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Books cover all aspects of sustainable business, corporate leadership, and environmental business opportunity. Specific topics covered include sustainability as a competitive strategy, green strategic planning, opportunities in new technology, leading change, performance measurement, corporate social and environmental responsibility reporting, the triple bottom line, engaging stakeholders, employees, and managers, green product design, green marketing, greening supply chains, green purchasing and printing, and green property management.

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The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World. By Andrew Winston. A weakening of our planetary infrastructure is costing businesses dearly and putting society at risk. Climate change, scarcity, and radical transparency threaten our ability to run an expanding economy and are profoundly changing “business as usual.” They also offer unprecedented opportunities. The way companies currently operate will not allow them to keep up with the rate of change. Includes concrete advice and tactics, and stories from companies like Dow, Ford, Nike, and Unilever. As Kindle | More… | Andrew Winston EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World

The Business Guide to Sustainability. By Darcy Hitchcock. A no-nonsense guide on how to "green" your office or business. This easy-to-use manual has been written by top business consultants specifically to help managers, business owners, organizational leaders, and aspiring environmental managers and sustainability co-ordinators. It demystifies sustainability, untangles the plethora of sustainability frameworks, tools and practices, and makes it easy for the average person in any organization to move toward sustainability. As Kindle | More... | Darcy Hitchcock EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Business Guide to Sustainability

Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-Based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs. By Jonathan Koomey. Written for entrepreneurs and investors, this book describes how to profit from tackling climate change, one of this century’s greatest challenges. Industry expert Dr. Jonathan Koomey writes as your scientific advisor, summarizing the business implications of the climate problem for both new and existing ventures. Koomey helps you effectively allocate scarce time and resources to the most promising opportunities, drawing upon more than 25 years of experience in analyzing and implementing climate solutions. As Kindle | More… | Jonathan Koomey EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-Based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs

Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse-Gas Emissions. By Joe Romm. Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions is not a roadblock to growth and innovation but a unique opportunity to increase profits and productivity. Cool Companies includes fifty case studies in which bottom line improvements have been achieved by improving processes, increasing energy efficiency, and adopting new technologies. Shows managers how they can use the latest technologies to reduce emissions and achieve quick returns on investment. A unique and essential business book. As Kindle | More… | Joe Romm EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Corporate Social Responsibility: Doing the Most Good for Your Company and Your Cause. By Nancy Lee. Corporations are expected to give something back to their communities in the form of charitable projects. In Corporate Social Responsibility, Philip Kotler and Nancy Lee explain why charity is both good P.R. and good for business. They show business leaders how to choose causes, design initiatives, gain employee support, and evaluate their efforts. They also provide all the best practices and cutting-edge ideas that leaders need to maximize their contributions to social causes and do the most good. As Kindle | More... | Nancy Lee EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Corporate Social Responsibility: Doing the Most Good for Your Company and Your Cause

Cracking the Carbon Code: The Key to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy. By Terry Tamminen. As the list of regulations, markets, and carbon reduction targets grows and merges, business must take action to become more efficient and reduce carbon. Cracking the Carbon Code provides the tools to profit from this trend, describing practical steps to make any business more sustainable and competitive. Carbon is a measurement of waste, so reducing your carbon footprint will save money. This book is for anyone who wants to build value, grow market share, and secure acceptance by consumers and regulators alike. As Kindle | More… | Terry Tamminen EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Cracking the Carbon Code: The Key to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy

Crisis & Renewal: Meeting the Challenge of Organizational Change. By David Hurst. Crisis & Renewal presents a radical view of how all successful organizations evolve and renew themselves and of what managers must do to lead the revival. In the pursuit of performance, what were once self-selected roles become designated tasks, flexible teams become rigid structures, open networks give way to closed systems, and control supplants commitment. Renewal – changing a performance organization back into a learning organization – demands the restoration of excitement, emotional commitment, and values. More... | David Hurst EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Crisis & Renewal: Meeting the Challenge of Organizational Change

Developing Green: Strategies for Success. By Jerry Yudelson. Green building and development projects will increase 30 percent per year during the next five years, making them one of the major development trends in our industry. Developing Green shows you how to build the business case and take advantage of tenants’ and owners’ interest in green development. It includes how to approach the LEED rating system strategically, and it takes you on a tour of sustainably designed commercial projects with a bonus CD. Leaves readers able to respond quickly to the fast-growing green development opportunity. More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Developing Green: Strategies for Success

Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage. By Chris Laszlo. We are in the midst of a sea-change. In years past, corporate social responsibility may have been seen as a feather in a corporation's cap. Today, ecological and social pressures require a new business response. Embedded Sustainability convincingly shows how companies can leverage global challenges for enduring profit and growth. Readers learn about the concept of embedded sustainability – the incorporation of environmental, health, and social value into core business activities with no trade-off in price or quality. As Kindle | More… | Chris Laszlo EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage

