Monthly Archives: August 2010

Aug
31
2010
Banks, Insurance Companies, Backing Away from Environmentally Risky Business

Consumers are demanding ‘green’ products from what they consider to be responsible companies. Large buyers (notably Wal-Mart), are demanding higher environmental standards from their suppliers in order to reduce costs and socially responsible business practices to burnish their image and avoid bad press. Now banks and insurance companies are giving …

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Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth. Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping America's...
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Aug
30
2010
Performance + People = Profit at Asheville's Highland Brewing Co.

Green Plus isn’t only about environmental practices: It’s about combining planet + people + performance to bring about sustainable prosperity. Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin cover how Asheville, N.C., based Highland Brewing Co.’s smart management keeps the beer rolling out and profits rolling in. “The brewing business, though, can be …

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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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Aug
28
2010
Institute to Recognize a ‘Green Plus City’ in 2011 in Partnership with Next American City

In partnership with Next American City and Partners for Livable Communities, the Institute for Sustainable Development will make its first Green Plus City Award for a U.S. or Canadian town or city that has demonstrated exemplary leadership in making its community more sustainable. The Institute for Sustainable Development is a non-profit …

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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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Aug
24
2010
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber Business After Hours This Thursday @ Green Plus Certified Chapel Hill Tire Care Center in Carrboro

Join the Green Plus Team at Certified Green Plus Chapel Hill Tire Care Thursday, August 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the Chapel Hill – Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours (click here for a radio piece on Chapel Hill Tire’s sustainability efforts). In order to earn its …

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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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Aug
18
2010
COSE Offers Cash Prizes (Up to $10,000) and Green Plus Membership - in Its 'Power Up Your Small Business' Challenge

Please  click here for the full blog post by COSE’s Director of Energy Programs, Nicole Stika. “I am curious – how much energy is your small business using and what have you done in the past 12 months to green it up?  I know that increasing energy costs are among …

Aug
17
2010
About the Next American City Challenge

How is your city addressing the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century? Is it  developing transportation alternatives to the car? Is it rehabilitating vacant properties and preparing for demographic shifts and economic changes? Are you and your friends creating innovative ways to engage your fellow citizens and encourage others …

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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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Aug
17
2010
Combined Heat and Power Investments Receive Tax Credits in North Carolina

“Investments in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems are now eligible for North Carolina’s 35 percent renewable energy tax credit for the first time, thanks to House Bill 1829 which was signed into law by Governor Perdue this month. This new incentive will help North Carolina citizens and businesses invest in more efficient and sustainable …

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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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Aug
16
2010
'Social Responsibility Doesn't Have to Hurt Profits'

By Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin for the News & Observer: “Today, there are sophisticated assessments to help entrepreneurs, consumers and investors alike measure how socially responsible a company really is. One tool is the Institute for Sustainable Development’s Green Plus program. Born out of UNC, Duke and local chambers …

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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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Aug
16
2010
Green Plus™ Connects Sustainability, Prosperity For Small Businesses and Communities

  Green Plus™ works with Cleveland, Ohio, & the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center to Connect Sustainability with Economic Opportunity for small business in low wealth urban and rural communities The Institute for Sustainable Development’s mission is to democratize triple bottom line sustainability — making it accessible to smaller …

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Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth. Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping America's...
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Aug
12
2010
Free Webinar on Energy Measurement: The Key to Energy Success

Thursday, September 2, 2010 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT The Center for Sustainable Tourism presents the third webinar in our Renewable Energy in Tourism series.  This free webinar will focus on energy measurement and benchmarking for the tourism industry and how monitoring your energy consumption better can lead to improved …

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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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