The Green Business Guide: A One Stop Resource for Businesses of All Shapes and Sizes to Implement Eco-Friendly Policies, Programs, and Practices / Edition 1

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The Green Business Guide is a comprehensive resource designed to help organizations incorporate green practices into their operations. Its content blends strategic conversation at the board level with green planning and program management at the middle-level, and with how-to direction that spells out actions at the shop level.

This book will give you the guidance your organization needs in order to:
• Understand the environmental factors that are influencing businesses ability to operate profitably
• Evaluate the benefits of going green
• Develop a plan for transforming your organization into a green business
• Identify specific actions to reduce energy use, water use, control packaging waste, and use resources efficiently
• Communicate and report on your environmental successes

The Green Business Guide also contains dozens of user-friendly checklists for every facet of making a business more environmentally friendly. By following the guidance contained in this book, organizations will position themselves as leaders in the marketplace, in their industry, and in the communities in which they operate. Business is recognizing the importance of being a responsible corporate citizen-not only to avoid negative publicity and brand erosion, but also to enjoy benefits that translate directly to the bottom line. Glenn Bachman, CMC, AICP, is president of Raven Business Group, LLC, a management consulting firm located in Massachusetts. Combining his expertise in strategic thinking, environmental management, and systems analysis, Bachman's practice has evolved into sustainability consulting: assisting organizations that desire to become moreecologically and socially responsible, while maintaining their profitability. He has more than 30 years of experience in improving the economic and environmental performance of organizations and projects through consulting and training engagements. Bachman's portfolio includes Environmental Impact Statements, energy facility cost-benefit analyses, strategic plans, business plans, and environmental audits and reports prepared for business, non-profit organizations, educational and governmental clients. He has a BA from Bowdoin and a masters in planning from the University of Oregon. Bachman is also vice president of the board of the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living, a non-profit organization working to promote sustainable practices in Rhode Island area households, businesses, schools, and government.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601630483
  • Publisher: Career Pr Inc
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction 7

Chapter 2 Attributes of a Green Enterprise 10

Chapter 3 Benefits of Being a Green Enterprise 12

Chapter 4 Becoming a Green Enterprise 16

Chapter 5 Ecodesign 30

Chapter 6 Packaging 49

Chapter 7 Green Purchasing 63

Chapter 8 Facilities 67

Chapter 9 Energy Supply and Use 77

Chapter 10 Creating the Energy Management Plan 86

Chapter 11 Lighting 94

Chapter 12 Space Conditioning 107

Chapter 13 Water Heating 120

Chapter 14 Refrigeration 124

Chapter 15 Office Equipment 127

Chapter 16 Miscellaneous Equipment and Appliances 132

Chapter 17 Steam and Process Heating 135

Chapter 18 Industrial Equipment 137

Chapter 19 Renewable Energy Resources 142

Chapter 20 Batteries and Fuel Cells 146

Chapter 21 Transportation of People and Goods 149

Chapter 22 Water 165

Chapter 23 Noise 181

Chapter 24 Air Quality 184

Chapter 25 Materials and Waste Management 192

Chapter 26 Paper and Printing 209

Chapter 27 Marketing the Green Enterprise 222

Chapter 28 Eco-Labels 227

Chapter 29 Certification of Green Enterprises 232

Chapter 30 Communications and Reporting 234

Appendix 239

Chapter Notes 263

Bibliography 267

Resources 275

Index 283

About the Author 287

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    Handy environmental practices manual for businesses

    The threats to the planet from greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution and resource depletion are clear. The question is, what is your company doing about it? More and more, consumers look to businesses to take the lead in eco-friendly practices. If you're ready to make your company greener - because it is the right thing to do and because it is good for your bottom line and customer approval - getAbstract recommends Glenn Bachman's detailed, hands-on, indispensable reference. He lays out the issues to consider, from packaging to water management to reusable waste to renewable energy. This is not light reading, but it thoroughly addresses the subject and will prepare you to implement your own eco-efficiency plans.

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