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Going Green

Incorporating sustainable practices into your business is an effective way to remain competitive. Green initiatives will save your business money, help you generate revenue, enhance your reputation and enhance the environment.


Global Best Practices

  • The Global Energy Discussion Continues - The global energy discussion has been even more in the forefront of our minds as the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference comes to an end in Cancun, Mexico. Recently an article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal titled How to Change the Global Energy Crisis took a look at some possible solutions and roadblocks […]
  • International & Domestic Examples of Going Green - There are many examples of ways domestic and international companies, both large and small are going green in order to reduce climate change and increase profit. This article gives examples of companies in the U.S., China and the U.K.
  • Sample Practice - My first test of TDO Forms for best practices

Green Business

  • How to Purchase Green Products - Green Purchasing is a practical starting point to implement sustainability practices at work. From procuring environmentally friendly office products to recycling, there are lots of ways to quickly and fairly easily begin your sustainable efforts.
  • Investing Green: a Guide for New Buyers - New to green investing or investing in general? This guide will help you make the right choices for your business, environment, and community while you're looking for a place to put all that new money.
  • Green Leases: A Primer - How is a "green lease" different than an ordinary lease? How can it save you money? This article explores the advantages and disadvantages of a green lease.
  • Small Business Financing for Green Organizations - Whether your green or sustainable business venture is partially established, or just getting off the ground, you’ll need to stay up to date with the latest small business financing ideas.
  • It Doesn’t Matter How You Package Your Sustainable Product - Simply, most people aren't going to understand your sustainable efforts, so focus on making your product better, not showing it off.
  • What is a Green Lease? - As companies are increasingly looking for ways to support the environment, a Green Lease is an effective starting point. Learn about specific actions Landlords are taking to be more eco-conscious.
  • “Why Does Sustainability Matter to My Business?” - From customers to government agencies, all are demanding companies to take on corporate responsibility. Suppliers, investors, consumers alike are demanding companies to examine their business practices and take responsibility for its impact on the environment and society.
  • TerraCycle – Getting Inspiration from Garbage - Waste provides businesses with opportunities to save money, support the environment and creatively market your company. There are lots of valuable things to learn from TerraCycle, a unique organization that produces and packages all of their products from garbage.
  • Great WSJ Article on ROI of Green - Yesterday I wrote about the importance of environmentalists speaking in the language of business if they wanted to affect business performance. Today's WSJ has an excellent article in support of this. The article reviews the success of a program at a Subaru manufacturer that embraced green manufacturing 20 years ago.

Green Countries

  • International Eco-Friendly Hotels - Hotels across the globe are integrating sustainability throughout their operations. Here are a few examples of green practices in the hotel industry.
  • Sustainability in Ontario - Ontario is one of the more progressive Canadian provinces that is initiating innovative ways to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Taipei 101: Highest Green Structure in World - The Taipei 101 may no longer be the tallest building in the world but it aims to be the tallest Green building in the world.
  • Reducing Carbon Emissions In Mexico and Brazil - Mexico and Brazil are commiting to reduce carbon emissions through a generous grant from The World Bank. This news summary piece highlights the initiative.
  • Going Green In Italy - Food and Wine sales make up a large part of Italy's economy. In an effort to increase revenue and save money, the food and wine industry is implementing a variety of sustainable practices.
  • Climate Change Conference: Deforestation - Rainforest Deforestation is one of the many issues presented at Copenhagen. This news summary briefly addresses this topic.
  • Sustainability in Costa Rica - Costa Rica may be a small undeveloped country but it has high aspirations for becoming one of the world's leaders in sustainability initiatives.
  • Sustainability in Japan - Both the government and private industry in Japan are making strides to increase their sustainability initiatives. From Tokyo's huge effort to increase solar power to companies manufacturing upcycled products such as a messenger bag made from used fire hoses, Japan is practicing innovation in the world of sustainability.

