Follow these nine suggestions to transform your business into a zero waste facility. They’ll help the environment – and make your employees happier.
Businesses generate billions of tons of industrial solid waste each year, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Much of it gets dumped in landfills, which become hubs for wasted resources and greenhouse gases.
The renewables industry can use lessons learned from serving big business to get universities off old-school fossil fuel energy.
In 2015, corporations bought roughly 3.2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from utility-scale renewable energy facilities, which generate power from sources like wind and solar and then pump it into the grid to supply energy to utilities and other customers. Indeed, corporations surpassed utilities last year as the majority buyers of wind power. But universities may be the next big customer for utility-scale renewable energy.
A few years ago, “showrooming” – in which a customer checks out a product at a physical store and then buys it from a different business online – looked like the harbinger of doom for brick-and-mortar retailers.
When participating in the circular economy, businesses use leftover materials and byproducts from their own manufacturing – or from other companies, obtained in an increasingly popular process called "materials matching."
To understand the circular economy, think of the old saying: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Only imagine that idea scaled up – way up – to apply to big businesses.
By 2030 it will be cheaper to choose wind and solar than coal and gas in most parts of the world, making the decision to go entirely renewable more feasible. Here’s how your company can prepare.
As it becomes ever more urgent to preserve the environment, a growing number of businesses are prioritizing sustainability. More than 50 companies around the world have pledged to work toward using 100% renewable energy to power their operations. Big technology corporations and traditional consumer brands alike are on their way to a low carbon footprint by turning to renewables to keep the lights on.
Community outreach has become a pillar of corporate sustainability. Here’s how to include it in your business
In corporate volunteerism, a company’s employees and retirees work together with local young students and residents to revitalize a community in need. Schools are cleaned up, fresh flowerbeds are planted in parks and colorful murals are painted in children’s play areas.
But there’s more to the project than the short-term satisfaction of people from different backgrounds working together for a day. Mentoring relationships and future volunteer collaborations are born.
Conserving water drives efficiency and also helps companies save money. Here’s how
It’s no surprise that water is at the core of the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), given its connection to health, climate change and resiliency. The SDGs seek to improve water quality and to substantially increase recycling and safe reuse globally by 2030.
It’s just not environmental advocates who are talking about sustainable seafood these days. Concerned chefs, supermarket executives and suppliers are taking action to ensure that seafood is responsibly sourced and served.