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Best practices, tips, resources and articles about sustainable business practices.

Nov
11
2013
NEW PODCAST: High Plains Community Health Center’s employee development programs

In our latest podcast, Managing Director Amanda Komar spoke with Jay Brooke, the Executive Director of High Plains Community Health Center.  Based in the rural southeast Colorado town of Lamar, High Plains has been offering affordable health care for more than 15 years.   Its unique model to health care, …

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Sep
9
2013
Downloadable Plastics Recycling Guide Available Online!

Ever wonder what those little numbers on the bottom of plastic containers mean?  Check out our handy guide on what type of materials are made of which plastics, and where you can commonly find them.  You can view the guide here.  This guide is also downloadable, so feel free to …

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Aug
7
2013
Fair Trade: History, Purpose, and Why You Should Support it

    Fair trade products, though still a tiny portion of the global food market, are nonetheless one of the fastest growing segments of the market. In 2005, about five million farmers participated in fair trade certification programs, and sales reach about $1.6 billion annually.[1] Though fair trade is growing, …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Aug
5
2013
New Podcast!  Sustainability and Employee Training at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

In our latest podcast, Green Plus Community Coordinator Amanda Komar had a chance to chat with Brian Grossman from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, one of the most popular brewers of craft beer in the country.  You can listen to the podcast here. In the podcast, Amanda and Brian talk about …

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Jul
18
2013
Irving Rusinow, May 1941. Coosa Valley, Alabama. Newly completed bunk house over dry cleaning establishment at Childersburg. By 1941, perchloroethylene was recognized as a powerful stain removing agent and had been adopted by dry cleaning operations around the country.

<p>Irving Rusinow, May 1941. Coosa Valley, Alabama. Newly completed bunk house over dry cleaning establishment at Childersburg. By 1941, perchloroethylene was recognized as a powerful stain removing agent and had been adopted by dry cleaning operations around the country.</p>

<p>Irving Rusinow, May 1941. Coosa Valley, Alabama. Newly completed bunk house over dry cleaning establishment at Childersburg. By 1941, perchloroethylene was recognized as a powerful stain removing agent and had been adopted by dry cleaning operations around the country.</p>

<p>Irving Rusinow, May 1941. Coosa Valley, Alabama. Newly completed bunk house over dry cleaning establishment at Childersburg. By 1941, perchloroethylene was recognized as a powerful stain removing agent and had been adopted by dry cleaning operations around the country.</p>

<p>Irving Rusinow, May 1941. Coosa Valley, Alabama. Newly completed bunk house over dry cleaning establishment at Childersburg. By 1941, perchloroethylene was recognized as a powerful stain removing agent and had been adopted by dry cleaning operations around the country.</p>

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Jul
15
2013
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Plasticity Plastics are arguably the most significant alchemical triumph of the twentieth century: the transformation of raw petroleum into innumerable consumer and commercial products and applications. The centrality of plastics to our lives is remarkable in light of the fact that they simply did not exist a few generations ago. …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Jul
1
2013
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Indoor Air Quality Air pollution is commonly thought of as an outdoor air problem, but numerous studies have shown that indoor air pollution is typically worse than outdoor pollution. This is true even in urban centers, where the presence of air pollutants can be anywhere from 2 to 5 times …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Jun
18
2013
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Think you know a lot about going green? Take our quiz and find out your “Green IQ.” Questions 1. T / F: Energy conservation is different than energy efficiency.  2. T / F: USDA organic foods do not use pesticides. 3. T / F: When appliances are off, they use …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Apr
16
2013
New Podcast!  Employee Programs with Tim’s Cascade Snacks

In the second of a series of podcast on premier employers, Green Plus sat down with Tim’s Cascade Snacks to talk about its excellent employee engagement practices, such as English language programs, health promotion programs, workplace training, educational opportunities, as well as long-standing policies of hiring from within. General Manager …

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Jan
23
2013
New Podcast! Employee Training and Education with Bellingham Cold Storage

In the first of a series of podcasts brought to you by the Hitachi Foundation, Green Plus Community Coordinator Amanda Komar spoke with three representatives from Bellingham Cold Storage, based in Bellingham, Washington.    Karen Hollingsworth, Sheryl Hershey, and Doug Thomas spoke with Amanda about BCS’s great employee engagement and training …

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