All good things must come to an end…

This amazing semester is coming to an end. I’ve had two challenging classes; one of them is Statistics…no need to go into further details…self explanatory. The other class is Sustainability where we focused on the environment and how our contributions (whether negative or positive as individuals or businesses effect it). Right from the start, this class intrigued me.  Our textbook was: The Triple Bottom Line: How Today’s Best-Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success—and How You Can Too by Andrew W. Savitz and Karl Weber is a great way to introduce students to sustainability in business.

The main focus of this class is to learn about finding the common ground shared between business interests and the interest of the public. That common ground is called the Sustainability Sweet Spot. The Sustainability Sweet Spot is when company’s daily operations improve the environment versus harming it and find ways to do good for the communities instead of depriving it all while remaining profitable. Companies are encouraged to manufacture products that are not only profitable but also good for the consumer and the environment. Finding this medium is not an easy task, will take time and can be very expensive. However, once it’s achieved the company will benefit from profits and a positive reputation. The reputation of a company is very important in its success; this is why is it imperative that they are transparent and honest at all times when reporting their achievements and shortcomings especially today when all information- the good, the bad and the ugly is available for everyone to see through social media.

Social responsibility is not only applicable to business, but also to individuals whose any action impacts the environment. This responsibility can be passive, by avoiding engaging in socially harmful acts, or active, by performing activities that directly advance social goals.

Although this class is coming to an end, but for me it’s a beginning of many necessary changes needed on my behalf to become socially responsible. I hope that my contributions make an impact.

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Beginning of the week – A good time for the beginning of a new mindset!

The Why About This

A little reflection over the weekend and it dawned on me, that each of us (more or less) are partially responsible for the mess the planet is in right now. We really are. In our free country of the USA we take so much for granted. In fact children are being taught (by adult example) that it’s okay to take … and take … and take! Greed is a popular icon here as well as in many other “civilized?” countries which accomplishes nothing but more greed!

Time for a new mindset. We really don’t need so much “stuff”. It would be great if we spent more time caring for each other and the natural world we all inhabit while it’s still habitable. Healthier and happier people would make for a healthier and happier environment and economy. Not the other way around. People (all life) and their well being need to…

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Levis Stadium- Home of SF49ers goes green!

Sustaining Green Living

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Had the chance to check out the Levi’s stadium last Friday. The first US professional football stadium to achieve LEED gold certification. How does it feel? To be honest, it feels like any other stadium 😛

Here are some cool facts about the stadium.

  • 100% of the wood used in the Citrix Owners Suites is reclaimed wood from a local airplane hangar at Moffett Field in Mountain View, CA.
  • The stadium will use reclaimed water for both potable and non-potable uses such as the playing field irrigation water.
  • The stadium’s concessionaire is focused on working with local suppliers to fulfill its farm-to-table menus, and will be composting and recycling to the greatest extent possible.
  • The stadium is located on a sustainable site with accessible public transportation and bike path to lower greenhouse gases.
  • The stadium will self-consume PV-electricity generated from its three NRG Energy solar-paneled pedestrian bridges and its one…

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Sustainability and Business

Today, businesses have the ability to make necessary changes within their company which can have a major impact on the environment. By analyzing the resources for their products, the process of manufacturing and how to reuse product waste can not only be sustainable, but profitable as well. However, these changes and new practices must take place for we are running out of time. Scientifically, there is evidence “that climate is changing and that these changes are in large part caused by human activities,”and it “is largely irreversible.” Understanding climate change and its causes, and is beginning to help develop a strong understanding of current and potential impacts that will affect people today and in coming decades. This understanding is crucial because it allows decision makers to place climate change in the context of other large challenges facing the nation and the world. — United States National Research Council, Advancing the Science of Climate Change. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change

For better understanding, please below the links to two videos.

The first is by Michael Porter, (Professor at Harvard Business School and inventor of Porter Five Forces Analysis) discussing how sustainability in business can be profitable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_3013727891&feature=iv&src_vid=rpOwTspdwkI&v=iP9QF_lBOyA

The second video is by the late, Ray Anderson (founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., the world largest modular carpet manufacturer) discussing the positive impact sustainability has had on his company. In this video, Mr. Anderson reads an original poem written by Glenn Thomas, one of his employees named “Tomorrow’s Child”. Mr. Thomas wrote this poem after a meeting in which Mr. Anderson was discussing the upcoming changes and how he finally understood the importance for these changes.

http://blog.ted.com/2011/08/08/remembering-ray-anderson/

Tomorrow’s Child

By Glenn Thomas

Without a name; an unseen face
and knowing not your time nor place
Tomorrow’s Child, though yet unborn,
I met you first last Tuesday morn.

A wise friend introduced us two,
and through his shining point of view
I saw a day that you would see;
a day for you, but not for me

Knowing you has changed my thinking,
for I never had an inkling
That perhaps the things I do
might someday, somehow, threaten you

Tomorrow’s Child, my daughter-son
I’m afraid I’ve just begun
To think of you and of your good,
Though always having known I should.

Begin I will to weigh the cost
of what I squander; what is lost
If ever I forget that you
will someday come to live here too.

Introduction

Hello, my name is Victoria Guerrero and this is my blog about Sustainability and Going Green.

I am taking “Sustainability and Green Business” class @ SPS. This class has been very informative and eye-opener for me. Prior to this class, I would recycle my plastics, try to use less paper when printing. Of course, turning off the lights when not in the room and shut off water while washing dishes was mostly to save money. It has taught how every choice I make whether it’s in the items i purchase or how much energy or water I consume has an affect on the environment. I have begun questioning when purchasing products “where will this container/box will end?”, “is it biodegradable?” or “how can I reuse it?”.

I choose to use this blog to document my growth in knowledge and actions on how I can be more “green”.

Victoria