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The 7 Habits of Highly Sustainable Businesses

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Most companies, regardless of their size or industry, believe that sustainability is becoming a mainstream, even essential, element of business strategy. Those hoping to gain competitive advantage, therefore, should be looking at the practices and approaches being implemented by early adopters of sustainability-driven management. That’s the conclusion drawn by researchers in a recent special report [...]
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Sustainable Seafood Can Give Food Purveyors a Competitive Advantage

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Most of the seafood sold to U.S. consumers happens through restaurants and retailers. As “gatekeepers” of the nation’s fish supply, these businesses can help improve the health of the global ecosystems by offering only sustainable catch to their customers, say the good folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, who are well-schooled on [...]
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Greening Your Mail Can Reduce Costs, Save the Planet

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Many entrepreneurs would like to make environmentally friendly choices, but when push comes to shove, the only green they really care about is making money. Business, after all, is about the bottom line. With this in mind, Minnesota-based ecoEnvelopes develops mailing solutions that help companies cut expenses, increase cash flow, and protect the planet at [...]
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Saving Main Street Is Good for Business — and Sustainable

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“Old is the new green,” at least when it comes to downtown revitalization efforts in the United States, says the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The private nonprofit organization believes that saving buildings is the best way to create economically viable and sustainable city centers. The group advocates for the restoration and reuse of existing [...]
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America’s Green Cities (Part 1): East of the Rockies

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The city of Cleveland last fall enacted a ground-breaking “buy local and sustainable law” that gives sustainable small businesses an advantage when bidding on city contracts. The legislation, part of a larger effort to lead the emerging green economy, grants certified companies the same benefits as minority- and women-owned enterprises (which receive extra credit for becoming [...]
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Curbside Recycling Demystified: What Goes and What Doesn't

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More than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of the owner’s home, which can make recycling a bigger challenge than it already is. A recent post looked at how to dispose of used office equipment and supplies — batteries, ink cartridges, light bulbs, etc. — easily and responsibly. But what about other unwanted [...]
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Sustainable in Seattle: Mighty House Construction Goes Green Beyond Building

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For entrepreneur Laura Elfline, sustainability isn’t just a practical means of doing business, it’s a way of life. In 2009, Elfline co-founded Mighty House Construction, a Seattle-based residential construction company with her husband, Doug, a second-generation builder. The pair routinely goes beyond LEED and green building considerations to take a truly holistic approach to new [...]
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Georgia: The "Entrepreneur Friendly" State

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The better equipped a community is to help its local businesses, the more its businesses will be helped — and the more sustainable its economy will be. It’s a simple concept, really, and one that the state of Georgia has put into practice with remarkable results. Georgia is home to nearly 655,600 incorporated businesses, the [...]
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