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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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Start At The Exit – O.S. White Paper

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New Opportunity Sustainability white paper on the quick ROI available when you switch to LED exit signs. Estimated operational cost savings of 93%.

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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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Why attend an RTA Rally?

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Last Saturday I took part in a rally to support the creation of a SE Wisconsin’s RTA. RTA stands for Regional Transit Authority, a governing body that coordinates and champions transit systems in a region. Most metropolitan areas have one. Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin does not.
You may be asking, what does this have to do with sustainability?
Everything.

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Rethinking Waste: Walmart Style

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Here are two Rethinking Waste stories that are worth sharing for their innovative efforts to close the loop and upcycle store waste. These were shown at the Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting – November 12, 2009 1) “The Secret Life of Walmart’s Deli Pizza Box” 2) Of Styrofoam, Workforce Rehabilitation, and Pictureframes: A great story of […]

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Interviewed on Hinton Human Capital Show

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Matthew Rochte, LEED AP was interviewed by Stephen Hinton on Blog Talk Radio for the Hinton Human Capital show.
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility: Fact Vs Fiction

In this overview discussion we explored the origins of CSR and sustainability. We could have easily spent a show talking about each of these along with any number of the topics we touched upon: philosophy, buzzwords, green, GHG, LEED, environmental stewardship, sustainable value frameworks, green jobs, innovation, and compliance versus opportunity and innovation, Opportunity Sustainability℠, and how business coaching plays into sustainability leadership. Check out the show.

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Great CSR implementation articles on Oct 26th

I regularly tweet about CSR and sustainability issues and every once in a while I run across a good guide, list, or case study.  Today has had a flush of these articles that deserved sharing and preserving a little longer than Twitter does. Communicating Corporate Responsibility: 7 rules for communicating CSR by Logos Institute for […]

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Trust – Part I: The Need for Trust

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Trust in Corporations? Trust in corporations is at an all-time low. For the past 10 years, Edelman has released an annual trust report and according to the 2009 Edelman Trust Barometer, U.S. respondents trust in corporations eroded to 38%, a 20 percentage point decline from 2008 numbers.  This means only a third of the public […]

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Red Herrings in Bicycle Commuting

Last summer, when gas prices were hitting $4/gallon I had the fortune of attending a fantastic presentation on bicycle commuting at the Minneapolis EcoTuesday. I was reminded today about that discussion when I read Julie Urlaub’s article on 10 Reasons to Bike Commute to Work .  Kevin Ishaug, owner of Freewheel Bike Center in Midtown […]

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