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8 Green Business initiatives for 2011

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Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company

The rejuvenating business environment is beginning to motivate executives to answer the business sustainability call to action and revisit some of the basic survival tactics of the past few years. We find organizations are redefining themselves to respond to the positive changes occurring in business. For many, now is the perfect time to revisit that stagnate business model and make changes for a new business environment.

A sustainable business plan is one way for small and growing businesses to drive efficiencies into existing business process and to create access to new opportunities. A comprehensive business sustainability program is a communication tool to your key business stakeholders that your company is responsive to change. In fact, the potential impacts have become a bottom-line focus for CEOs around the world. In addition, ‘green business’ has become a top-line business sustainability opportunity. ‘Green’ has shifted from a movement to a market, as companies target a new and growing customer segment.

Which sustainable business strategies are leading companies implementing in 2011 to reduce cost and add value?

  1. Office Building Energy Consumption – Businesses are evaluating the average energy use per square foot of office space and implementing best practices to reduce: energy consumption studies, efficiency practices, equipment modifications, etc.
  2. Employee Commuting – Many companies are offering employees incentives to ride public transportation or participate in car/van pooling.
  3. Employee Telecommuting – Reduced office space and transportation is a potential win-win-win practice for businesses, employees, and the environment.
  4. Operations Efficiency – Companies are incorporating energy efficient process into their daily operations, evaluating peak hour consumption, and decreasing off-hour usage.  Click here to continue reading.

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