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The How-To’s of Restoring Local River Flows in Colorado

About this time of year when I see a neighbor with a green lawn I instinctively think <insert expletive here>. I live in Seattle. Imagine how much trickier the scenario is in dryer states balancing the water needs of farmers, companies and residents. I heard a success story out of the Colorado basin where corporations, […]

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Medical Waste – Regulated or Not

In our work with healthcare organizations, I came across the term RMW a few years ago. RMW refers to ‘regulated medical waste’. Waste – I thought to myself. We all generate waste. As far as I know, my waste isn’t regulated. I thought back to the odd hospital visit – I remembered how each tool […]

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Our Responsibility

It’s daunting to read news about the environment and about carbon emissions in particular. One article I just read stated that China’s emissions will reach their peak sometime after 2030. Or maybe they won’t. No one’s really certain. What is certain is that we’re all emitting too much and seem unable to lower our emissions […]

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The Prescience of The Death of Environmentalism

I just read Jane Kleeb vs. the Keystone Pipeline in the New York Times magazine. It talks about how Jane Kleeb has galvanized a group of Nebraskan farmers and ranchers to oppose the Keystone pipeline. What is striking about this story is that this is a group of stakeholders that is traditionally very conservative and […]

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Sustainability Management and Reporting – The Power of Bottom-Up Discovery

I just read this great article from Wizness comparing sustainability management to sustainability reporting and asking the question: ‘What comes first – reporting or management?’ In my experience leading Scope 5 through early customer deployments, I’ve seen this play out in a number of ways. I can now confidently say that, the answer to the […]

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Solutions Movement

Check out this great article about the “Solutions Movement” happening in Sonoma. I met the author, Michael Levitin, while attending the Sustainable Enterprises Conference. Levitin quotes Gil Friend, chief sustainability officer for the City of Palo Alto : “What we’re here to do is to transform the economy of the planet – and to do […]

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Scope 5 and Heartbleed

As you may have heard, an internet security vulnerability called “Heartbleed” was recently discovered in the OpenSSL library. (This library is used by many websites to secure data transfers with its users. The irony is not lost on us.) While we don’t have any indication that any data or accounts were compromised, we take protecting our […]

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Coal in their stockings

Last week at an Earth Ministry fundraiser, I heard King County Executive Dow Constantine say that if coal terminals are approved to be built on the WA coast, the burning of the exported coal (at its destination of China) will dwarf the emissions of the entire state of Washington.  Yes. The entire state.  All of […]

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Sustain-events: The Seattle Spring Edition

If you’re like me you probably don’t attend sustainability events just for the quinoa, craft micro brews, and chance to wear your dressy trail-running performance shoes. You probably want to get something out of it, make a few connections and maybe learn something useful. I took an informal poll of local sustainability pros in Seattle […]

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Sustainability and Healthcare: An Interview with Brenna Davis of Virginia Mason Medical Center

Sustainability might not be the first thing on your mind when you find yourself as a patient at a hospital, but it’s a critical component for more and more healthcare organizations.

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