Green Business

Recommended Reading & Links from the Speakers Series Safer Products, Cleaners & Cosmetics

Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
Ecoholic by Adria Vasil

Net-Zero Buildings

Transforming Communities

Organizations and businesses are invited to become Biosphere Charter members, where they will be provided with a self-audit for environmental performance, a best practices manual for enhancing sustainability, and opportunities for workshops & training in their sector.

THE BENEFITS of GREEN BUSINESS (from the Globe & Mail, May 24, 2012)

Sustainable strategies are not just good for the environment but also for business, say the experts. Here are four key benefits:

Lower operating costs. Sustainable policies can lower costs in areas such as energy consumption, administrative overhead, disposal and recycling, equipment depreciation, and maintenance.

Business growth. Sustainability can be a powerful marketing tool that drives revenue growth through customer loyalty, differentiation from competitors, and stronger brand awareness.

Employee engagement. Employees are often highly motivated by environmental issues, and can become more committed to their company by participating in activities that promote sustainability. A reputation for sustainable practices also helps companies recruit the best and the brightest.

Risk mitigation. Sustainability strategies can protect companies against regulatory changes, public relations liabilities, rising fuel prices, and the changing requirements of large customers.