Green Energy

  • Why is Recycling Important - Is recycling fiscally responsible? Does it really lower your carbon footprint? Is it worth all the trouble? Implementing a recycling program at work can seem daunting and does present many challenges. However, there are several solutions to making it a bit easier and to saving money and waste. Learn about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle at work.
  • Portable Air Conditioners: Saving Energy & Cost - Portable air conditioners are effective and energy efficient. In this article, get an idea on how to purchase an energy efficient portable air conditioning unit.
  • 5 Steps to Creating an Employee Awareness Program - The nation’s small businesses spend more than $60 billion on energy each year, according to Small Business Review. It would seem to make good business sense to develop an employee awareness plan (EAP) for energy savings. But if creating an awareness program quickly and at a low cost has you bothered, not to worry. Your company can save […]
  • Saving Money By Reducing Your Carbon Footprint - Reducing your carbon footprint can save you money. By factoring life cycle cost & environmental impact of products and services, and setting a budget, you can reduce your carbon footprint and realize notable savings. Step 1: Life-cycle Cost Analysis When you purchase a product or a service, the price that you pay is just one […]
  • Copenhagen Conference: Globally Reducing Emissions - A Climate Treaty created at Copenhagen will be non-binding but it will most likely set the stage for future global carbon emissions reduction targets.
  • Solar Panel Costs Drop - Solar electricity has become less expensive due to several factors and many European countries and India are taking advantage of it. This news summary details the reasons for the price decrease.
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Builds Vermont’s Largest Solar Array - Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' installation of a 572 panel solar array will help the company produce roughly 112,000 kilowatt hours of electricity - the equivalent of running 16 households a year. In addition to the solar installation, the company is doing other innovative things to support sustainability initiatives.
  • Solar Energy - A guide to solar energy.
  • What is Solar Energy - A guide to solar energy.
  • Geothermal Energy - A guide to geothermal energy.

Energy Reduction

  • Copenhagen Conference: Globally Reducing Emissions - A Climate Treaty created at Copenhagen will be non-binding but it will most likely set the stage for future global carbon emissions reduction targets.
  • Recycling: A Sound Business Practice - Recycling is a sound business practice. Here we cite some examples of successful recycling practices by businesses that has helped reduce waste and saved money.
  • What is Recycling? - When a product or material, at the end of its useful life cycle, is turned into usable raw material to make another product, the process is called recycling. Products that can be recycled include metal cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, magazines and newspaper, cardboard boxes and other office waste. Recycling is an environmentally […]

Energy Saving

  • Why is Recycling Important - Is recycling fiscally responsible? Does it really lower your carbon footprint? Is it worth all the trouble? Implementing a recycling program at work can seem daunting and does present many challenges. However, there are several solutions to making it a bit easier and to saving money and waste. Learn about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle at work.
  • Portable Air Conditioners: Saving Energy & Cost - Portable air conditioners are effective and energy efficient. In this article, get an idea on how to purchase an energy efficient portable air conditioning unit.
  • 5 Steps to Creating an Employee Awareness Program - The nation’s small businesses spend more than $60 billion on energy each year, according to Small Business Review. It would seem to make good business sense to develop an employee awareness plan (EAP) for energy savings. But if creating an awareness program quickly and at a low cost has you bothered, not to worry. Your company can save […]
  • Saving Money By Reducing Your Carbon Footprint - Reducing your carbon footprint can save you money. By factoring life cycle cost & environmental impact of products and services, and setting a budget, you can reduce your carbon footprint and realize notable savings. Step 1: Life-cycle Cost Analysis When you purchase a product or a service, the price that you pay is just one […]
  • How to Start a Recycling Program - To start a recycling program at work requires time and effort to reap the true benefits of recycling. Consider the eight tips mentioned in this How-to article on recycling program.