Engaging Outraged Stakeholders: How-To Guide for Uniting the Left, Right, Capitalists, and Activists. By Bill Shireman et al. An in-depth look at the stakeholder engagement process, helping readers understand what it takes to see past differences and work together. Includes case studies of unlikely alliances, beginning when the groups, at best, did not understand one another, and, at worst, vehemently hated each other. Also includes steps to engage opposing parties and interviews with experts on economics and the environment. Features success stories as well as some sobering words on the potential for failure. As Kindle | More... | Bill Shireman EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Engaging Outraged Stakeholders: How-To Guide for Uniting the Left, Right, Capitalists, and Activists

Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business. By Chris Laszlo. Just as sustainability has become a matter of course, so too will flourishing become a cornerstone of business tomorrow. Drawing together decades of research along with in-depth interviews, Flourishing Enterprise offers more than a dozen “reflective” practices leading to greater business success, personal well-being, and a healthier planet. This future-oriented guide develops core competencies while stretching the ongoing conversation about profitable, sustainable business. As Kindle | More… | Chris Laszlo EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business

Green Marketing: Opportunity for Innovation. By Jacquelyn Ottman. It provides an understanding of the multitude of interconnected issues involved in green marketing, describes the state of green consumerism, analyzes success strategies, and points to direction for the future. Includes case studies that show how green marketing can increase profits and market share and be a means to dialogue with and educate the public. It will also help you improve your company's environmental performance. Published in 1998, an updated version entitled The New Rules of Green Marketing (see below) is now available. More… | Jacquelyn Ottman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Marketing: Opportunity for Innovation

Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top. By Andrew Winston. Winston shows how companies don't need to sideline their green business initiatives when the economy turns rough, and argues that no company can afford to wait for the downturn to ease before going green. The book provides a road map for using green initiatives to deliver short-term gains and position your company for long-term strategic growth. It helps you establish your company’s competitive positioning in difficult times so you can emerge even stronger into a vastly changed economy. As Kindle | More… | Andrew Winston EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage. By Andrew Winston. A book for executives at every level, and in all kinds of businesses, who see the Green Wave coming and want to know how they can be good stewards of the Earth while simultaneously building the bottom line. It provides clear how-to advice and concrete examples from major companies that are achieving both environmental and business success. As Kindle | More… | Andrew Winston EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

Innovation Nation: Toward a Right-Left Alliance to Unleash America's Creative Capacity and Entrepreneurial Energy. By Bill Shireman. To successfully walk the path to innovation rather than financial, social, and environmental debt, we must break the political gridlock that cements in place the policies of a bygone era. The Right and Left can work functionally together applying core principles from both sides to cultivate genuine long-term prosperity. Stepping only to the right, or only to the left, we walk in circles. But by stepping right, then left, then right and left again, we move ahead. As Kindle | More… | Bill Shireman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Innovation Nation: Toward a Right-Left Alliance to Unleash America's Creative Capacity and Entrepreneurial Energy

Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment. By Pamela Gordon. This book dispels the myth that a business or organization has to choose between making a profit and protecting the environment. Appealing to employees at every level, it provides more than 100 examples of environmental practices from prominent companies – including Intel, Louisiana-Pacific, and Polaroid – that bring savings or new sources of revenue to an enterprise. It also coaches employees to make their environmental cases to management using no-nonsense business language – leading their argument with profitability. As Kindle | More… | Pamela Gordon EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment

Merchants of Virtue: Herman Miller and the Making of a Sustainable Company. By Bill Birchard. Merchants of Virtue tells the story of Herman Miller, Inc.’s 20-year journey to sustainability. At Herman Miller, sustainability triumphs because people commit and recommit themselves to the guiding light of company values and in turn change the world of business. The company has become a role model for how to make great products, take care of the environment, benefit society, and make good money—all at the same time. Based on interviews with more than 100 people and hundreds of hours spent examining company documents. As Kindle | More… | Bill Birchard EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Merchants of Virtue: Herman Miller and the Making of a Sustainable Company

The Natural Step for Business: Wealth, Ecology & the Evolutionary Corporation. By Brian Nattrass. Employing a revolutionary science-based system for economic and environmental sustainability, The Natural Step for Business lays the groundwork for tomorrow's successful businesses. It explains the background and framework of the Natural Step system. It offers practical examples of major corporations that embrace sustainability and are rewarded for their efforts. Case examples of IKEA, Collins Pine, and Interface provide references for managers and consultants working to build more sustainable organizations. As Kindle | More… | Brian Nattrass EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Natural Step for Business: Wealth, Ecology & the Evolutionary Corporation

The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World. By David Hurst. This book integrates management practice and theory using a systems perspective as well as analogies drawn from nature. It locates the origins of organizations in communities of trust and tracks the decline of organizations to show how their strengths become weaknesses in changing circumstances. A key point is that the human mind is rational in an ecological rather than a logical sense. It evolved to extract cues to action from specific situations. An inspirational synthesis of management theory and practice. As Kindle | More... | David Hurst EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World

