Smart Sustainable Biz

with Jessie Lerner

02/02/15

MPower Champions show Greater Madison businesses the meaning of sustainability

The MPower Business Champions were in a sharing mood at the Jan. 23 MPower Champion Public Showcase (video link). Reynolds Transfer & Storage and Shopbop shared their bike repair stand projects. Trek Bicycles and Aprilaire shared information about their sustainable food projects. And State Street restaurant Tutto Pasta shared its energy-efficiency projects.

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12/22/14

Have you asked your vendors what they can do for sustainability?

Organizations that focus on sustainability in the workplace regularly look for ways to reduce energy use and enhance employee health. However, if your company does not depend on the kind of global/national supply chains that Walmart and other large corporations do, it’s easy to overlook sustainability opportunities and forget to ask the right questions of your vendors.

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12/01/14

How to turn adversity into green opportunities

When hearing about sustainability champions, do you get a sense that their superpowers come from another planet? Do their actions and efforts seem like X-Men qualities that no mere mortal could “just do.” In being introduced to three sustainability champions at Sustain Dane’s Badger Bioneers conference on Nov. 18, we noticed a shared power that isn’t limited to superheroes: turning a (perceived) catastrophic event into an opportunity for sustainability to shine.

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06/09/14

How to make a profit while making a difference

How do you solve society’s most vexing environmental and social issues while becoming more profitable at the same time? Collaboration. Sound too hard? Shift your frame of reference in order to view communities as partners, not just resources. Shift your frame of reference and treat employees and customers as multifaceted humans, not just as worker bees and consumers.

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05/05/14

Summit Credit Union’s investment in sustainability has a multiplier effect

Each year, as part of Sustain Dane’s MPower Champions program, we ask area businesses to tackle five sustainability projects. This past year, Summit Credit Union took on seven, one of which multiplied to an additional 19 projects. What’s the secret to Summit Credit Union’s sustainability success? Inclusiveness.

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