EcoManagement: The Elmwood Guide to Ecological Auditing and Sustainable Business

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The challenge of the '90s is to create sustainable societies in which business and government can satisfy our current needs without diminishing the prospects for future generations. Business managers today are seeking guidance in the new ways of thinking that are called for to meet this challenge. This book takes a major step in that direction by helping business people identify what can be done to reduce the impact of their companies on the environment. It shows how to systematically set priorities and create an...

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Overview

The challenge of the '90s is to create sustainable societies in which business and government can satisfy our current needs without diminishing the prospects for future generations. Business managers today are seeking guidance in the new ways of thinking that are called for to meet this challenge. This book takes a major step in that direction by helping business people identify what can be done to reduce the impact of their companies on the environment. It shows how to systematically set priorities and create an action plan for implementing improvements. It will also help sell an impact reduction program to top management. In contrast to the current practice of "compliance auditing," a process focused on meeting governmental regulations, this Elmwood Institute guide shows how to conduct an "eco-audit" - a complete examination of an organization in relation to its long-term ecological sustainability. Such an audit scrutinizes every aspect of the organization and its operations, including product design and manufacture, management techniques, corporate culture and goals. EcoManagement is the first book to provide a comprehensive and practical guide to the new era of business ecological responsibility. It features a framework for companies planning to design their own audits, and offers thirteen checklists to guide managers through the audit process, covering such topics as energy, materials, wastes, finance, marketing, transportation, and international business relations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881052272
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: BK Currents (Hardcover) Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 563,850
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernest Callenbach is the author of "Bring Back the Buffalo!" (1996), "Ecotopia Emerging" (1981), and "Ecotopia" (1975). He lives in the Bay Area.

FRITJOF CAPRA received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Vienna and has written and lectured extensively about the philosophical implications of modern science. He is the author of "The Web of Life," "The Turning Point and Uncommon Wisdom," Currently a director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, he lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter.

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Table of Contents

Preface
About the Elmwood Institute
About the Authors
Pt. I The Concept and Development of EcoManagement
Ch. 1 Trends toward Ecologically Conscious Management 3
Ch. 2 Methods of Environmental and Ecological Auditing 17
Ch. 3 Innovative EcoManagement Practices and Programs Worldwide 31
Ch. 4 The Paradigm Shift from Environmentalism to EcoManagement 59
Pt. II Theory and Practice of EcoManagement
Ch. 5 Managing the Change to an Ecologically Conscious Corporate Culture 69
Ch. 6 The Company as a Living System: A Framework for Organizing EcoManagement 91
Ch. 7 Energy and Materials Inflows 97
Ch. 8 Design, Processing, and Manufacturing Operations 107
Ch. 9 Sales, Marketing, Waste, and Emission Outflows 119
Ch. 10 Financial, Human Resource, and Other Support Structures 127
Ch. 11 Getting Started: Priorities and Action Plans 149
Ch. 12 Conclusion: The Ecological Transformation of Business 155
Appendix A. Auditing Resources 159
Appendix B. The CERES Principles 161
Bibliography 165
Index 171
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