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Small Business & Environmental Innovation: Unique Challenges, New Opportunities

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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Small (Green) Giants: The Importance of SmallBiz in Environmental Innovation

Small (Green) Giants: The Importance of SmallBiz in Environmental Innovation

“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 …

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10% off member subscriptions until the end of the year!

10% off member subscriptions until the end of the year!

From now until Dec. 31, the Institute for Sustainable Development will be offering a 10% discount on Green Plus member subscriptions.  Normally a $550 value, businesses will be able to sign up and receive a two year membership for only $495.  Any new business is eligible to take part in …

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

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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Our 10th Anniversary: The Road Behind & The Journey Ahead

Our 10th Anniversary: The Road Behind & The Journey Ahead

2014 is the Institute for Sustainable Development’s 10th anniversary as well as the 5th anniversary of our Green Plus program. Over 10 years, the world has changed dramatically, the application of sustainability has evolved, and we at the ISD have been lucky to work with many great businesses, students, and …

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Business Leaders Committed to Tackling Water Challenges

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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Downloadable Plastics Recycling Guide Available Online!

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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Profile: Meet Amanda Komar, ISD’s Managing Director

Profile: Meet Amanda Komar, ISD's Managing Director

1) How long have you been with the Institute for Sustainable Development & Green Plus, and how did you start? In a full-time capacity, I’ve been with the Institute for almost two years.  I originally started as an Institute Green Plus Summer Fellow in June 2011 after I received my Master’s from …

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Triangle Companies Leading the Way to Sustainability

Triangle Companies Leading the Way to Sustainability

(From the News & Observer) “The Triangle’s green business climate has become very robust in the last five years,” said Chris Carmody, executive director of Green Plus, a certification program for small business in North Carolina. “At the grass-roots level, consumers and small businesses alike inherently want to do the right …

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

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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