Sustainability Blog: Do it Now!

 

The hospitality industry has greatly ramped up sustainability efforts in recent years.  Early on hotels found ways to cut costs and operate efficiently by saving water and energy.  Today’s efforts are far more sophisticated and cross into every aspect of a hotel from its buildings, laundry, restaurants, golf courses, spas, housekeeping, guest services and technology systems. 

 

I recently interviewed Maury Zimring, Director Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Responsibility for...

As I sit in my home office I hear the thump of a bluebird flying into my window over and over again trying to get into the fichus tree inside.  While this keep my cats entertained and off my keyboard, I shake my head thinking “crazy bird; you’re going to get hurt if you keep doing that.”   

 

I stop mid-stream while writing the leadership chapter for my forthcoming book “The New Corporate Facts of Life” to ponder the bluebird’s dilemma.  Is the bird crazy or courageous?  How often have we thought people...


GreenBiz.com recently launched their sixth annual State of Green Business 2013 report.  Partnering with leading research firm, Trucost, this year’s report has enhanced data and a greater global scope.   Trucost works to place a value on the natural capital and a price on pollution and use of resources.  Many of the companies analyzed report cost savings and greater innovation through better supply-chain resource management. Environmental research and development by S&P 500 companies has more than doubled in the past five years, despite...

I recently interviewed Kurt Kuehn, CFO of UPS for my forthcoming book, “The New Corporate Facts of Life” (AMACOM 2013). Kurt described how globalization has impacted the 105 year-old company, and continues to be a key strategic driver for the future. UPS went through a phase of building a global footprint, followed by a phase of adding broader capabilities.

 

Build the Global Brown Footprint

The company initially ventured outside U.S. borders in the mid 1970’s with entry into...

If we don’t first shift our thinking and reshape our old perspectives, we can’t change behaviors, foster innovation or create new solutions.  We must disrupt the very mindsets and behaviors that have lead to current successes in order to continue to be successful. 

While some experience “epiphany moments,” most often changes in our day-to-day experiences gradually shape our deep-seated beliefs.  I recently interviewed Ciannat Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives for Emory University and Emory University Hospital for my forthcoming book to find out how Emory...