Hard-nosed business advice for gaining competitive advantagethrough sustainability action in buildings and operations,information technology, product design, sourcing, manufacturing,logistics and transportation, marketing, accounting, and other keybusiness functions
Whether you are a climate change skeptic or an environmentalist,sustainability issues cannot be ignored in today’s corporateworld. With rising energy and natural resource costs,intensified regulations, investor pressures, and a growing demandfor environmentally friendly products, sustainability is no longeran option—it’s a business imperative.
Unlike many green business books, the Playbook skips theenvironmental ideology and deals exclusively with tools andstrategies that have been shown to cut costs, reduce risks, driverevenues, and build brand identity.
The Green to Gold Business Playbook gives you the toolsto make green work-and work profitably-for yourbusiness.
P. J. Simmons is Chairman if the Corporate Eco Forum (ahref="http://www.ecoforum.com/"www.ecoforum.com/a), a preeminentnetwork of senior Global 500 executives focused on sharing best and“next” practice in corporate sustainability and drivingecoinnovation. He has worked as a sustainability analyst,strategist, and bridge-builder for fifteen years; is founder of theWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’Environmental Change and Security Program; and was deputy chair forclimate and energy at the Clinton Global Initiative. P. J. is alife member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include:
Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets
Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.
Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.
Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenney now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. Retailers are producing clothes at enormous volumes in order to drive prices down and profits up, and they’ve turned clothing into a disposable good. After all, we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it’s cheaper to just buy more.
But what are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being?
In Overdressed, Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of middle-market and independent retailers, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals. She travels to cheap-chic factories in China, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh, and looks at the impact (both here and abroad) of America’s drastic increase in imports. She even explores how cheap fashion harms the charity thrift shops and textile recyclers where our masses of clothing castoffs end up.
Sewing, once a life skill for American women and a pathway from poverty to the middle class for workers, is now a dead-end sweatshop job. The pressures of cheap have forced retailers to drastically reduce detail and craftsmanship, making the clothes we wear more and more uniform, basic, and low quality. Creative independent designers struggle to produce good and sustainable clothes at affordable prices.
Cline shows how consumers can break the buy-and-toss cycle by supporting innovative and stylish sustainable designers and retailers, refashioning clothes throughout their lifetimes, and mending and even making clothes themselves.
Overdressed will inspire you to vote with your dollars and find a path back to being well dressed and feeling good about what you wear.