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Monthly Archives: November 2011
According to the latest issue of Mechanical Engineering, engineers: see the value of sustainability show skepticism about the hype are searching for better ways to quantify what in fact they are doing The study further reveals that even though the … Continue reading
Earlier in my career, I produced and promoted tradeshows for more than a decade. I recently called some of my old colleagues and asked them about the state of sustainability in the industry. Unfortunately, they reported slow progress overall; the industry … Continue reading
In many ways, Dave Ager’s thinking was ahead of his time. In 1980, he wrote Natural Energy and Community Design, a bachelor-level thesis that outlined a net-zero community and won a dean’s medal at Louisiana State University.
Misconceptions abound concerning what ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ mean. Although it may be confusing at times, they have distinct meanings. Green usually refers to environmental and energy-related attributes. Green-sector businesses offer products or services that can be more environmentally beneficial than … Continue reading
‘Tis the season for high school students to visit prospective institutions of higher education. Our son, Elliot, an 11th grader, has been touring schools large and small, public and private, looking for a good fit. We visited several schools in … Continue reading
A key part of the health of a company is the health of the individuals and their ability to work together. Many local firms have embedded healthy practices into their everyday operations. One local company, Terrapin Adventures, located at Savage … Continue reading
Sustainable development is an investment in the future. Through conservation, improved maintenance, recycling, reuse, reduction and other actions and innovations, we can meet today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. Sustainable development produces facilities … Continue reading
“Deliveries are under way!” said an email from Megan Handshu, program manager for the Natural Resources Division of the Howard County (Maryland) Department of Recreation and Parks.
Bob’s BMW owners espouse reuse and treating employees well as keys to sustainable business operations
“For 30 years we’ve been doing things that make sense,” said Bob Henig, co-owner of Bob’s BMW, from his office in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. “There is economic sense for most of these things,” said Suzanne Henig, Bob’s wife and business … Continue reading
Across America, counties, cities and towns are stepping up to provide information and technical support to businesses that aspire to be more sustainable. In Howard County, Md., where I live, this assistance is offered in the following ways: