Above & Beyond

This Environmental Help Desk section provides a resource to help your company sort through the many green and sustainable business certifications and you understand
• The best fit for your business
• Certification costs
• Credibility (in other words, who is behind it)

Apr
17
2014
May 6: Energy and Water in Your Operations and Supply Chains

May 6, don’t miss the Corporate Citizenship Center’s annual environment forum: Accelerating Sustainability: Energy and Water in Your Operations and Supply Chains” — agenda here and registration here.   At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Accelerating Sustainability Forum, in partnership with the US Business Council for Sustainable Development, the …

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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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Apr
1
2014
Achieving Energy and Water Security: Scalable Solutions from the Private Sector

“What are the most pressing energy and water problems facing society? How is the private sector addressing these challenges? These questions and more are the focus of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center publication, Achieving Energy and Water Security: Scalable Solutions from the Private Sector. Featuring more …

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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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Feb
24
2014
May 6: Accelerating Sustainability: Energy + Water in Your Operations & Supply Chains

MAY 6, 2014 – 8:00AM – 5:30PM at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C (View the latest agenda here). You slashed your water consumption. You shrank your energy bill. You improved efficiencies in your supply chain. Now what? It’s time to put sustainability to work for your business. Join …

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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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Feb
10
2014
How Companies of All Sizes Tap into Innovation

Recently, we’ve been talking a lot about how small businesses have been leading the charge in creating new innovations that are great for the bottom line, but also happen to be great for the environment. There are small technology firms creating smart thermostats and software that help measure and control …

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Amanda is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received her master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, specializing in Public Relations. She received her bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech, where she majored in Environmental Policy and Planning and...
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Dec
17
2013
Small Business & Environmental Innovation: Unique Challenges, New Opportunities

“Large companies can have outsized impacts through environmental innovation. Mention Walmart, Shell, Coca Cola, or FedEx, and most people will have seen a story on their environmental efforts. While their reach is very different, smaller enterprises can also play an important role through environmental innovation. Small businesses touch everyone: They …

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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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Oct
1
2013
Business Leaders Committed to Tackling Water Challenges

“Last month in New York, I attended the CEO Water Mandate conference on corporate water stewardship, which was part of the UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit that brought together leaders from business, government, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to harness the …

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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
28
2013
Suppliers, Responsible Sourcing, and Your Company’s Reputation

“If you have been following the garment manufacturing tragedy in Bangladesh, you are well aware of the outrage expressed over the factory collapse. You also are aware of the pressure likely to be exerted on retail outlets and clothing labels to ensure such deplorable and unsafe working conditions are not …

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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
25
2013
The Network Effect: How Business Drives Progress: Oct. 9th-11th

“Join BCLC for its first-ever annual corporate responsibility conference, The Network Effect: How Business Drives Progress from October 9-11 in Washington, D.C. The Network Effect will host business, government, and nonprofit leaders to share best practices and foster strategic partnerships—all while participants roll up their sleeves in action-oriented sessions to …

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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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Jun
11
2013
Survey: The Greener the Business, The Greener the Bottom Line

“Three out of four small businesses responding to a recent survey reported that, unlike much of the economy, sales for green products and services actually increased over the course of the recent economic downturn. Among those businesses, the greener the company’s practices, the higher their sales, according to a major …

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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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May
28
2013
Sustainable purchasing gets its own umbrella organization

 ”SPC (Sustainable Purchasing Council), which launches officially at a July meeting in Washington, D.C., didn’t set out to create its own rating system. Rather, it borrows a page from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building framework by using existing certifications and guidance to inform a systemic approach to …

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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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