in response to any future attempts of delocalization in serving the domestic market. There are a few main options to choose from as the decision to reshore is being made: Restart existing plants with no upgrades Restart existing plants with partial or complete upgrades Build new plants Acquire plants The reshoring location will thus be at the core of the decision process….

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    Deploying EHS systems with CSR benefits

    Making environmental, health and safety compliance sexy may seem impossible, but the Sustainable Performance Forum Americas 2014 conference came close. With former NASA astronaut Capt. John Creighton on stage, a Discovery Bar in the lobby and over 500 attendees with roles spanning the sustainability spectrum, enterprise software company Enablon turned an enterprise event into an industry influencer. Now in its sixth year, SPF Americas attracts EHS compliance managers and sustainability innovators. Rule enforcers plus silo breakers makes a potentially combustible mixture, but these elements can transform organizations — if they can find a way to work together. The EHS system is a catalyst for…

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    A science lover defends the value of illustration

    Although November 3-8th, has been Illustration Week in New York City, many New Yorkers don’t know this week exists. Don’t bother searching for it on the websites of the New York Times, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine or the Village Voice because you’ll come up empty. The art directors of these periodicals routinely work with illustrators, right? In the proverbial capital of publishing, advertising, fashion and art, it’s shocking that illustration has a public relations problem. Even if you didn’t know the exact days for Fashion Week, chances are you would have read or heard some headline…

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    How to create a new market

    If my grandfather could wake up today and see how the world of business has changed, he would think the earth had been taken over by aliens. Who could have imagined twenty years ago that shopping would shift from the mall to online sites like Amazon? Twenty years ago, I wouldn’t have thought it possible to become a billionaire by creating a website that shares pictures, like Facebook; to gross half a billion dollars without releasing a song, like hip hop star Dr. Dre; for a single movie to gross over a billion dollars in the box office, like Avatar;…

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    The joy of DIY

    First came the Great Recession. Then came the Great Automation. Now we have a growing population of underemployed and disempowered, yet curious, capable and conscious people in need of an outlet. What are we going to do with them? Teach them to make quirky new gadgets out of old and random stuff! Why? “Because it’s fun!” says Charlie Lindahl, a Houston-based systems analyst and super enthusiast of the maker movement, a technology driven sub-culture of the DIY revolution. Do-It-Yourself isn’t just for people with nothing better to do. It’s for people of all ages who are intentional about learning, achievement…

Book Reviews

Putting 'responsible business' out of business
Posted by Claire Sommer on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Putting 'responsible business' out of businessChristine Bader’s book The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil offers hope and practical advice for anyone trying to stimulate meaningful change in our multi-stakeholder, shareholder-beholden, profits-focused world. Doing this kind of work is hard, but then again, pretty much anything ...
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How 9 companies are creating a culture of sustainability
Posted by Claire Sommer on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How 9 companies are creating a culture of sustainability Jeana Wirtenberg knows sustainability is about people. Living, caring human beings – who get things done. It’s not “green.” Or “eco.” Not goals or dashboards. Not on their own, at any rate. It’s people who make these things actually happen. Sustainability is people at ...
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The Big Pivot: A realist's guide to a climate-challenged present
Posted by Claire Sommer on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Big Pivot: A realist's guide to a climate-challenged presentIf you’ve ever thought of dropping a book on your boss’s desk, in the hopes of sparking a Ray Anderson-type conversion, here’s a tip. Don’t use the new IPCC report: It’s gloomy, terrifying and a muddle. Try this instead: Andrew Winston’s business transformation book for ...
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Sweat and the city: The urban heat island effect
Posted by Ann Drumm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sweat and the city: The urban heat island effectCities are heating up at double the rate of global climate change, with major implications for human health. Managing urban heat is just as important a response as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the benefits will be felt much sooner.  Cities should ...
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