Workforce For Good: Engaging Employees in Sustainability/CSR

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17 leaders in sustainability and CSR in 12 Midwest Fortune level companies provide a rare inside look to successful employee engagement in sustainability/CSR in the new white paper Workforce For Good available for download at www.workforceforgood.com.

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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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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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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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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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Inspired by Walmart

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This summer I was impressed when I watched the Walmart Sustainability Milestone Meeting. The meeting coincided with the announcement of a Sustainability Index and followed the previous month’s release of the Walmart Sustainability Report. I was impressed by the depth and breadth of Walmart’s sustainability efforts.  Many sustainability/green/csr colleagues had to stop in their tracks and [...]

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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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CSR – Where to start?

Q: My company wants to start a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.  Where do you start CSR initiatives? A: Done right, CSR is a systematic and strategic approach to business sustainability.  Note:  I will be using sustainability and CSR interchangeably. The first questions to ask you and your company revolve around your company’s intent behind [...]

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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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