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Visioning and Planning for Sustainability


Jumping into any new endeavor takes a good deal of planning, and sustainability planning is no exception. Whether creating a new business, greening your product, or looking to decrease your energy use, you'll need to plan for sustainability. Learn about the skills you and your team will need to create the plan, what shifts you'll need to make to your thinking, and how much time (and money) the planning process will take.
  1. Shift Your Mindset
  2. Leadership and Interpersonal Skills
  3. Sustainable Business Planning and Policy
  4. Integrative Process
  5. Measuring and Reporting
  1. Standards and Certifications
  2. Technology & Tools
  3. Ongoing Assessments
  4. Resources, Education and Jobs

Shift Your Mindset

Looking for ways to conduct business that is easy on the environment, that increase the quality of life of people and that yield huge financial success? Look no further. About.com will help you and your organization maximize your triple bottom line - planet, people and profit - working with all stakeholders, not just shareholders.

Leadership and Interpersonal Skills

Collaboration is at the heart of every significant shift, and with sustainability planning, this is no exception. To form cohesive working groups that accomplish change takes the skills of effective and inspiring leadership. It takes patience and determination, and as David Eisenberg once said, "The way to effectively change the dominant paradigm is to have more fun and let everyone know about it!"

Sustainable Business Planning and Policy

Business and strategic plans, SWOT analysis, sustainability assessments and reports all contribute to the path towards sustainability.

Integrative Process

The integrative process provides a collaborative approach to creating outcomes that are more holistic and elegant. In this introduction the Integrative Design, you'll learn about the "6 C's" to a process and a mindset to achieve sustainability.

Measuring and Reporting

Assess your organizational sustainability using performance indicators to measure your current sustainability activities (or lack thereof!) and to set goals and targets for future achievement. Once you've done this work, reporting on performance is a key to building stakeholder buy-in and support for your goals and ongoing achievements.

Standards and Certifications

Numerous organizations have created benchmarks for measuring and reporting sustainability; business and operations, green building, fair trade. Use third-party standards and certifications to achieve a higher bar, build consumer confidence and lead the sustainability revolution.

Technology & Tools

A variety of tools are available to achieve sustainability - they range from a pen and a napkin to computational fluid dynamic modeling and everything in between. Get your technology fix and learn the tools of the trade.

Ongoing Assessments

Once sustainability measures are in place, regularly verify that all of the time and effort is paying off by conducting regular sustainability assessments and reporting them to stakeholders. Find problems? Things not working quite as planned? Read on for strategies to get back on track.

Resources, Education and Jobs

Further reading, case studies, education, training and workshops, all related to environmental sustainability.

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