The Small Business Guide to Sustainable Business Practices

Small-Business-Guide

Could you use some help in implementing sustainable business practices for your company?

If you’re like most busy professionals, the answer is yes!

Sustainability is a vast – and rapidly evolving – field. Fortunately, there are best practices that have emerged that can help you so that you don’t have to reinvent the proverbial wheel.

This Small Business Guide to Sustainable Business Practices provides you with practical guidance to bring to your organization.

Each chapter contains links to articles that will help you to learn about sustainability and the triple bottom line, engage employees, conserve resources, and more.

Using this guide: The chapters to the right are organized sequentially so that one builds on the other, but you can of course dive right in to the topic that is of most interest to you. The chapters are organized sequentially so that one builds on the other, but you can of course dive right in to the topic that is of most interest to you.

Chapter 1:
Understanding Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line

Sustainability has burst onto the business scene in recent years, but for many people it remains an unfamiliar term. These posts will cover the concepts of sustainability and the triple bottom line to provide you with a solid understanding of both so that you can then implement appropriate practices for your business.

Chapter 2:
Getting Started with Sustainability

Now that you know about sustainability and the triple bottom line, it’s time to think about how they apply to your business. These articles will provide you with a starting point so that you can use a framework to avoid ad hoc efforts, follow three proven steps for sustainability, and overcome common challenges.

Chapter 3:
Engaging Employees in Sustainability

Many businesses run into challenges with engaging employees in their sustainability efforts, but there are proven strategies that you can use to get people involved.

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How to Start a Green Team

A green team is an important way to engage employees in sustainability. Learn how to start a green team at your business and download a free worksheet to help you get started.

Chapter 4:
Ways to Conserve Resources & Reduce Pollution

Conserving resources and reducing pollution are key to operating more sustainably and minimizing your environmental impact as a business. You’ll need to evaluate your operations across a range of areas, from energy efficiency to cleaning chemicals.

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Energy Efficient Lighting

Learn how you can save energy and money by evaluating your options for energy efficient lighting at your business.

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How to Reduce Waste at Your Business

Knowing how to reduce waste at your business is an important part of your sustainability efforts. Learn more about waste reduction and resources.

Chapter 5:
Doing Well by Doing Good

Reducing the negative environmental impacts of your business is just one part of sustainability. Social sustainability is equally important: what is your business doing to have a positive impact on the people that it touches?

Chapter 6:
Examples of Sustainability

Sustainability can be an abstract concept until you look closely at what businesses are doing day in and day out to operate in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. These profiles of real businesses will hopefully give you both ideas and inspiration as your embark upon your own sustainability journey.