“Green” Office Supplies

Ami Voeltz Do It Green! Minnesota Parts excerpted from Going Green: A Guide to Becoming An Environmentally Friendly Business Without Going Broke, www.tub.com When buying office supplies, it is important to think about durability, energy, natural resource use, recycled content and recyclability, toxicity, biodegradability and packaging. Make a list of all the …

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Choose Tap H2O

Kim Bartmann Owner of Red Stag, Bryant Bowl & Barbette Restaurants I choose not to sell bottled water in my restaurants, as do many of my peers, like Barrio, Al Vento, POP!, A La Salsa, and many others. I hope you have heard this somewhere else before: everybody on earth …

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Create a Safe and Healthy Business

Tara Wesely Environmental consultants are professionals who understand the codes, laws, regulations and standards for construction, safety or health. This is somewhat of a catch-all title, as anyone who deals with “The Environment” as a profession can call themselves environmental consultants. The job of an environmental consultant might be to …

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Eco by Stealth

Wendy Jedlicka Jedlicka Design Ltd. The biggest contribution you can make toward affecting real and positive change is to be a green educated professional working for an UNgreen company. Eco-by-stealth is the most powerful tool for deep change and it’s easier than you’d think. Do what you do best: create …

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Empowering Sustainability: The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior

Christie Manning (Macalester College), Elise Amel (University of St. Thomas), and Britain Scott (University of St. Thomas) The majority of people in the world understand that human behavior is driving serious disruptions of the natural systems we rely on for food, water, and all other resources. Concern about these issues …

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Five Tips to Launch Your Own Green Business: ECOPRENEURING

LISA KIVIRIST Co-Author, ECOpreneuring, Rural Renaissance, Edible Earth Are you at a job that doesn’t reflect your mission to leave this world a better place? Feeling those Monday morning blues? Get out of the cubicle track of working for someone else. Blend your green lifestyle with your livelihood and become …

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Good Neighbor Agreements

Justin Eibenholzl Southeast Como Improvement Association Fact: In 2004, over 12 million pounds of Toxic Chemicals were released into Minnesota’s air. – MN Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Program If a neighboring business or facility is of concern in a community due to noise, pollution or other environmental complaints, the …

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Green Banking

By Rick Beeson and Terri Banaszewski Park Midway Bank You have been recycling your household garbage for years. You buy your groceries and cleaning products from your local co-op. Many of your clothes are made from organic cotton. Generally, you live a green lifestyle; however, how green are your banking …

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Green Career Opportunities

Barbara Parks Green Career Tracks Many business sectors in Minnesota are growing green and becoming more aware of how sustainability is a necessity for their business; see what’s in store for green career opportunities in each sector. Environmental Education and Training Environmental education has moved beyond simply teaching students in …

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Green Gatherings NEW PARTNERSHIP FORMED TO HELP EVENTS OF ALL SIZES GO GREEN

GREEN GATHERINGS PROJECT PARTNERS In late 2007, a unique partnership named GreenGatherings was formed to shape the greening of events, large and small, in the Twin Cities metro-area, beginning with the 2008 Republican National Convention. With the eyes of the world on our region, the partnership saw a tremendous opportunity …

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Green Your Office

Ami Voeltz Do It Green! Minnesota Business-to-Business Mail Businesses and institutions receive a great deal of unsolicited mail, such as catalogs and advertising mail for products and services of all kinds. Even when these materials are wanted, there can be a tremendous amount of waste and duplication. Do these sound …

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Minnesota is Well Positioned to Create Good Clean Energy Jobs

Joshua Low Blue Green Alliance Working people and environmentalists both have a stake in building the new, green economy. Transforming our economy through renewable energy, energy efficiency, mass transit and rail, a new smart grid and other solutions to global warming, has the potential to create millions of jobs, while …

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Money Talks (For Good)

Tara Wesely   There is no denying that we are a consumer society. But is it possible to harness consumption as a vehicle for positive social change? A growing group of investors believe that Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) can pave the way for social change by funding environmentally and socially …

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Money Versus Wealth

David C. Korten MBA and PhD – From Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures, Spring 1997 We are assured that we are richer than ever before and getting richer by the day. Yet we are also told there is no longer enough money to provide an adequate education for our …

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New Green Media

Maggie Mattacola/Ami Voeltz Recycling Association of Minnesota/Do It Green! Minnesota One of the great things ushered in with the green revolution has been the concept of new green media online to get information about sustainable living out to the public. The main benefits of these online websites, e-newsletters, and blogs …

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Socially Responsible Investing INVESTING FOR A CAUSE

HECTOR GARCIA UBS Financial Services Inc. A growing number of people are investing to achieve change in the future of their communities, the environment and the world. Socially responsible investing (SRI) assets rose more than 324 percent from $639 billion in 1995 to $2.71 trillion in 2007 while total assets …

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Sustainability in the Office

Reprinted with permission from Minnesota Waste Wise _ Offices contribute greatly to the waste generated in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), each year the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of office paper, and the average American throws away 1.6 billion single-use pens. The first step …

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The CERES Principles

Tara Wesely   Remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill? Immediately following this disaster, a coalition of environmentalists and investors realized that in order to effect real environmental change, they needed industry leaders to accept responsibility for their company’s impacts on the environment. The coalition drafted the below principles – originally …

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What is Good for Business is Almost Always Bad for Nature

Tara Wesely Ruminator Review Paul Hawken challenges this truism in The Ecology of Commerce, explaining how his vision of “natural capitalism” merges goals of profitability and sustainability. Business-as-usual will not be sustainable for anyone. Our living systems are already in decline. We cannot continue to sustain our North American levels …

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Workers’ Rights

Charley Smith   I was just lying on the grass at Peavy Park on May Day. There were progressive and activist types all around. I felt alienated as always; even on International Workers Day, I was in the minority as a crazy, angry, blue-collar-working trash person. My friend asked me …

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