Energy Types

  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Builds Vermont’s Largest Solar Array - Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' installation of a 572 panel solar array will help the company produce roughly 112,000 kilowatt hours of electricity - the equivalent of running 16 households a year. In addition to the solar installation, the company is doing other innovative things to support sustainability initiatives.
  • Solar Energy - A guide to solar energy.
  • What is Solar Energy - A guide to solar energy.
  • Geothermal Energy - A guide to geothermal energy.
  • How Does Geothermal Energy Work - A guide to geothermal energy.
  • How Does Wind Energy Work - A guide to wind energy.
  • Wind Energy - A guide to wind energy.
  • Combined Heat and Power - This article looks at the benefits and drawbacks of Combined Heat and Power and what it can do for your business.
  • An Overview of CHP - This article looks at the benefits and drawbacks of Combined Heat and Power and what it can do for your business.
  • Tidal Energy - Tidal Energy is a renewable energy source that is not written about in the U.S. as often as wind, solar and geothermal. Typically it is more popular in coastal countries like Japan and the U.K. but there are certainly opportunities to benefit from this clean energy source in the U.S.

Green Management

  • How to Create an Energy Awareness Campaign - Reducing energy consumption helps save energy costs as well as support the environment. Find here a guide on how-to inspire your employees to save energy with an employee awareness program.
  • Inspiring Your Co-Workers to Go Green - Creating a green workplace is a group effort. Share your excitement and knowledge for the environment with your co-workers and they just may be inspired to help you go Green.

Employee Involvement

  • How to Create an Energy Awareness Campaign - Reducing energy consumption helps save energy costs as well as support the environment. Find here a guide on how-to inspire your employees to save energy with an employee awareness program.
  • Inspiring Your Co-Workers to Go Green - Creating a green workplace is a group effort. Share your excitement and knowledge for the environment with your co-workers and they just may be inspired to help you go Green.

Padosa

  • 5 Ways to Establish Your Small Business As Eco-Friendly - Whether you have plans of launching an eco-friendly enterprise from the get-go or you’re looking for ways to greenify your current business, you’ll find that there is no shortage of ways to establish your company as an entity concerned with environmental protection. And while you can certainly implement policies around the office designed to make […]
  • How to Use Plants to Improve Air Quality in the Workplace - Take a moment to consider the air that you are breathing right now. Many people in today’s world are rightfully concerned about air pollution and the precarious situation of our global ecosystems, but the problem of indoor air pollution is very rarely addressed. In fact, the air inside homes and offices is very often more […]
  • 5 Ways That Environmental Awareness Can Help Build Your Business - You’d have to be living under a rock at this point to be unaware of eco-catchphrases like “global warming”, “alternative energy”, and “habitat loss”. And as someone who runs a business entity, you may also know that companies across every conceivable industry are working to clean up their operations in order to come into compliance […]
  • Is Cloud Computing Really Green? - One of the main benefits of cloud computing – well, aside from convenience – is the fact that it has been touted as an eco-friendly way to store and access all kinds of files and media. And when you think about consumers downloading content rather than purchasing discs with media, not to mention all the […]
  • Eco Friendly Gadgets for Your Business - The growing concern of environmental conservation is causing businesses everywhere to change their ways, one step at a time. It won’t be easy to undo the damage done to our environment, but if everyone does their part we can ensure a better future for the coming generations. Consider using some of these eco-friendly gadgets for […]
  • Best Practices for Green Business Travel - There’s a great deal of potential for fun when you go traveling, but those who travel for business are usually a bit less on the fun side of things–generally speaking. When you go traveling for business, you might lose hours of sleep, skip meals, and do any number of other things to get the job […]
  • Green Work Wardrobe Dos and Don’ts - When it comes to building a wardrobe that embodies both your employer’s standards for appropriate office attire and your own green ideals, you might be struggling to find enough pieces to flesh out your closet. While there are plenty of outlets for casual clothing that is sustainably made, you might have a much harder time […]
  • The Benefits of Hiring Disabled Individuals for Your Green Business - As your company has been expanding, you may be in the fortunate position of being able to hire more staff to do certain jobs. The thing is, you’ve been doing a bit of research and you’ve continued to see articles that state the fact that it can be a real benefit to you to hire […]
  • 5 Ways to Embed Sustainability in Your Workforce - When you run a small business, doing so sustainably is a great thing. It’s become more and more popular to make sure you’re taking good care of the environment, and this is for a lot of very good reasons. We’re all starting to notice how important it is that we do our part to reduce […]
  • Sectors of Green Business Experiencing the Most Growth - It’s not easy being green, but that doesn’t stop plenty of people from harboring dreams of a world in which responsible businesses operate with the environment in mind, striving to reduce pollution and waste any way they can as well as manage their operations in sustainable ways that does less harm to the environment. It’s […]

