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What’s the next step for sustainable business?

Sure, you’ve gotten rid of the Styrofoam cups and replaced them with reusable containers, you’re turning off lights and shutting down your computer monitors, and you’re even ramping up a telecommuting practice for your employees. Do these environmental successes have you wondering what’s next for corporate sustainability in your business? Corporate sustainability is one of the biggest drivers of positive …

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Six tips for a green Valentine’s Day

If you’re really committed to greening your Valentine’s Day, you’ll stay home on the couch, get sauced, and belt out angry/sappy love tunes in manner of Bridget Jones. Alas, not everyone can be a bitter singleton, and not even all bitter singletons enjoy a zero-emissions pity party. Here are some less hostile ways to green up the pink and red …

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PGi Supports Social Good Summit Austin’s Pilot Work From Home Day

Today, I am uniting with many other Austinites to increase awareness of telecommuting’s benefits. Social Good Summit Austin’s pilot Work From Home (WFH) Day is underway, and our city couldn’t be a more perfect place to support this initiative. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate how ozone levels and carbon emissions due to traffic congestion decrease when a …

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Meet the winner of PGi and MNN’s Room with a View contest

Alyson Lucy

Alyson Lucey and her husband, Sean, of Massachusetts will be traveling to Costa Rica in May to spend seven days at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, the country’s first certified sustainable hotel. A longtime fan of the Mother Nature Network, Alyson says MNN is her homepage and that she often spends hours reading articles on the website. …

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The Role of Telecommuting During Super Storm Sandy

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Super Storm Sandy impacted thousands of knowledge workers along the Eastern coast. The widespread damage to and destruction of personal vehicles coupled with storm-paralyzed public transportation systems throughout seaboard cities left countless professionals stranded at home, isolated from their traditional professional environments. The storm also knocked out power to more than 8.1 million homes and businesses along the Eastern Seaboard, …

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Recycle your technology: green ways to get rid of cell phones and chargers

With the death or upgrade of every cellphone comes the inevitable question of what to do with the phone and its accouterments. It’s easy to end up with a drawer of tangled cords, dead batteries and other components, promising yourself that you’ll deal with it someday, but why not turn over a new leaf? You can do a lot of …

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AT&T launches eco-rating system

In February AT&T announced that it would be bringing an eco-rating system to market. Certain AT&T-branded mobile devices would feature an eco-rating label so customers could not only compare product specifications among devices but also compare the environmental footprint of these same devices. Yesterday, the eco-rating system debuted at stores across the country. The system rates a product on 15 …

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Green your workplace for America Recycles Day 2012

The 2012 Keep America Beautiful America Recycles Day (ARD) is still a few months away, November 15, but event registration is now open. Organizations that register an event now will have early access to a variety of materials including a best practices guide, recycling swag, activity ideas and more. According to Keep America Beautiful, America Recycles Day “celebrates the benefits of …

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3 Steps for Creating a Sustainable HR Function: Green Recruitment Trends

It feels good to be green — especially in Human Resources. With the desire to be environmentally conscious and maximize HR effectiveness, green recruitment trends are quickly becoming top-of-mind action items for businesses across the globe. Over the past 10 years, environmental sustainability trends have cropped up throughout the enterprise, and HR departments are leading the charge. And for good …

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How much does solar cost? Infographic

Do you know how much solar costs to install, what you could save each month in energy bills each month and what you could potentially save over time? Plenty of homeowners have asked these questions, but they can be difficult ones to answer. One Block off the Grid took the estimates of more than 45,000 homeowners and came up with …

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Featured on GreenBiz.com: How to know if telecommuting will work for your employees

It’s a no-brainer, really. Telecommuting can save businesses billions of dollars in travel costs and overhead expenses while also significantly reducing environmental pollutants and paper consumption. Teleworking benefits to the planet are widely recognized and valued: cities cleaner air, businesses increased efficiency and productivity, and lower operational costs. Each person telecommuting just one day a week can save the company …

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The rising cost of utilities in America: Infographic

Bills for basic gas and electricity reached record highs in 2011, and the trend isn’t likely to end any time soon. See where rates are rising and why in this infographic from One Block off the Grid.                                               …

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Recycle my phone

Maybe you’ve worn it out by making who-knows-how-many calls and sending even more emoticon-filled text messages. Or maybe you just want to upgrade to a higher-octane model. Whatever the case, you’re ready to get rid of your old cellphone, and you find yourself asking the question, “How can I recycle my phone?” Fortunately, you have plenty of options, from dropping it …

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Ten jobs changed by video conferencing

In our quest to get the best service possible, whether from doctors, music teachers or financial consultants, we were once limited by geography. But since the advent of the webcam, our options have become virtually limitless. Video conferencing has made interactive meetings possible even when the participating parties are located in different countries. Now, a wide range of occupations are …

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Telecommuting and the planet

To many workers, telecommuting seems ideal. Work from home, and you can say goodbye to long, frustrating commutes during rush hour, save money on gas, avoid distractions and trade in stuffy suits for loungewear. The hardest part about becoming a teleworker may be convincing your boss that it’s a good idea in the first place. But as more employers have …

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A continuing conversation on cleantech in Germany

In a previous article on PGi, we applauded the unprecedented cleantech efforts underway in Germany, led by the government’s decision to phase out the country’s nuclear reactors by 2022 and convert their power grid to renewable energy sources by mid-century. Germany’s eco-consciousness extends also to the principles of sustainability being incorporated into their product designs and urban development. In this …

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‘Like’ this: Facebook and Greenpeace to collaborate on clean energy

Agreement comes nearly two years into Greenpeace’s campaign criticizing Facebook’s coal-powered data centers.                       Photo credit: Pshab/Flickr Facebook and Greenpeace have decided to bury the hatchet and become friends. It’s the end of a two-year feud that led Greenpeace to openly and frequently criticize the social networking giant for using …

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What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?

A swirling sea of plastic bags, bottles and other debris is growing in the North Pacific, and now another one has been found in the Atlantic. But how did they get there? And is there anything we can do to clean them up? Not all garbage ends up at the dump. A river, sewer or beach can’t catch everything the …

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Easy Green Resolutions for Your Business in 2012

Having suffered through the historical drought that scorched Texas this past summer and being befuddled by a winter that seems more like spring, many of us are embracing terms like “climate change,” “climate weirdness” and “global warming” to describe the unprecedented shifts in our planet’s weather patterns. Although we may struggle to articulate our concerns, not always knowing the precise scientific …

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Welcome to the urban (sustainability) century

Half the world now lives in cities, and by midcentury 75 percent of us will be urbanites. To make our cities sustainable, look to the 2012 TED Prize and a fascinating new documentary called Urbanized. Photo courtesy of David Schenfeld/Flickr By the middle of this century, there will be as many people living in cities worldwide as there are alive …

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