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New Service: Green Career Questions

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NEW: Green Career Questions: Got a quick green career question, new to the field, interested in green career advice, or an understanding of the industry? We’ve assisted dozens of green career search professionals.

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Rethinking Waste: New Life to Old Fire Hoses

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Fundamentally, waste doesn’t have to exist. It is simply a matter of rethinking of the item as a resource and find new uses for the material. Today we got an interesting request – What to do with a city’s worth of old fire hoses. What an interesting and fun challenge. Feel free to add your thoughts.

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LEDs In Chandelier Result In 1700% ROI

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LEDs in chandelier pays for itself in 2.6 months and represents a 92% cost savings. A $100 upfront expense saved $1716 over its 3.4 year lifespan. Case Study using LEDs in an apartment complex where the chandelier is operational 24/7 offering a breakdown of all the costs associated with energy, bulbs, and maintenance.

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Trust – Part IV: Corporate Social Responsibility

Part 4 of 4 in series on Trust and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) What are the implications of this model of trust in business? CSR? Sustainability? Leadership? PR?
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability are new for many companies. Corporations may be excellent at producing breakthroughs in pharmaceuticals or be masters in architectural design, yet have few skills in dealing with CSR. Where does this leave us with trusting them? How can a company’s CSR activity engender trust from the doubting public towards that business?

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LEED building complaints – are they really LEED related?

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Are LEED building complaints from tenants really related to the building being LEED? In a discussion over several LEED apartment tenant complaints Matthew Rochte LEED AP, who has managed and owned non-LEED apartments, weighs in. The complaints as tenant complaints go are legitimate, but have little or nothing to do with the buildings being LEED certified, rather they have to do with cost cutting and poor design, construction, and facilities mainenance.

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Volcanoes, Business, and Sustainability

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Funny thing about the planet – we often forget that it is much bigger than we are and often has a mind of its own. Take, for example, the chaos being created by the volcanic ash cloud over Europe this week. The recent eruptions of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajoekull volcano are disrupting business systems on a global scale. We have been reminded once again of nature’s brute force and primordial beauty. The continuing volcanic ash cloud is having holistic and systematic repercussions. Starting with air travel disruption, the impact is now ricocheting across international business and global supply chains. What will happen if the volcano repeats it’s last (1821) eruption cycle of on-and-off spewing of ash for 13 months?
What impact will it have on the long-term viability and sustainability of companies in the region and around the world?

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CSR and the Coming Talent Wars

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Why do talented employees leave companies, often despite good salaries??
I keep hearing this question uttered by talent agents to news casters. They are saying this because, despite the ugly job market, people are jumping ship.
Beyond the typical reasons of bad management, poor working environment, and lack of stimulus – I would say that the top talent are fundamentally looking for something else.

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OS In the News: NGO-Gov-Business Roundtable

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Matthew Rochte of Opportunity Sustainability was in the news this week for their participation in the Wisconsin Business & Conservation Leaders Roundtable http://badgerherald.com/news/2009/02/26/lawton_talks_green_t.php This was a start of NGO-Business-Governmental partnerships in Wisconsin in the area of Water. Milwaukee 7 Water Council along with the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Johnson Foundation and several other NGO/nonprofits […]

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