Showcasing our book “The Power of Collaboration in Business” at ‘Business Over Coffee’ this morning

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BOCI SHARE hosted by Carolyn Bendall on BOCI TV; President of Fashion Academy, Monthly contributor to The Commercial Appeal, BOCI Executive Council and collaborative author of “The Power Of Collaboration in Business.”

RELEASE published by BOCI and BOOK SIGNING will feature the following collaborative authors:

  1. Sherri Henley
  2. Shelley Baur
  3. Jana Cardona
  4. Jo Garner
  5. Carolyn Bendall
  6. Mary Singer
  7. Debra Norwood
  8. Terri Murphy
  9. Delmar Johnson

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Top 5 Benefits of a Sustainability Audit

Why a Sustainability Audit?

A sustainability audit is a powerful tool.  A sustainability audit takes an inventory of all of the policies, procedures and practices of an organization and compares these to the best practices in their industry.  In essence, an audit is a gap analysis and a maturity analysis of the sustainability practices of an organization. It is meant to document ‘what you are doing’ and ‘to what extent’ across a wide range of sustainability categories.  Upon completion, an organization will have a sustainability baseline it can use to track progress going into the future.

What a Sustainability Audit is Not

A sustainability audit is not an exercise in counting carbon or tallying the financial implications of sustainability initiatives.  Nor is a sustainability audit an in-depth examination of any specific program of work.  However a sustainability audit should identify and help an organization prioritize these more specific sustainability management tasks. Continue reading

You Won’t Want to Miss Our Report on Sustainable Supply Chains and Why it Matters to Your Business

In 2005, five percent of U.S. Fortune 500 companies issued sustainability reports based on the Global  Reporting Initiative. Today, 95 percent of the world’s largest 250 companies produce a sustainability report. As so many of our readers already know, sustainability is not the latest in a long line of temporary corporate trends, it is a permanent reality shift in business.

One of the best places to begin in sustainability, as we highlight in our newest report, is within your supply chain. In addition to being rich with opportunity, it is also where you’ll get the most bang for your initial buck.

Why? Two crucial reasons.

First, because you can effect substantial change within your supply chain. Going green is not about rhetoric. Rather, it’s an actual shift toward stronger ecological and community stewardship. Joining forces with your vendors and service partners allows you to create the kind of positive impact (that gets noticed!) all at nearly every point in your production process.

Second, it is a massive opportunity. Imagine the collaboration that would take place in working with your vendors to, say, reduce emissions. Which translates to honest and genuine packaging about how you’re giving back to the systems that you’re using. Which results in more media attention, more word-of-mouth referrals, and more authentic buzz. That’s how industries are changed for the better. That’s how win-wins are created.

Our newest report, A Sustainable Supply Chain: Why it Matters to Your Bottom Line and the Longevity of Your Business, highlights four reasons why building sustainability into your supply chain is critical to your company’s future. Plus, it’s packed with other insightful nuggets—like  communication dos and don’ts, relevant statistics, and three approaches you can take to get started.

Click HERE to download it now and let’s start a discussion.

At CRG SustainableSolutions, we are all about showing you how to lead  the pack,  not fall behind. Ready to  learn more? Call today: 901-766-0880.

Top 10 Tips for Eating Green

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home“.

Making some simple changes to your food buying habits and food choices, can make a significant impact on the environment and your health.  Every food purchase you make is a ‘vote’ on how and where you want your food to be supplied.

✔ Eat less meat – Reducing the amount of animal products in your diet can prevent tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a report in February of 2009 which concluded that livestock is responsible for 18% of our world global warming emissions. Yearly global meat production is projected to more than double from what it was at the turn of the century by 2050, which will only increase the associated global warming gases.

✔ When buying beef, look for organic and grass fed – Organically raised beef will have significantly lower levels of antibiotics and should have no growth hormones. The raising of grass-fed cows has a much lower environmental impact than that of corn-fed cows.

✔ Buy local foods – Buying food produced locally has several positive effects on the environment and your health.

  • Keeps local farmers working – Buying from a local farmer cuts out the middle man and keeps local farmers working. Investing in the local economy also helps ensure that future generations have access to local, flavorful, and abundant food.
  • Reduces food transportation – Food transportation is one of the largest and fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. Some food items, which could be supplied locally, may travel thousands of miles to reach your supermarket.
  • Provides more nutritious foods – Local food tastes better and is better for you. Produce loses nutrients quickly. Food grown locally was likely picked within the last few days versus the last few weeks or longer. Locally raised meat is typically organic and free from growth hormones and other artificial fillers.

✔ Buy your packaged food in bulk – Buying your packaged food in bulk will reduce the total amount of packaging. Buying in bulk is also usually cheaper than buying small quantities. However, be sure not to buy too much.  If you are not able to eat all the food before its ‘best by’ date, this could result in spoilage or food waste.

✔ Buy FairTrade certified foods – The objective of the FairTrade Mark is to ensure that farmers and workers in developing countries receive a fair price for their products and that the conditions for the production and trade of a product are environmentally responsible. By buying food with the FairTrade mark, you are not only supporting farmers in developing countries, but you are also supporting sustainable farming practices.

