Monthly Archives: June 2009

Jun
29
2009

Green Plus Spotlight: Winning Workplaces

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Green Plus Spotlight: Winning Workplaces

Green Plus recently received the honor of taking an insider’s look into Winning Workplaces’s selection process for its “Top Small Workplaces” award.  Winning Workplaces is a non-profit whose mission is to help small and midsize organizations create high-performing workplaces.  Winning Workplaces does a tremendous job of highlighting the fact that …

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Teddy Salgado is a master's student at Duke's Fuqua School of Business pursuing his MBA with concentrations in Social Entrepreneurship and Decision Sciences. His professional interests include business strategy and development, particularly with environmentally and socially sustainable...
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Jun
25
2009
Test Your Sustainable Business IQ!

Learning about ways to cut costs and improve business practices while doing something good for the environment and employees is one of the missions of the Green Plus program. If your business hasn’t yet taken the dive into the Green Plus certification (or even if you have), here are some …

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Amanda is currently pursuing a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning with a specialization in land/use and environmental planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before coming to UNC, she was a Park Naturalist at Gulf Branch Nature Center, for Arlington County, Virginia...
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Jun
24
2009
Unpacking the Stimulus Package: ARC Program Off to a Slow Start

Unpacking the Stimulus Package, Vol. 4 On June 15th, the Small Business Administration began accepting applications for their short-term deferred-payment ARC loan program.  By the end of the first week, however, only four national banks had signed on to the program and only 72 of an estimated 10,000 loans had …

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Brooks Rainey Pearson is a dual degree student at UNC working toward a law degree as well as a master's degree in City and Regional Planning. Brooks graduated from UNC in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and spent six years in the Outer Banks where she owned and operated three yoga...
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Jun
23
2009
Shedding Light on the Lightbulb Debate

CFLs, LEDs, incadescents… there are so many options out there for lightbulbs these days, and each has its own advantages and drawbacks. Incandescent bulbs are the traditional lightbulbs that we all grew up with, and have been commercially popular since the days of Thomas Edison. However, incandescent bulbs emit not …

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Elizabeth Liedel is a joint degree candidate at Duke University, pursuing an MBA at the Fuqua School of Business and a Master of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School for the Environment. She is on the Executive Committee of the Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative and is active in...
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Jun
23
2009
Video: Small Businesses Share Their Experiences Saving Money, Improving Operations through Sustainability

Three small businesses from the landscaping, restaurants, and IT sectors discussed how sustainability in general and Green Plus in particular help them improve operations, save money, and become better environmental and community stewards. The businesses included Bland Landscaping, the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, and iContact. The Triangle Success Forum is …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Jun
22
2009
Revisiting Intuit's New Software Product: Green Snapshot

98% of all businesses have under 100 employees, yet regulators and activists insist on targeting large businesses when advocating more environmentally friendly business practices.  Recognizing this large absence in targeting small and midsized businesses, Intuit has developed a new program called Green Snapshot, which calculates carbon footprint for small and …

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Dale was born and raised in northwestern New Jersey and has considered himself a Tar Heel his entire life. He spent his freshman year at Providence College in Rhode Island and is currently a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in environmental studies and political science. Dale considers...
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Jun
19
2009
Cut Printing Costs, Be Greener

We all try to print less, email more and reduce our waste, but printing and copying is a fact of life for businesses.  Xerox is working on printing technology that could help cut both waste and costs.  The company recently released their new ColorQube 9200 series of multifunction printers, which …

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Teddy Salgado is a master's student at Duke's Fuqua School of Business pursuing his MBA with concentrations in Social Entrepreneurship and Decision Sciences. His professional interests include business strategy and development, particularly with environmentally and socially sustainable...
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Jun
19
2009
New Ways to Make Money by Recycling

While recycling benefits the environment by conserving the earth’s resources, it can also be profitable for small, medium, and large businesses.  Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, for example, made $12,860 in 2008 alone by recycling over 140 tons of recyclable materials.  In addition to recycling its own materials, the Cleveland Zoo has …

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Dale was born and raised in northwestern New Jersey and has considered himself a Tar Heel his entire life. He spent his freshman year at Providence College in Rhode Island and is currently a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in environmental studies and political science. Dale considers...
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Jun
18
2009
Small Business Roundtable - How to Stay Competitive in Tough Economic Times

Small Business Roundtable   Who: Gary Hayes, Managing Director of Scale Finance, LLC What: “How to Stay Competitive in Tough Economic Times.” When: Wednesday, July 1 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Where: Chamber Office   Participants will learn to: Identify costs savings and drive efficiencies; Outsource non core functions; …

Jun
17
2009
Unpacking the Stimulus Package: Stimulus Tax Breaks for Small Businesses

Unpacking the Stimulus Package, Vol. 3 The Stimulus Package created, extended or expanded several business tax deductions and credits to help small businesses struggling as a result of the economic downturn.  As some of these tax breaks are only available this year, companies have just a few months to take …

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Brooks Rainey Pearson is a dual degree student at UNC working toward a law degree as well as a master's degree in City and Regional Planning. Brooks graduated from UNC in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and spent six years in the Outer Banks where she owned and operated three yoga...
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