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Earth, Inc.: Using Nature's Rules to Build Sustainable Profits [NOOK Book]

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Having trouble reconciling your desire to do good by the environment while also moving your company forward? In Earth, Inc., Gregory Unruh shows you how to embed sustainability into everything your company does - profitably. Providing prescriptive steps that will inform your business decisions, Unruh will help you launch your company into eco-minded practices. His five Biosphere Rules apply the laws of nature as a guide for efficient and innovative business operations. Instead of a linear value chain, Unruh ...
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Earth, Inc.: Using Nature's Rules to Build Sustainable Profits

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Overview


Having trouble reconciling your desire to do good by the environment while also moving your company forward? In Earth, Inc., Gregory Unruh shows you how to embed sustainability into everything your company does - profitably. Providing prescriptive steps that will inform your business decisions, Unruh will help you launch your company into eco-minded practices. His five Biosphere Rules apply the laws of nature as a guide for efficient and innovative business operations. Instead of a linear value chain, Unruh offers a cyclical value chain - a chain that offers both sustainability and profitability, for now and for the future.
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"Earth, Inc. shows, in a very enlightening yet practical way, how companies can create real and lasting value by working toward a sustainable destination that is informed by the existing laws of our biosphere. In doing so, Dr. Unruh has managed to write a very valuable book that is an essential addition to the sustainability practitioner’s toolbox." - Bill Morrissey, VP, Environmental Sustainability, The Clorox Company

"Earth, Inc. provides counterintuitive management lessons and a practical blueprint to address sustainability. It will also help you build credibility for your sustainability investments." - Ryan Schuchard, Manager, Environmental Research & Innovation, BSR

"Gregory Unruh's "biosphere rules", his notion of a "value cycle" and his prescription of embeddedness will change the way we think of sustainability in business. Building a sustainable global economy is one of the most crucial challenges of our time and the answers, as it turns out, were staring us in the face." - Angel Cabrera, President, Thunderbird School of Global Management

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422157855
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 640 KB

Meet the Author


Gregory Unruh is Director of the Lincoln Center for Ethics in Global Management and Professor of Corporate Governance/Ethics at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is an expert on the role of technological innovation in addressing global sustainability questions. Together with renowned architect William McDonough, Unruh cofounded the Center for Eco-Intelligent Management to explore the business case for implementing Cradle-to-Cradle product and process innovations.
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Table of Contents

1 Materials Parsimony 1

2 Power Autonomy 31

3 Value Cycles 61

4 Sustainable Product Platforms 91

5 Function over Form 125

Conclusion Building the Ecosystem 155

Notes 169

Further Reading 177

Index 179

About the Author 189

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    A useful look at why less material and less energy use mean more profit

    Sustainability? Gregory Unruh says plan for it, "embed it and forget it!" Unruh codifies five rules that nature follows for efficient productivity in the biosphere and illustrates how these rules can work for business. He explains how to rethink "product platforms" and how to maximize the benefits of waste streams. getAbstract recommends this quick read for inspiration on finding your company's next surge in profits: earnings based on ecologically sustainable practices. As a bonus, these rules also boost your triple bottom line.

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