Sustainability Blog: Do it Now!

Each day it is estimated that more than 14,000 people die from the lack of water or diseases from contaminated water. Approximately 9,500 are children.  Many believe that water is a more important issue than oil.  Celebrated on March 22 and started by the United Nations in 1993, World Water Day’s objective is to focus attention on and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 

This year’s theme is the impact of water on urban areas.  Why? Urbanization is a mega-trend with...

“China’s poor are heading to the cities to find work and wealth – and leaving behind 58 million children.” I am struck as I read this lead sentence of a story in the Financial Times on a (very) long flight to Asia during the Chinese New Year.  While we often hear of China’s economic, industrial and innovative growth, we don’t hear about the price children are paying for President Hu Jintao’s goal for creating a “moderately well-off society.”  An estimated 58 million Chinese children...

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Opening the door to my hotel room last week I was greeted by a blast of hot air and a well-lit room.  As I left the room each day, I lowered the thermostat and turned off all the lights.  Upon returning each evening, I was welcomed in once again by a hot, bright hotel room. 

After showering, I hung up my wet towels planning to reuse them.  However, the next day I had fresh towels.  So this time, when I put the towels on...

Conserve Georgia and the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia joined forces to recognize organizations that are leading the way in sustainability and in fostering a culture of conservation.  At the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, several hundred attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared primarily from locally grown and organic...

Focusing on the technical and operational aspects of sustainability will only go so far.  Companies need to apply a dual strategy where they simultaneously build organizational capacity while moving through stages of sustainable development.   This means building the muscle needed to succeed in becoming sustainable.  Organizational capacity is about enhancing leadership capabilities, acquiring and developing expertise, transforming the culture and applying organizational design practices to align the structure, processes and people...