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Mar
8
2009
Despite Economy, Companies Adding Chief Sustainability Officers

Green Inc., the New York Times blog on Energy, Environment and the Bottom Line, reports that even given the current state of the economy, companies are adding Chief Sustainability Officers. The CSO, which used to be seen primarily as a compliance position, is now seen not only as critical 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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Mar
7
2009
Environment Meets Thrift with ZipCar

“Zipcar, however, exuberantly markets the notion that life is better without ownership – car ownership, at least. Zipcar doesn’t tell people not to drive; it urges them not to own. It’s such a brazen conceit that it would seem positively communist if Zipcar weren’t run by a bunch of fervent …

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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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Mar
4
2009
"How Green Is Your Message?"

Green messaging is not just what you say about your business, but how you say it. Michael Anschel covers a number of environmentally friendly measures your business can take as you execute your marketing strategy. Click here for the full article by Michael Anschel for Remodeling.?

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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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Feb
28
2009
March 16 Presentation by the Author of Smart Green

A public presentation by Smart Green author, Jonathan Estes, will be hosted by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School on Monday, March 16 at 6pm. At the subsequent reception early release copies of the book will be available. Mr. Estes, CEO of Strategic Measures, Inc., will present …

Feb
28
2009
Will Companies Stay Green in Recession?

 “In the past few years, many companies have made the effort to become more green — from launching sustainability initiatives to cutting energy use. But in this economic downturn, is corporate green fervor dwindling?” Sarah Gardner reports from National Public Radio’s Marketplace.

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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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Feb
10
2009
America's Untapped Energy Resource: Boosting Efficiency

“This may sound too good to be true, but the U.S. has a renewable-energy resource that is perfectly clean, remarkably cheap, surprisingly abundant and immediately available. It has astounding potential to reduce the carbon emissions that threaten our planet, the dependence on foreign oil that threatens our security and the …

Feb
4
2009
Profits Go Hand in Hand with Green Initiatives at Walmart

From the New York Times: “Today, the roughly 200 million customers who pass through Wal-Mart’s doors each year buy fluorescent light bulbs that use up to 75 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs, concentrated laundry detergent that uses 50 percent less water and prescription drugs that contain 50 percent less …

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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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Feb
2
2009
'Local Business List Hits the Web' Article by The Daily Tar Heel

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and DesignHammer have partnered to create WeBuyLocal.org. This website lists chamber members and is searchable by item or industry. In an effort to help their members succeed in these times of uncertainty, the Chamber launched this site on January 27, 2009. To read the …

Jan
30
2009
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber First in NC to Offer Discounted Health Options

The Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Piedmont Health, has created a pilot program to offer health care to its members at a discounted rate. Members who take advantage of this trial program will be able to visit any of Piedmont Health’s facilities and receive a doctor’s care and prescription …

Jan
30
2009
Bland Landscaping Sustainability Checklist

The Landscaping industry creates wonderful expressions of natural beauty that are enjoyed by many.  Good landscaping reduces carbon dioxide, cools the air, stabilizes soil and provides habitat for countless animals. Because we spend our days caring for the built environment, we realize more than most people that the time for positive …

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