Other Sustainable Business Resources
Earth Policy Institute
WorldWatch Institute Founder Lester Brown has created
an institute dedicated to building an environmentally sustainable
economy. The Earth Policy Insitute focuses on an eco-economy
"designed to mesh with Earth's ecosystem" and will be a research
organization that will publish issue briefs.
An online resource center on business, the environment and the
bottom line. The site features current news, green job listings,
a business toolbox, calendar of events, and extensive references
on business and the environment.
Development International Corporation
On-line information on Greening
Your Office and on Greening
Business and Sustainable
Development: A Global Guide
This website developed by the International Institute for Sustainable
Development (IISD) explains the strategies and
tools that companies can draw on to translate an aspiration
of sustainability into practical, effective solutions. Case
studies from around the world are provided.
Global Commons Project
The Houston Advanced Research Center is a multi-year
effort to better understand the challenges the world will face
over the next fifty years. A central focus of the Global
Commons Project is on private sector strategies that will contribute
to sustainable development.
Neighbor Project for Sustainable Industries
Provides technical, legal and strategic support
to concerned plant neighbors and workers to promote pollution
prevention at local industries and to prevent chemical accidents.
Centre for Business and Sustainability (NCBS)
Based in the UK, NCBE offers practical and focused sustainable
solutions to a range of businesses and organisations.
America’s Business Network
Features practical advice, resources and contacts
to help companies turn social responsibility into business success.
Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Provides business leadership as a catalyst for change towards
sustainable development and promotes the attainment of Eco-Efficiency
through high standards of environmental and resource management
Provides access to extensive resources and information on ISO
14000, a collection of voluntary consensus standards to assist
organizations in achieving environmental and economic gains
through the implementation of effective environmental management
Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES)
Encourages companies to endorse and practice the CERES Principles,
a framework for commitment to continuous environmental improvement
Industrial Competitiveness Through Energy, Environment, and
Economics (NICE3) -- U.S. DOE
Provides U.S. DOE grant funding to state/industry partnerships
for projects that develop and demonstrate advances in energy
efficiency and clean production technologies.
Assessment Centers Program -- U.S. DOE
Sponsors energy audits to help industry conserve energy, reduce
pollution, increase productivity, and save money.
Warming - Industry Actions -- U.S. EPA
The EPA sponsors a volunteer program for industries to reduce
their greenhouse gas emissions by implementing energy efficiency
and pollution prevention measures.
-- U.S. DOE Office of Industrial Technologies
BestPractices works with industry to identify plant-wide opportunities
for energy savings and process efficiency.
and Innovation Program -- U.S. DOE
Provides funding and commercialization training to develop energy-saving
inventions, with particular attention to assisting individual
inventors and small companies.
-- U.S. EPA
Provides a single repository for EPA’s pollution prevention,
compliance assurance, and enforcement information and data bases.
Includes links to EPA’s Common Sense Initiative, Design for
Environment, Project XL, Energy Star, Environmental Leadership
Program, WasteWi$e, WAVE, and the American Institute for Pollution
Social Responsibility (BSR)
Helps member companies achieve long-term commercial success
by implementing policies and practices that honor high ethical
standards and meet their responsibilities to all who are impacted
by their decisions. The BSR website includes The Global
Business Responsibility Resource Center, with a number of online
reports on various aspects of corporate social responsibility
for Sustainable Travel (BEST)
Encourages the adoption of sustainable practices within the
travel and tourism industry; helps stimulate demand for sustainable
travel and tourism among the industry's customers; and helps
selected communities that do not currently benefit from tourism
with the development of pilot travel enterprises.
An organization whose mission is to support a community of entrepreneurs
who will implement sustainability principles in their new or
existing businesses and encourage new ventures, which will capitalize
on emerging opportunities in a sustainable economy in Northeastern
Specializes in scenario thinking and collaborative learning
about the future in order to help business mangers and executives
reframe their mental models, increase their range of vision,
and ultimately increase their organization's perceptive powers.
Strives to help business achieve environmental, health and safety
Focuses on systematically integrating programs which lead to
source reduction, pollution prevention, low-cost market development,
and incentive market driven regulatory structures which tend
to reduce both economic and environmental costs.
An international, multi-stakeholder effort to create a common
framework for voluntary reporting of the economic, environmental
and social impact of organization-level activity. The GRI mission
is to elevate the comparability and credibility of sustainability
reporting practices worldwide. Guidelines are posted online.
Encourages businesses, schools, and government agencies to incorporate
techniques of waste reduction, energy conservation and pollution
prevention in their places of business.
Promotes sustainability by setting environmental standards and
awarding a "Green Seal of Approval" to products that cause less
harm to the environment than other similar products.
for Corporate Environmental Mentoring
This project of the National Environmental Education and Training
Foundation seeks to transfer the expertise of corporate environmental
leaders to small and mid-size businesses. Reports on mentoring
are available online in PDF format, including Environmental
Mentoring and The Mentoring Handbook.
Works to change the way the world does business and to promote
progressive solutions to social problems.
This website offers Cleaner Production Resources for Business
Managers, organized by industry sector and including case studies
and links to resources for numerous facets of environmentally
preferable business operation.
for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Program of
the Portland Energy Office
Provides assistance to Portland area businesses and recognition
for their accomplishments in pollution prevention, energy efficiency,
waste reduction and water efficiency.
Nations Environment Program Division of Technolog, Industry
Promotes cleaner and safer industrial production and consumption
patterns through consensus building, assistance in formulating
policies and strategies, defining and encouraging the incorporation
of environmental criteria in industrial production, and information
Stoxx Sustainability Indexes
This index tracks the financial performance of companies, accounting
for environmental, social and financial criteria, including
environmental reporting, product design, and human rights and
The Sustainability Team for Action and Reward shifts companies
toward more sustainable practices with regard to office documents,
creating models and tools for document management.
Group Social Capitalist Awards
These awards recognize organizations that use disciplines of
the corporate world to tackle daunting social problems.
Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in
The WEC Gold Medal honors a multinational manufacturing, processing
or service company for its outstanding corporate environment,
health and safety innovation, leadership, performance and policy
achievements, as well as the discharge of its social and economic
responsibilities. Previous winners are listed online.
The Greening of Industry Resource Guide
and Bibliography, Island
Press, 1996. ISBN 1-55963-397-2
The Ecology of Commerce, HarperBusiness,
1993. ISBN 0-88730-704-3
Lean and Clean Management, Kodansha
International, 1994. ISBN 1-56836-037-1
EcoManagement: The Elmwood Guide to Ecological
Auditing and Sustainable Business, Berrett-Koehler Publishers,
The Art of the Long View, Currency
Doubleday, 1991. ISBN 0-385-26731-2
The Challenge of Sustainable Development
Greenbucks looks at the first positive steps major corporations
on five continents are taking to change their ways. Chief executives
from some of the world's largest companies, such as Volkswagen
and ABB, discuss their changing attitudes and their attempts
to contribute to environmental solutions - from developing new,
cleaner technologies and recyclable cars, to producing "green
cotton" and investing in alternative energy. The film also looks
at how an energy utility and environmentalists made energy efficiency
CDROM Greatest Hits Collection for Cleaner Production and Pollution
An online collection of information on how to improve
business performance in general, and reduce waste and pollution
Last updated: March 16, 2004
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