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Building a Culture of Sustainability in the Workplace

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The more aware we become of sustainability and what we can do to lessen our impact on the environment, the more organizations are looking to engage their employees in sustainable efforts in the workplace. There are 5 main steps that are extremely beneficial to ensure compliance and engagement with sustainability practices; permit, educate and engage, act, embed, and evaluate. The first step, permit, is important to establish support and permission from top leaders and management. Second, by educating employees of the newly established practices, they are more likely going to be willing and able to engage in eco-friendly practices. The most common ways to do this is to establish “green teams” among employees, volunteers to ensure compliance, social media, and awards or incentives for contributing to the effort. Next, each employee should have the knowledge and resources to be empowered to take action in the office, in their home, and elsewhere in the community. The fourth step is to embed sustainability efforts into the corporate culture. By doing this, sustainability should be mentioned in or involved in recruitment, operations, employee performance reviews, and product/service development. Finally, evaluate how you are doing. Gauge how all of your efforts are impacting the community and how well it has been integrated into the culture of the workplace. The goal of the 5 aforementioned steps is to really create a sustainable culture in a timely manner and realize the value of these efforts.

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A Great Way to Reuse!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

It seems as if printed/developed pictures are becoming a thing of the past. However, there will always be a demand for nicely printed and framed pictures in our homes and workplaces. A young couple from Virginia posted in their blog/website a unique way to have nicely framed pictures by using their used jewel CD cases. They express that ever since they started using the increasingly popular photography tool, Instagram, they have wanted to find a fun way to showcase their family photos. They realized after ordering the printouts of their photos, with a small trim these photos fit snugly into the front of a jewel case. Not only does this solution protect photos as they hang, but should a problem arise these easy-to-come-by picture frames cost less than a dollar to replace. Not only is this an economically friendly craft to spruce up your home, but it is a great way to re-use a product that would inevitably sit in a landfill otherwise.

 

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March Madness Begins: Sustainable Sixteen Unveils Top Environmental and Sustainable Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

In the midst of March Madness, Enviance, Inc. and Environmental Leader recently unveiled the “Sustainable 16,” a group of sixteen colleges and universities who demonstrate excellence in environmental academics. The “Sustainable 16” are now in the running to become the first-ever March Madness “National Champion” in the tournament that highlights Environmental Studies. To be considered in the running for the Sustainable 16, schools were required to fill out a survey to explain why they should be selected and what they have done in the field to validate their credentials. A panel of experts then evaluated the answers to round out the list.

Rounding out the Sustainable 16 are… (in alphabetical order)

  1. Baylor University
  2. Colby College
  3. Colorado State University
  4. Cornell University
  5. Duke University
  6. Humboldt State University
  7. Montana State University
  8. Ohio State University
  9. Purdue University
  10. Rochester Institute of Technology
  11. Temple University
  12. University of California, Davis
  13. University of Florida
  14. University of Michigan – Dearborn
  15. UNC Asheville
  16. University of Texas at Arlington

The tournament will mirror the format of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament and will evaluate colleges and universities on the academic and sustainability abilities. Schools across the country were sent out a survey to ensure qualification. The survey response covered topics related to curriculum, graduation rate, facilities and student retention.

After being announced as part of the Sustainable 16, faculty and students are being asked to support their entries with short essays, social media or video submissions. Based on their responses, they will have the potential to advance to the “Environmental Eight” or the “Final Four” to eventual first-ever “National Champion.”  The “Environmental Eight” will be announced on Monday, March 26.

Tournament winners will be awarded $5000 to the environmental and sustainability department of one National Champion. The department chair or member of the faculty will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego to attend the Enviance User Conference April 16-2 where they will lead a panel titled, “What Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Need to Know.”

More information on the March Madness Tournament for environmental studies can be found by emailing Enviance@schwartzmsl.com, or by visiting  http://www.enviance.com/march-madness or http://www.environmentalleader.com . You can also follow @enviance or @ELDaily on Twitter.

 

Facebook Uses Arctic Air To Save Energy

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Facebook announced another eco-friendly effort to continue greening up its empire. They will have a new server farm located in Luleå, Sweden. Because this location in Sweden sits in the freezing cold (the Arctic to be exact), the servers will be cooled naturally saving tons of energy.

With all of the activity on Facebook, its servers are working hard around the clock and produce a lot of excess heat. Traditionally, server farms require expensive, complicated air conditioning systems to prevent over heating. But when your servers are sitting in the Arctic, cooler temperatures will naturally create a cooling system. Facebook’s server farms span 175,000 square feet. It costs $75 million each year to run the servers in the Arctic. Imagine the costs of having a server farm in a warm climate- yikes! The Swedish server farm will also enjoy the benefits of the nearby Luleå River, which provides green and affordable hydro-electric power.

Luleå is in Northern Sweden and is as close to the North Pole as Siberia, and averages a chilly 35 degrees Fahrenheit year round.

The World of Upcycling

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or products that cannot be recycled into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. This is a fairly new term in our increasingly eco-conscious world. Upcycling embraces uniqueness and creativity because upcycled products are truly one of a kind.

One of the pioneers of upcycling is TerraCycle. They are taking wasteful materials such as drink pouches, chip bags, and tooth brushes and making them into a variety of neat consumer products. TerraCycle’s products are available through a number of retailers including Wal-Mart and Target as well as online.

The goal of TerraCycle is to help eliminate waste. They run their own collection programs at many major retailers, theatres, stadiums, and restaurants. In fact, you can sign up on their website to donate certain waste items to TerraCycle and they’ll pay the shipping to get it from you and donate money to a charity of your choice. Find out more about How TerraCycle Works.

These products are very fun. Take a look at some examples below and check out TerraCycle on Facebook and Twitter.

Recent Poll: Women Most Addicted to Facebook

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Facebook is the second most visited website behind Google. With that said, speculation is growing that the popular networking site may have reached its peak. After a blockbuster growth month in May 2010 of more than 7.8 million new US users, June supplied a growth of only 320,000. Privacy concerns surrounding Facebook is believed to be the explanation for this dropoff.

Though growth rates associated with Facebook have been inconsistent, researchers are finding that its users are becoming more and more addicted once they’ve joined and explored Facebook’s networking capabilities, especially women.

Last week, a poll that surveyed 1,605 adult users found that 34% of women ages 18-34, admitted that Facebook was the first thing that they thought of when they woke up. Further, many said they check Facebook before doing anything else in the morning, including using the restroom. Here are some other interesting statistics from the responses of the same demographic:

* 63% use Facebook for career networking
* 20% admitted to doing middle of the night checks on Facebook
* 48% get their daily news from Facebook posts
* 57% stated they talk to people online more than face to face

Generally speaking, 50% of the 400+ million Facebook users are logged in on any given day. The average user creates 70 pieces of content per month and is connected to 60 pages, groups, or events. The average amount of friends per user is 130 and in general, over 500 billion minutes per month are spent on Facebook.

With these stunning statistics is the June growth decline a cause for alarm for Facebook’s masterminds? If privacy concerns subside, Facebook should have lasting power. The site is very user-friendly which is extremely important with technology becoming more and more advanced. Moreover, users sure have a lot of stock and time invested in their profiles. Switching to a different cyber hangout seems like an unrealistic transition, at least for a while.

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