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The Business guide to sustainability: practical strategies and tools for organizations

Author: Willard, Marsha L. ; Hitchcock, Darcy E.Publisher: Earthscan, 2006.Language: EnglishDescription: 248 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781844073207Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index

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The Business Guide to Sustainability Practical Strategies and Tools for Organizations Contents List of Figures and Tables Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction How this book is structured How to get the most out of this book How to use the self-assessments Disclaimer to the sustainability experts xi xiii xv xix xx xx xxi xxiv PART 1 -- FOUNDATION CONCEPTS 1 Sustainability as a Strategic Issue Benefits of pursuing sustainability Threats if you don't pursue sustainability Risks in pursuing sustainability What is sustainability? Why is sustainability a strategic issue? Factors that define sustainability How do you know whether your organization is sustainable? Conclusion 2 Change Agent/Sustainability Coordinator: How to Keep a Sustainability Effort on Track What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Change agents with no formal authority Begin within your span of control Sow seeds Discussion groups Green teams Sustainability coordinators with formal authority Steering committees Task forces and project teams 3 3 5 7 8 11 16 18 20 23 23 26 26 26 26 27 27 28 28 28 vi THE BUSINESS GUIDE TO SUSTAINABILITY Individuals Award programmes and certification systems Sustainability management systems Conclusion SCORE the sustainability coordinator PART 2 - SUSTAINABILITY BY INDUSTRY SECTOR 3 Sustainability in Services and General Office Practices What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Clean up your own operations Facilities Technology Paper products Break room Take responsibility for your ripples Evaluate strategic threats Explore emerging opportunities Conclusion SCORE services and office practices 4 Sustainability in Manufacturing and Product Design What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Product design Design for environment Life cycle assessment and life cycle costing Grey lists, black lists and supply chain management Green chemistry Converting products to services Biomimicry Operations Energy and greenhouse gases Collaborate with the supply chain Product certification Zero waste Extended producer responsibility, product stewardship and product take-back Conclusion SCORE Manufacturing 29 29 29 30 31 37 37 40 40 40 41 42 43 44 46 46 48 48 53 53 56 57 57 59 61 62 63 64 65 65 67 68 70 71 74 74 CONTENTS vii 5 Sustainability in Government Agencies What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Spend tax revenue wisely, maximizing the benefit to society Conserving energy Take advantage of wasted resources Streamline red tape Employ green building practices Find new funding sources See the municipality as a whole system Provide infrastructure and security Ensure security Design efficient, vibrant urban spaces Design effective public transportation Protect the commons Engineer market-based incentives Reclaim public goods and charge the full cost Create preserves Adopt the precautionary principle Implement regulations Create a level playing field Privatize the resource within the right boundaries Get the numbers right Eliminate perverse subsidies Protect and help people who need it Perform triage Combat hunger Provide housing Guide us toward a better future Model and encourage new behaviour Use purchasing as a way to drive markets Develop social capital Provide incentives and grants for needed research Create audacious goals and policies Sponsor award programmes Make information visible Integrate sustainability into education Equalize opportunities Use public pension funds as a signal to business Conclusion SCORE Government 79 79 83 83 83 84 85 85 86 86 87 87 88 89 90 92 94 94 95 96 96 96 97 98 100 101 101 102 102 103 103 104 105 106 107 107 108 109 111 111 111 viii THE BUSINESS GUIDE TO SUSTAINABILITY PART 3 - SUSTAINABILITY BY ORGANIZATIONAL FUNCTION 6 Senior Management: How to Lead the Sustainability Effort What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Assess threats, opportunities and constraints Strategic planning Scenario planning Stakeholder management Backcasting Choose terms and frameworks Alternative terms Frameworks Devise an implementation strategy and enlist support Pick the best entry point Set up the best structure Demonstrate support Align business systems Provide for transparency and stakeholder involvement Sustainability reports Partner NGOs Stakeholder engagement activities Stakeholder audits Conclusion SCORE Senior management 7 Facilities: How to Save Energy and Water, Improve Productivity and Reduce Waste What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Construct/remodel a high-performance building Daylighting Site selection Material selection Mechanical systems Construction waste Operate the building efficiently Commissioning Energy management Manage waste Provide green cleaning and landscaping services Manage transportation issues 119 119 122 123 124 124 125 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 135 137 137 137 138 141 141 142 142 143 144 145 145 146 147 147 147 148 149 150 CONTENTS ix Conclusion SCORE Facilities 8 Human Resources: How to Support the Change Process and Bolster Employee Commitment What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Introduce the concept to top executives Consult on the implementation Align human resource systems Model appropriate behaviours Measure the benefits SCORE Human resources 9 Purchasing: How to Determine What to Buy and How to Work with Suppliers What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Purchasing practices Adopt sustainable or environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) policies Embed EPP or sustainable choices into online systems Embed sustainability language into RFPs and contracts Use service contracts to align the interests of your vendors with your own Implement a supply chain environmental management system Buy green power Create incentives and checklists for making more sustainable choices Work with disadvantaged businesses and people as an economic development strategy Life cycle assessment and life cycle costing Purchasing projects Conduct a waste or purchasing audit Create a reliable market for a targeted product Research sustainable alternatives for a specific function or product Partner an NGO Conclusion SCORE Purchasing 10 Environmental Affairs: How to Support the Move Beyond Compliance and Eco-efficiencies to Sustainability What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Environmental management systems Chemical management systems 151 151 155 156 157 157 159 160 164 164 165 169 169 171 171 171 172 172 173 174 176 176 177 178 179 179 181 182 185 185 186 189 189 191 191 192 x THE BUSINESS GUIDE TO SUSTAINABILITY Chemical substitution Green chemistry Conclusion SCORE Environmental affairs 11 Marketing/Public Relations: Whether and How to Promote Your Sustainability Efforts What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Community-based social marketing Cause-related marketing Labelling, certification and standards Stakeholder involvement Sustainability reporting Market transformation Conclusion SCORE Marketing and public relations 12 Accounting and Finance: How to Account for Environmental and Social Impacts What you should know about sustainability Strategies you can use Develop a metrics framework and report on results The Natural Step Triple bottom line/Three Es Sustainability or environmental management system Organization's vision or values Determine what is 'better' Activity-based costing (ABC) Life cycle costing (LCC) Life cycle assessment (LCA) Decision tools to balance trade-offs Brainstorm how to add more value Weighted criteria charts Compare a sustainability rating with cost Conclusion SCORE Finance and accounting Appendix A ­ Sustainability frameworks and tools Appendix B ­ Certification schemes Notes Index 193 194 195 195 199 201 206 206 207 208 208 209 209 210 211 213 213 218 218 219 219 220 221 223 223 224 224 226 226 227 227 229 229 231 237 239 245

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