Sustainable Business Articles/Publications
both offer regularly updated articles and editorials on the
many aspects of sustainable business.
Business Leaders to Improve Profitability through Energy
Industrial Energy Efficiency: Reduce Expenses, Build Revenues,
and Control Risks (PDFs)
Reports from the Alliance
to Save Energy that explore the connection between business
performance and energy efficiency, identifying hurdles preventing
energy efficiency and benefits of becoming more efficient.
Next Industrial Revolution
Proposes a new approach to sustainable business that aims to
solve rather than merely alleviate the problems that industry
the Internet, and the Environment
A special issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology reports
on research that finds that seemingly small decisions by consumers,
manufacturers and shipping companies can have huge environmental
impacts, which can be both positive and negative.
a Green Business: A Checklist for Action
This checklist of actions was developed by Environmental Building
News for firms in the building design and construction industries,
but is also applicable in other industries. It recommends in-house
and off-site measures relating to travel, purchasing, and other
aspects of business operations.
and Sustainable Development
Postulates that corporations, by taking the lead, can move society
toward sustainability far more efficiently and with less turmoil
than governments and legislation.
Corporate Environmental Dilemma: Lead or Look On
Summarizes the challenges faced by corporations in striving
to be financially profitable and environmentally sound with
a Nation: The Natural Step
Profiles The Natural Step as a remarkable nationwide program
that has united Sweden in moving from linear to cyclic processes--the
hallmark of sustainability.
Economics: How Boulder Businesses are Staying Ahead of the Game
In Boulder, Colorado, the Boulder Independent Business Alliance
(BIBA) is helping to protect the community economy by encouraging
residents to support local businesses, according to a story
in Orion Afield. Locally owned businesses recycle a higher percentage
of their revenue and profits back into the local economy, compared
to chain competitors.
Natural Step Takes a First Step in the U.S.
Reviews the history of The Natural Step and summarizes its development
in the U.S.
An essay in Whole Earth Magazine online suggests
that the New
New Economy will be based on providing clean goods and
services -- energy, water, transportation among them -- that
are essential to to daily lives. The New New Economy, authors
argue, will be based on principles drawn from industrial ecology
and Natural Capitalism. Unlike the New Economy that's emerged
with Internet, the next new economy addresses critical human
needs, ones that are genuinely global in scale.
Helps Towns Rise Above
Documents the strategy of moving entire towns above flood range
to prevent natural disasters.
for the 21st Century: Industry's Role in the New Culture
Describes sustainability as a strategic option for industry
that will reduce pollution, increase energy efficiency, and
create new business opportunities.
Green: Business Adopts Voluntary Environmental Standards
Reviews the development of private codes of environmental management
within industry sectors and compares them with governmental
Companies Save Money
Profiles a Colorado firm's successful efforts at eco-efficiency.
Ecology: An Environmental Agenda for Industry
Presents a compelling rationale for Industrial Ecology and outlines
its six principal elements.
Ecology: Concepts and Approaches
Provides a concise overview of the primary philosophy and components
of Industrial Ecology.
Industrial Parks Sustainable
Introduces the industrial ecology paradigm and profiles efforts
across the country to develop Eco-Industrial Parks.
Drivers: The Impact of Climate Change on Competitiveness and
Value Creation in the Automotive Industry
A report from World Resources Institute and Sustainable Asset
Management on how emerging climate change policies, or carbon
constraints, will affect the financial performance and competitiveness
of ten leading auto companies.
a Sustainable Business
This 280-page guidebook is written to assist farms and rural
businesses to create a holistic business plan rooted firmly
in personal, community economic and environmental values. It
was developed by a team of U of MN faculty and staff, individual
farmers and consultants, and was co-produced by the Minnesota
Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and the Sustainable Agriculture
Your Business: A Primer for Smaller Companies is a guide
developed by the Green Business Network that covers reducing
waste, energy and water efficiency, toxics and hazardous substances
reduction, meetings and travel, product life cycle, and green
building design and construction. The publication is also available
into the Environment, a book organized under the auspices
of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives
(ICLEI), examines local and national approaches to green procurement
and provides in-depth surveys on pioneering cities in the movement,
such as Hamburg, Malmö and Zürich.
