Small Business, Big Impacts | Opportunities for Energy Transitions

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Key Takeaways  Small businesses have a critical role in fighting climate change by using cleaner energy and reducing emissions Short and long-term benefits to using renewable or clean energy include saving money, minimizing your carbon footprint, and elevating yourself as an environmentally-responsible company  Your business can get involved in energy transitions and reducing emissions based […]

Project Protocol for GHG Accounting: An Introductory Course

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What is a Sustainable Earth course? Sustainable Earth courses, provided through a partnership between Wells Fargo and Arizona State University, are free micro-courses for businesses interested in upskilling in sustainable business practices. These courses require your contact information to register and take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. Completion time depends on your learning pace and […]

15 Small Businesses Creating a Mighty Impact on Sustainability

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Small businesses have a tremendous opportunity to make a big impact through small changes. When it comes to sustainability, there are a few misnomers that prevent many small businesses from ever pursuing it. In fact, many aren’t even aware that their business produces a carbon footprint until they begin to peel back the layers––even digital […]

10 Equity Resources that your Small Business Should Be Using

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How do you build a business toolkit to fight social injustice?  Environmental impacts affect people and society, and lack of governance can lead to negative social and environmental consequences. Low-income communities bear a disproportionate burden of environmental and social injustices that stem from historically intended and unintended actions. Small businesses in these communities are not […]

Growing Up: Is Vertical Farming the Future of Food?

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What’s the deal with our current food system? An article published in United Nations in 2019 showed that by 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow to 9.7 billion people with 68% of the global population being urban dwellers.  Feeding this large amount of people will be a huge challenge. In a very short […]

Demolition vs. Deconstruction: How Shifting to Reuse Impacts the Environment and Economy 

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Key Takeaways:  Construction and demolition waste make up approximately 40% of the US waste stream  Buildings account for 40% of the global use of raw materials –– many of which are non-renewable  Reuse of building materials can drive a circular economy and reduce carbon emissions  There are more resources than ever to recycle building materials and […]

Consumer Choices Are Changing, So Should Your Menu: A Case for Plant-Based

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Consumer spending on plant-based products has increased by approximately 2.6 billion dollars in just the last two years. Now more than ever, customers are demanding plant-based products, and businesses are having to quickly adapt to accomodate this new and emerging market. But just what is it about going plant-based that is driving consumers and businesses to change so quickly? And why is switching to a plant-based diet important in the first place? To find out, our team spoke to restaurant owners, entrepreneurs and research specialists in food systems around the country to highlight some guidance and recommendations for becoming a part of this emerging market. 

How to engage and navigate the new sustainable investment frontier: ESG investing

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Key Takeaways Investing sustainably is growing in popularity as investors are looking to align their investments with their beliefs and ideals.  There is a minefield of definitions for ESG investing, so it’s critical you decide what you are looking for in your investments.  Read the fine print of whatever fund you want to invest in […]

Healthy and Sustainable Certified: WELL and Living Building Challenge Explained

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Healthy and Sustainable Certified: WELL and Living Building Challenge Explained Key Takeaways: The WELL Building Standard and Living Building Challenge (LBC) extend beyond building efficiency and sustainability, taking into account health and well-being. WELL and LBC have expanded certification levels to allow for more points of entry. Many predict the philosophies guiding these two certifications […]

How Small Businesses Can Create More Sustainable Supply Chains and Improve Profitability

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By Hitendra Chaturvedi, Supply Chain Management Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, and Sustainable Earth Contributor Key takeaways: In legacy business models, the supply chain is thought of as a cost center rather than a value generator, and this has created a lot of unnecessary waste. Looking at the […]