Small Business & Environmental Innovation: Unique Challenges, New Opportunities

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“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 employ most Americans, are critical job engines, and exist in every community. In environmental innovation, small business owners find that engaging their employees in problem solving generates savings, boosts morale, improves their brand, and often leads to new revenue. BCLC’s Environmental Innovation Map, made possible through support by Shell, features a number of small businesses who are bringing creative solutions to their business. One such company is the Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC), founded in 1988 by brothers Dan and Pat Conway, is one of many examples…”

For the full piece by Chris Carmody, please visit the Business Civic Leadership Center here.

Check out the Business Civic Leadership Center Environmental Innovation Map to learn more about sustainable small business leaders Great Lakes Brewing Company, PlotWatt, and Polyface Farms

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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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