✔ Make ocean-friendly seafood choices – Nearly 75% of the world’s fisheries are fished to capacity, or overfished. Our seafood choices have the power to make this situation worse, or improve it.  To avoid the ‘farm raised’ vs ‘wild caught’ question, which can get quite complicated, use a guide published by the Monterey Bay Aquarium at http://montereybayaquarium.com. The recommendation in their Seafood Selector considers the fishery, habitat, species, management, and several other factors to recommend the most sustainable choice.

✔ Before going to the store, plan ahead – Be sure to plan before going to the store to avoid multiple trips.  Also, while creating your shopping list, be sure to do some research on the most sustainable options (so you don’t have to make a quick decision in the store).

✔ Take your own shopping bags – Be sure to take your own shopping bag to the store with you.  Both plastic and paper bags have negative effects on the environment.  Neither paper or plastic is more environmentally friendly than the other, so it is best not to use either. Try to find a durable, reusable shopping bag made from either recycled or natural materials.

✔ If you are not sure where the food is from, ask – Before buying food in a supermarket or in a restaurant, be sure to know where it comes from.  There is a big difference in apples flown in from New Zealand than those raised locally.  If it is not clearly marked, ask.

✔ Look for free-range poultry products – When poultry products are marked as free-range (eggs, chicken, duck, etc.), you will know that they were not raised in inhumane conditions.

4 Tips How to Green your Sinks

Sinks offer many different ways to green your home.  By making sure that they are free of leaks, made from eco-friendly materials and you avoid using toxic drain cleaners, you can help save water and reduce the amount of toxins used in your home and released into the environment.

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

By following the tips below, you can begin to reduce your water consumption and the effects your sinks are having on the environment.

✔ Fix leaky faucets – A simple bathroom faucet repair can save you money and benefit the environment as well. Since a leaking faucet wastes more water than you realize, a quick repair is important.

Faucet leaks are usually caused by a worn out washer. Unfortunately, you need to disassemble the faucet to fix this. There are four main types of faucets, based on their internal mechanisms: compression, disc, cartridge, and ball.  Your first step in fixing a faucet is to determine what type it is. If the faucet has a single handle that controls both hot and cold, it is either a ball, disc, or cartridge faucet. If it has two controls, one each for hot and cold, it is probably a compression faucet, though some types of compression faucets have disc mechanisms. The best way to tell which kind of faucet you have is to disassemble it.  For step-by-step instructions on how to repair your leaky faucet, we suggest this site: http://www.hometips.com/repair-fix/faucet-dripping.html. Continue reading

7 Tips How to Green Your Home with Houseplants

Houseplants, besides being a relaxing hobby and providing beautiful aesthetics to your home, can also help reduce indoor air-pollution, which is ranked as one of the top five health threats in America.

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

By following the tips below, you cannot only make a beautiful addition to your home, but you can also make your home a healthier place to live.

✔ Choose low-water, low-light houseplants – By choosing low-water, low-light houseplants, you will not only save water, but you will increase the likelihood your plants will live longer.

One of the most common reasons that houseplants die is because people forget to water them. Some of the most common low-water plants include the ponytail palm, china aster, potted marigold, globe thistle, ivy-leaved geranium, natal palm and the blue marguerite daisy. Continue reading

5 Tips to Green your Baby’s Nursery

Making sure your nursery is a nontoxic environment is especially important because newborns spend most of their life in the nursery—an average of 16 to 17 hours a day.

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

By following the tips below, you can help ensure a safe, eco-friendly environment for your nursery.

✔ Paint with low- or no-VOC latex paint – Painting with low- or no-VOC paint may cost more than conventional paint but it will release fewer or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids including paints. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.  Continue reading

7 Green Tips for your Garden

The following tips are from “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home“.

There are several benefits of gardening.  In addition to producing nutritious, organic food for you and your family, gardening can also save you money and provide you with a relaxing, rewarding hobby.

✔ Select the location carefully – Selecting the location of your garden is one of the most important decisions you will make during the planning process.  When choosing a location, keep these factors in mind:

  • Select a location that gets several hours of direct sunlight every day.
  • Make sure the location has access to a water hose. Your plants they may need additional watering, especially when they are young.
  • Try to choose a location where the ground is level (not on a gradient), but also drains well). Continue reading

11 Tips for Green Lawn Care & Landscaping

The following tips are from “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home“.

By properly maintaining your lawn & landscaping, you cannot only save on your utility bills, but you can also save water and significantly reduce your family’s possible exposure to hazardous chemicals.

✔ Water wisely – If you need to water your lawn, consider the following tips:

  • Try to water early in the morning.  Watering early in the morning reduces the amount of water lost from evaporation.
  • If you have automatic sprinklers, be sure that all the water is being absorbed and not simply running off.
  • When watering, avoid paved surfaces.
  • Be sure to check your irrigation system for leaks several times during the growing season.
  • Install a evapotranspiration system to help regulate watering.
  • Consider replacing your above ground irrigation system with a subsurface drip system. Subsurface drip systems can be up 90 to 100% efficient. Continue reading