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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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