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Round Wheel Rolls!

Leave it to Mark Fiore to find a humorous way to point out the the paradigm shift and challenges of communicating the need for [fill-in-the-blank] (sustainability,  green business, corporate social responsibility, climate change, green house gas cap and trade, etc.)  Despite the scientific evidence, the peer reviewed journals, the business school program adoption and conversion, […]

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Rethinking Waste: Firehoses, Coffee Sacks, & CSR

Ran across another British firm rethinking industrial waste streams as supply streams. Eako is upcycling. They are taking condemned fire-hose and waste coffee sacks and creating belts (marrying them with reclaimed pewter), placemats, bags (lined with decommissioned office furniture textiles or scrap sail cloth), purses (made from hoses and optical bags), and wallets.

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Biomimicry Opportunity: Pollution Study via Energy Conserving Robotic Fish

Biomimicry in action. Looking toward nature to find new solutions for sustainability, design, systems. Scientists using shape, movement, and communication patterns to solve pollution discovery. How does nature approach similar business challenges that you have? How does nature use systems to find easier “cost effective” solutions? What are the opportunities for sustainability in biomimicry?

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Biomimicry Opportunity: A New OS Series

Biomimicry Opportunity: In this Opportunity Sustainability℠ series of articles we will explore sustainability opportunities being found in using biomimicry and bioneering. Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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Opportunity Squared: How much is your garden worth?

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Why bring up gardens in a business website? We bring it up because gardens represent interesting sets of paradigm shifts for home economics and business: burden to opportunity; obscure notion to practical choices; and unexpected opportunities from being practical. It is opportunity in sustainability. Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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Rethinking – Saltwater Energy

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There is a new idea afoot in the Netherlands these days and they have an opportunity to take advantage of it. The idea is generating saltwater power by a process called reverse electrodialysis. Is this a new clean energy? Is this taking a threat and turning it into an opportunity? Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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Rethinking Waste: a new series

Rethinking Waste: This Opportunity Sustainability℠ series will look at how companies are rethinking waste to find the opportunities in being sustainable. When I consult on sustainability one of the biggest opportunities for serving the triple bottom line is to look at the waste. All waste can be opportunity. Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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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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Opportunity Reality: Really Big Numbers

One of the challenges with sustainable thinking is the challenge of really big numbers. These really big numbers overwhelm us easily – we don’t have a mental model for them. When you look at sustainability issues of climate change, environmental impact, global energy consumptions, water volumes, and plastic production we talk in billions, trillions, and quadrillions. TED presents Chris Jordan who may have a way to do that. Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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2009 State of Green Business Report

The 2009 State of Green Business is the most comprehensive assessment of the state of Green Business out there. I found last year’s issue to be a powerful resource and benchmarking tool. If you want rapidly learn up on green and what the best and worst players are doing get yourself a copy. Author: Matthew Rochte, Sustainability Consultant http://www.OpportunitySustainability.com

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