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Sustainability Plans

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Sustainability Plans

What It Is Sustainability plans are plans developed by an organization or government to achieve goals that foster environmental, community, and financial sustainability. These plans set goals that are particular to the organization in question. The plan will also establish guidelines for achieving and measuring the impact of these objectives. …

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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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Oct
4
2012
Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable

What It Is Accounts receivable (A/R) and accounts payable (A/P) are recordings on a company’s financial statements that show how much is owed to the company and how much the company owes, respectively. On a balance sheet, businesses want to see a higher A/R and a lower A/P. A/R is …

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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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Sep
30
2012
Systems Thinking - BONUS

What It Is Systems thinking is a way of understanding reality that emphasizes the relationship and connections among a system’s parts, rather than the individual parts themselves.[1]  For example, consider a person with a cold. While you can treat the symptoms, systems thinking would require that you look at 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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Nov
28
2011
Supplier Sustainability Scorecards

What It Is Supplier sustainability scorecards are a way for companies to systematically measure the sustainability of their various suppliers. The scorecards generally measure energy and water use, recyclable materials, waste, and greenhouse gas emissions of the entire supply chain.   Why It Matters Major international companies like Wal-Mart and …

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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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Nov
28
2011
Travel Policies

What It Is For most companies, travel is necessary to cultivating and maintaining new business. Travel time and its associated expenses are often a major component of overhead business costs, and can place a drain on company resources and efficiency. A simple methodology to cut both the time and financial …

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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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Nov
15
2011
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

What It Is Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP, is the standard set of rules and guidelines that “specify the financial accounting principles and procedures that firms must use, and the kinds of estimates and judgments that managers must make in applying those principles.”[1] There are different sets of accounting …

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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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Nov
7
2011
Avoiding Greenwashing

What It Is Greenwashing is the act of misleading or making false claims to consumers concerning the environmental benefits of a product or the environmental actions and practices of a company. Why It Matters             In a 2007 study of six big box stores by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing Inc., 1,018 consumer …

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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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Sep
15
2011
Office Signage

What It Is “Office signage” refers to posted signs around the office. The signs may address employees, clients, or both. For example, a sign saying, “Please recycle” addresses anyone standing by the garbage cans. However, a sign saying, “Employees must wash hands” speaks only to staff members. “Office signage” can …

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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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Sep
15
2011
Succession Plans - BONUS

What It Is Succession planning is a process through which organizations prepare to hand over control to the next generation of leadership. The goal is to make the process as smooth as possible so there is little disruption when an owner or employee steps down. Although usually thought of only …

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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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Sep
15
2011
Risk Management Plans - BONUS

What It Is An organization’s risk management plan outlines the potential risks it faces, as well as methods for minimizing or eliminating those risks.[1] The risks and corresponding remedies vary depending on the organization, with examples including financial risks and safety risks.   Why It Matters A risk management plan …

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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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