Welcome to Week 11 of the Green Business Blog carnival, a traveling series of green business news, commentary, and insight which has, so far, made its way across 9 terrific green business blogs, and growing. Here’s a roundup of some of the top green business news of the day.
B2B Companies are Going Green
While consumers have become increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of their lifestyle, at the end of the day, its businesses going green that truly moves the sustainability needle. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are reporting on the sustainability of the product or service they sell, with consumer goods companies benefiting the most from the greening of their brand.
However, many companies have found that the greatest opportunity for
reducing their environmental impact and increasing social stewardship
lies within their supply chain. B2B companies are in a prime position for using sustainability initiatives to attain and retain their customer base. In fact, sustainability may be a more powerful tool over the long term for B2B companies than B2C companies. Check out Triple Pundit’s Sustainability in the B2B World
on how B2B businesses are going green.
Sustainability Has Become a Business School Career Track
If you ever went to business school, you may have heard of Net Impact. Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization that aims to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Net Impact just came out with a comprehensive report profiling 95 MBA programs from around the world that focus on sustainability. So if you are interested in getting a Green MBA, be sure to check out the Net Impact Business As UnUsual 2010 Report.
Go Even Greener with Green Business Bartering
If you are a green business owner, you may have found that the times are tough in this recessionary economy. The good news is, bartering services are now available to cash-strapped green businesses, courtesy of Green America Exchange. What’s even better, Green America’s new Exchange bartering program allows green business to trade services… without running afoul of the IRS. Read Jeff McIntire-Strasburg’s post on how green business bartering works.
Stories from the Clean Tech World
Buildings use a great deal of energy, especially commercial buildings, where equipment, lighting, ventilation, etc run 24/7. Over at Cleantechies, Chuck Colgan tells us that sustainability and profitability can be achieved through energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to a commercial building.
Can you balance profits and sustainability in an ever-changing world? If you don’t believe it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions while running a business, you may want to check out CEO2: The Green Business Game. In this post, Calfinder reviews their experience of pleasing
investors, researchers, consumers, and environmentalists while keeping
the company out of the red!
It’s easy for tech professionals to become silo-ed in their industry, to the point where their message is completely lost to the average Joe. Over at Matter Network, Jeremy Shere shares with us great tips on How to Tell the Renewable Energy Story Too often an energy story is dominated by facts, figures, and other technical details that, while clearly relevant, can leave the non-industry insider cold. He reminds us that we need more stories about energy on a human scale, stories that give the average person a sense of what’s at stake and why he or she should care.
Plastic, Plastic Everywhere
Plastic bags are everywhere, but how much do we really know about them?
Check out the Curse of Immortality and Plastic Migration, which features two films that give new insight into the feelings and struggles of plastic bags. The film from Futurestates is poignantly narrated by Werner Herzog, and the second is a mocumentary presented by Heal the Bay.
Kick back and imagine yourself traveling through the vast, wide world, as a plastic bag…