1. How To

  • How to Use Plants to Improve Air Quality in the Workplace - Take a moment to consider the air that you are breathing right now. Many people in today’s world are rightfully concerned about air pollution and the precarious situation of our global ecosystems, but the problem of indoor air pollution is very rarely addressed. In fact, the air inside homes and offices is very often more […]
  • How To Fix An Oil Leak - Oil leaks are very messy for the environment and can be a huge financial burden. Learn about simple ways to clean up an oil leak.
  • Hidden Green Savings in Tankless Water Heaters - Tankless water heaters save space, money and energy. They are a practical and economical way to get hot water for your business and the Federal Government offers tax credits for purchasing tankless water heaters.
  • A Green Approach to Office Technology - There are many opportunities for companies to significantly reduce savings through purchasing energy efficient office equipment. This article provides lots of resources about programs available to help businesses save money through sustainable technology initiatives.
  • Reduce Your Company’s Energy Costs: Join Padosa on November 17 - Padosa.com is pleased to host Energy 101: Greening your Building for Efficiency and Profitability. This educational and networking event will focus on the most up to date commercial building practices and technologies that help to significantly reduce energy costs and increase asset value. This event is for the Real Estate Community.
  • Creatively Increasing Sales: The Online Lay Away Plan - Eco-friendly retailer, Nau, launched a lay away plan as a means to expand their online sales. While this may not exemplify a sustainable practice, it is an innovative way to reach new markets and remain competitive.
  • Reducing Energy Use By Glimpsing Your Neighbor’s Bill - Some utilities are sending customers their monthly bill, detailing how they fare on their electricity usage compared with their neighbors. This concept of comparison has been researched to be highly effective in influencing people to positive action. Positive Energy, a company that works with utilities on assessing neighborhoods' energy usage, is helping to effectively reduce energy use.
  • Eco Intelligent Banking - Where we choose to deposit our money is an important decision. This piece explores the many aspects that we take into account when choosing a bank, including financial and ecological factors.
  • Challenges with Going Green - This article examines some of the more common challenges companies face when trying to go green and the ways in which they overcome these challenges.
  • Padosa on Facebook and Twitter - Padosa aims to communicate with its membership and create new members through Facebook and Twitter. We view these sites as opportunities to build our community and exchange information.

a. Get Started

  • Reduce Your Company’s Energy Costs: Join Padosa on November 17 - Padosa.com is pleased to host Energy 101: Greening your Building for Efficiency and Profitability. This educational and networking event will focus on the most up to date commercial building practices and technologies that help to significantly reduce energy costs and increase asset value. This event is for the Real Estate Community.
  • Challenges with Going Green - This article examines some of the more common challenges companies face when trying to go green and the ways in which they overcome these challenges.
  • Padosa on Facebook and Twitter - Padosa aims to communicate with its membership and create new members through Facebook and Twitter. We view these sites as opportunities to build our community and exchange information.
  • Recycling Resources - This is an extensive resource list including where to get information about recycling,waste reduction, green purchasing,printing and packaging, food waste in NJ and composting.
  • What - Is recycling fiscally responsible? Does it really lower your carbon footprint? Is it worth all the trouble? Implementing a recycling program at work can seem daunting and does present many challenges. However, there are several solutions to making it a bit easier and to saving money and waste. Learn about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle at work.
  • Conducting an Energy Audit - To become energy efficient, the first step is to conduct an energy audit. In this article, find out how to conduct one at your business.
  • Go Green. Get Green. - Welcome to Padosa.com! We hope this site provides you ideas for saving money, and for becoming more sustainable. Read further to learn how!
  • Energy Efficient Lighting - A basic overview of the different types of high-efficiency lighting.
  • Reducing Energy Costs - This document provides an overview on ways to save money by increasing your energy efficiency.