The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools, and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding. By Jacquelyn Ottman. Green products have been around since the 1970s, but it’s only in recent years that they’ve become ubiquitous. This book takes the best of Ottman’s previous groundbreaking work into the 21st century. Her “new rules” relegate “green guilt” approaches to the recycling bin, break green products out of their niche, and ultimately do a far better job of advancing the triple bottom line of people, profits, and planet. An emphasis on primary benefits is critical to winning over mainstream consumers. As Kindle | More… | Jacquelyn Ottman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools, and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding

The Power of Sustainable Thinking: How to Create a Positive Future for the Climate, the Planet, Your Organization and Your Life. By Bob Doppelt. Provides both an easy to understand explanation and practical methods for transforming our climate-damaging, unsustainable ways into sustainable thinking and behaviors. Explains how the mind works and how people change, then provides methods for transforming thinking and behavior, first with the reader's own cognitive patterns, then how individuals can motivate other people to change, and finally to how teams and organizations can be motivated to change. As Kindle | More… | Bob Doppelt EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Power of Sustainable Thinking: How to Create a Positive Future for the Climate, the Planet, Your Organization and Your Life

The Practice of Managerial Leadership. By Nancy Lee. Describes a comprehensive, science-based set of principles and practices called Requisite Organization, developed by Elliott Jaques through consulting research work in 15 countries. Nancy Lee worked with Dr. Jaques for more than 20 years. The book is focused on the managerial role because this is where guidelines are most needed to accomplish the goals of an organization. The use of these ideas results in increased productivity and profitability, enhances trust, and provides employees with a healthy working environment conducive to personal growth. As Kindle | More… | Nancy Lee EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Practice of Managerial Leadership

The Secret Green Sauce: Best Practices Being Used By Actual Green Entrepreneurs and Businesses To Grow Sustainable Revenues and Profits. By Bill Roth. Profiles the best practices being used by companies to grow green revenues. Bill Roth assembled these best practices through a two-year effort of searching for and interviewing the business pioneers who are successfully building green businesses and launching green products. The Secret Green Sauce covers strategy, business economics, market research and marketing, pricing, branding, HR planning, valuing stock, green entrepreneurship, and green business development.  More… | Bill Roth EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Secret Green Sauce: Best Practices Being Used By Actual Green Entrepreneurs and Businesses To Grow Sustainable Revenues and Profits

Sustainable Value: How the World's Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good. By Chris Laszlo. Illustrates how the competitive strategies of some of the world's largest businesses are changing as their leaders take on important social, environmental, and economic challenges. Outlines how and why these challenges are becoming huge business opportunities. Designed to provide managers with the means to build sustainable value and compete effectively in the twenty-first century. As Kindle | More… | Chris Laszlo EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Sustainable Value: How the World's Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good

True to Our Roots: Fermenting a Business Revolution. By Paul Dolan. Describes the management principles that enabled Fetzer Vineyards to become one of America's biggest and best-known wineries and a model for sustainable business practices. Contains personal anecdotes and practical wisdom, and offers inspiration and guidance to business managers who see the compelling need to build and grow healthy, sustainable organizations. As Kindle | More... | Paul Dolan EcoSpeakers Info >>

       True to Our Roots: Fermenting a Business Revolution

The Truth About Green Business. By Gil Friend. Describes how green practices are quickly becoming the norm for large and small businesses alike, and explains what you need to know to green your business and grow your profit. Topics discussed include climate change and what it means for your business, the facts on running lean and green, and future proofing your business. Includes over fifty green strategies, as well as bite-sized, easy-to-use techniques. As Kindle | More... | Gil Friend EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Truth About Green Business

Uncommon Cents: Thoreau and the Nature of Business. By Rob Abbott. Thoreau is revered for his contributions to the environmental movement, but his influence on business is less well known. The central argument of Uncommon Cents is that he was a uniquely synthetic thinker whose ideas about the nature of business are useful, perhaps even vital, for contemporary business leaders. At a time when the role of business in society is being fiercely debated, this book reminds us that the path to a more just and caring world – to new relationships with nature and with each other – can be found in Thoreau. More… | Rob Abbott EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Uncommon Cents: Thoreau and the Nature of Business

What We Learned in the Rainforest: Business Principles For The New Economy. By Tachi Kiuchi and Bill Shireman. Presents a surprising new business principle: By applying strategies and practices gleaned from nature, by emulating what it once sought to conquer, big business can attain greater and more sustainable profits. With clear, direct language and dozens of real-world examples, the authors show how a company can become, like nature, a complex living system that doesn't merely balance competing interests but truly integrates them. As Kindle | More… | Tachi Kiuchi EcoSpeakers Info >> | Bill Shireman EcoSpeakers Info >>
       What We Learned in the Rainforest: Business Principles For The New Economy

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