“Nothing is beautiful that causes ugliness in any other place or at any other time in the world.” – David Orr
The saying goes that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but what about kitchens in the office? Is the office kitchen an afterthought because it’s not “the money-making room”? How do building designers, owners, and executives really view these spaces? Have you ever thought about the sheer volume of stuff that goes through office kitchens?
Briefly put, we need to bring our mentality of the home kitchen into the office. Easily accessible, adequately sized office kitchens (plural) with extensive storage will not only yield significant cost savings but also exponentially encourage the wide use of sustainable waste reduction and recycling practices. Here’s how: Continue reading “Designing for Waste Reduction”
As an entry point, start with the things people love…Then engage them in how the things they love can be simpler, smarter and better. Tom’s, Tesla, AirBnB…have simply designed great products and services that people love and intuitively know are better for the world, without having it laboriously spelled out.
-Will Gardner, CEO of Collectively
Ten musings on what not to do in order to avoid feeling miserable in this field so near and dear to our hearts Continue reading “What Not To Do: How to feel miserable as a sustainability professional”
A new transparency database I am thrilled about:
Check it out! It’s just what the fashion industry needs to keep (start?) moving towards sustainability, social equity, and better knowledge of their sourcing and supply chain impacts.
What do climate-caused migration, ecological capacity, sustainability data management, communication, sustainable supply chain management, the psychology of consumers, and eating local for a year have in common? Continue reading “Reflections from the 2016 International OnSustainability Conference”
I love how the holidays bring our collective attention to reconnecting with family and friends, celebrating the year that’s just gone by too fast. This time of year, after Halloween through Jan 1, is always an uplifting, exciting time, what with Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, holiday parties and customs, and the glitter-filled New Years Eve. It’s unfortunate but true that all the holiday to-do’s and festivities can cause even the most dedicated green living person to slip, so here are some strategies to keep sustainability a centerpiece of your holidays now to 2016! Continue reading “Sustainable Holiday Quiz”
If you look to things that speak your values and deliver long-term returns, you can always create a business case. You can almost always do it, and if you can’t you keep trying until you succeed.
– Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA
Repost. Written July 2013.
The Upcycle; Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
The Upcycle is a must-read for anyone interested in sustainability AND for all those who doubt sustainability.
The goal of The Upcycle is a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy, and just world with clean air, water, soil, and power– economically, equitably, ecologically, and elegantly enjoyed. Continue reading “Book Review: The Upcycle”