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The Truth About Green Business

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Everything you need to know to green your business and grow your profit.

• The truth about what climate change means for your business

• The truth about running lean and green

• The truth about future proofing your business

Simply the best thinking

THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

This book reveals 52 PROVEN GREEN STRATEGIES and bite-size, easy-to-use techniques that get results.

 “This little book is inspiring in its range and practicality—not just for CEOs, but for every member of the enterprise…an exceptionally useful guide for ‘going green’ at any scale of enterprise.”

CHIP CONLEY, CEO, Joie de Vivre Hospitality

“In a world where green business advice is rampant, this is the one resource you need: a field guide that combines insight and inspiration with a solid, actionable path forward.”

JOEL MAKOWER, Executive Editor, GreenBiz.com

Introduction     ix

Part I: The Truth About Green Business

TRUTH 1: What is a green business?      1

TRUTH 2: Why green your business?      5

TRUTH 3: How to approach greening your business     9

TRUTH 4: Why now?      13

TRUTH 5: Climate change and your business     17

Part II: The Truth About Green Strategy

TRUTH 6: Profit and purpose     23

TRUTH 7: How green is good enough?      27

TRUTH 8: Green regulations     31

Part III: The Truth About Green Operations

TRUTH 9: Secrets hiding in plain sight     35

TRUTH 10: Eco-efficiency: Good for business and the environment     39

TRUTH 11: Waste? Not! Eliminating non-product      43

TRUTH 12: EcoAudits can guide your course     47

TRUTH 13: Running lean and green     53

TRUTH 14: Carbon footprinting     57

TRUTH 15: Reducing your carbon footprint     63

Part IV: The Truth About Green Marketing

TRUTH 16: Green branding and messaging     67

TRUTH 17: Creating strong EcoLabels     71

TRUTH 18: Green marketing claims     77

TRUTH 19: Reaching conscious consumers     81

Part V: The Truth About Green Products and Services

TRUTH 20: What makes a product green?      85

TRUTH 21: Product take-back     89

TRUTH 22: Product to service     93

TRUTH 23: What makes a service green?      97

Part VI: The Truth About Green Design

TRUTH 24: Biomimicry–learning from life    

TRUTH 25: Reducing your product footprints     105

TRUTH 26: Cradle to cradle     109

TRUTH 27: Design with nature     113

TRUTH 28: Innovation is at the heart of greening     117

Part VII: The Truth About Green Procurement

TRUTH 29: Environmentally preferable purchasing     121

TRUTH 30: Supply chain management and partnerships     125

TRUTH 31: Supplier scorecards     129

TRUTH 32: Clearing the rising bar     133

Part VIII: The Truth About Green Buildings

TRUTH 33: LEED standards for green buildings     137

TRUTH 34: The cost of green building     141

TRUTH 35: Green buildings improve productivity     145

TRUTH 36: Integrative design for green building     149

Part IX: The Truth About Green IT

TRUTH 37: Computers and electronics     153

TRUTH 38: Creating more effi cient data centers     157

TRUTH 39: How IT can drive greening     161

Part X: The Truth About Green Management

TRUTH 40: Engaging employees     165

TRUTH 41: Engaging stakeholders     169

TRUTH 42: Keeping score     173

TRUTH 43: Employee incentives     177

TRUTH 44: Environmental management systems     181

Part XI: The Truth About Green Finance

TRUTH 45: Profit, value, and risk     185

TRUTH 46: Reality-based accounting     189

TRUTH 47: Investing in green and attracting green investment     193

TRUTH 48: Carbon trading and offsets     197

TRUTH 49: Fiduciary duty     201

Part XII: The Truth About Green Futures

TRUTH 50: Certainty in the face of uncertainty     207

TRUTH 51: Scenario planning     211

TRUTH 52: Future proofing     215

APPENDIX A: References     219

Acknowledgments     228

About the Author     229

Note: Appendix B is available online at no charge at www.informit.com/title/978078973

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedications
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. TRUTH 1. What is a green business?
  7. TRUTH 2. Why green your business?
  8. TRUTH 3. How to approach greening your business
  9. TRUTH 4. Why now?
  10. TRUTH 5. Climate change and your business
  11. TRUTH 6. Profit and purpose
  12. TRUTH 7. How green is good enough?
  13. TRUTH 8. Green regulations
  14. TRUTH 9. Secrets hiding in plain sight
  15. TRUTH 10. Eco-efficiency: Good for business and the environment
  16. TRUTH 11. Waste? Not! Eliminating non-product
  17. TRUTH 12. EcoAudits can guide your course
  18. TRUTH 13. Running lean and green
  19. TRUTH 14. Carbon footprinting
  20. TRUTH 15. Reducing your carbon footprint
  21. TRUTH 16. Green branding and messaging
  22. TRUTH 17. Creating strong EcoLabels
  23. TRUTH 18. Green marketing claims
  24. TRUTH 19. Reaching conscious consumers
  25. TRUTH 20. What makes a product green?
  26. TRUTH 21. Product take-back
  27. TRUTH 22. Product to service
  28. TRUTH 23. What makes a service green?
  29. TRUTH 24. Biomimicry—learning from life
  30. TRUTH 25. Reducing your product footprints
  31. TRUTH 26. Cradle to cradle
  32. TRUTH 27. Design with nature
  33. TRUTH 28. Innovation is at the heart of greening
  34. TRUTH 29. Environmentally preferable purchasing
  35. TRUTH 30. Supply chain management and partnerships
  36. TRUTH 31. Supplier scorecards
  37. TRUTH 32. Clearing the rising bar
  38. TRUTH 33. LEED standards for green buildings
  39. TRUTH 34. The cost of green building
  40. TRUTH 35. Green buildings improve productivity
  41. TRUTH 36. Integrative design for green building
  42. TRUTH 37. Computers and electronics
  43. TRUTH 38. Creating more efficient data centers
  44. TRUTH 39. How IT can drive greening
  45. TRUTH 40. Engaging employees
  46. TRUTH 41. Engaging stakeholders
  47. TRUTH 42. Keeping score
  48. TRUTH 43. Employee incentives
  49. TRUTH 44. Environmental management systems
  50. TRUTH 45. Profit, value, and risk
  51. TRUTH 46. Reality-based accounting
  52. TRUTH 47. Investing in green and attracting green investment
  53. TRUTH 48. Carbon trading and offsets
  54. TRUTH 49. Fiduciary duty
  55. TRUTH 50. Certainty in the face of uncertainty
  56. TRUTH 51. Scenario planning
  57. TRUTH 52. Future proofing
  58. Appendix A. References
  59. Acknowledgments
  60. About the Author
  61. About the Contributors
  62. Appendix B References