Building an Economy for the Earth
The Earth Policy Institute makes many portions of this book
by Lester Brown available online as PDFs. The book outlines
what a new economy could include and how a transition process
can take place.
Enterprise Toolkit (PDF)
This Tool Kit provides fundamental knowledge for smaller businesses
competing in the environmental market place. It draws upon insights
of successful business people, new research about the market
place, technology development, financing mechanisms, and changing
Rethinking the way we pursue economic activity
in a world with increasingly limited resources is the aim of
Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. Written by
Paul Hawkins, author of The Ecology of Commerce, and Amory and
Hunter Lovins, of the Rocky Mountain Institute, this book offers
a vision of a new economy, one in which profitability doesn't
come at the expense of the environment. To get there, authors
contend, requires recognizing the real value of natural capital
by building economic activity on four interconnected principles:
The foundation of these principles is a "radically increased
resource productivity," while the other three call for
"redesigning industry on biological models with closed
loops and zero waste; shifting from the sale of goods (for example,
light bulbs) to the provision of services (illumination); and
reinvesting in the natural capital that is the basis of future
prosperity." The book, published by Little, Brown &
Co., includes examples of businesses already working -- and
thriving -- under a natural capitalism paradigm.
for Environment Toolkit
Gives companies the resources needed to incorporate environmental
attributes early into product design, which can ultimately result
in reduced materials use and waste, improved designs, reduced
future liabilities and other efficiencies.
Loans to Private-Sector Businesses: An Assessment of HUD-Supported
Local Economic Development Lending Activities
Examines the results and performance of economic development
loans made through HUD programs to private businesses.
Steps for Improving Your Business and the Environment
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection offers this workbook aimed at helping small- or medium-sized businesses manage environmental issues at their facilities and enhance their energy, environmental and economic performance.
Serves as a focal point on the web for the full range of environmental
business sectors, from recycling to green building, from renewable
energy to organic products, from social investing to certified
forestry. Read the "Sustainable Business Insider"
magazine, post Business Opportunities, find a Green Dream Job,
use the comprehensive Library.
Promotes the growth and development of environmentally and socially
responsible businesses, providing the tools and information
necessary to make sustainable business a prominent global economic
Business Letter (by subscription in PDF)
Provides information to help businesses make decisions that
are both environmentally responsible and profitable.
for Sustainable Product Design
Covers economic, environmental, ethical and social issues in
product design and development. It aims to be a pioneering publication
that examines sustainability issues as they affect product design
and development worldwide.
The Journal of Corporate Environmental Strategy and Practice
is offered by subscription, but contents of past issues and
sample articles appear online.
Industries Journal Northwest
This subscription trade publication for sustainable industries
explores economic gain through environmental innovation and
covers seven regional industry sectors. They also publish an
Industries Overview, naming leading businesses in the
An independent magazine focusing on the integral relationship
between business and the environment. TOMORROW believes in both
sustainable and profitable business and concentrates on practical
New Bottom Line: Strategic Perspectives on Business and Environment
This column on business and environment, is written by Gil Friend,
CEO of Natural Logic. The column (originally distributed internationally
by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate) is available by e-mail through
a free subscription. Back issues of the columns can be read
on- line by scanning the subject index or chronological index.
Self-Assessment Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Commerce
and Designing Products and Services with Sustainable Attributes
Publications available in PDF from the West Michigan Sustainable
Business Forum, designed for businesses to use in improving
Parks: A Case Study and Analyses of Economic, Environmental,
Technical, and Regulatory Issues (Executive Summary
Presents the results from a body of research intended to investigate
and support the development of Eco-Industrial Parks.
for the Development of Eco-Industrial Parks (Executive
Summary in PDF) Provides an overview of the design elements
inherent in the development of Eco-Industrial Parks.
A monthly magazine covering the ever-increasing impact of environmental issues on the lending, insurance, investment and trading decisions affecting industry. Selected news and features appear online.
Last updated: January 18, 2005
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