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October 9, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • The pros and cons of plastic-bag bans
    Dozens of countries and cities have enacted bans on plastic shopping bags and many more are considering bans, says Daniella Dimitrova Russo, co-founder and executive director of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, which makes the environmental case for the bans. Meanwhile, some say the costs of the bans far outweigh the benefits. The Wall Street Journal (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Locally grown food goes mainstream
    Retailers including Wegmans Food Markets and Whole Foods Market are meeting customer demand for locally grown produce, often organic. Sales of locally grown food increased from $4 billion in 2002 to $11 billion in 2011. A survey by the National Association of the Specialty Food Trade found that "local" is this year's most influential food claim. CNBC (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Creating Accountability 
  • EPA rule on commercial-building lead paint is pushed to 2015
    The Environmental Protection Agency's inclusion of commercial buildings in a residential lead paint rule is being delayed until 2015. A lack of required studies for the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule led the agency to extend the regulation's scope. (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • How environmentalists learned the value of elegant messaging
    The environmental movement has long been plagued by "aesthetic ineptitude," but that could finally be changing, writes Patrick James. Brands have started using "bold, visual campaigns to communicate the imperative of ecological stewardship," James notes -- a trend that, perhaps not coincidentally, has accompanied the commercial mainstreaming of sustainability. Fast Company online (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Sustainability Update Powered by 3BL Media 
  • Shooting for 1 Million: AT&T Takes On Education
    Partnering with educational nonprofit leaders in the field of student mentoring such as Junior Achievement, We Teach Science, and The Lead Program, AT&T has developed and launched the Aspire Mentoring Academy. Aspire Mentoring Academy is the key community engagement program of AT&T Aspire, a $350 million commitment focused on high school success that leads to college and career readiness. As AT&T helped over 100,000 students in the last 4 years, the academy will up the organization's efforts by allowing the company's 240,000 employees strive toward a goal of 1 million hours of mentoring. 3BL Media
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The Responsible Leader 
  • Meet the Sustainability Consortium's optimist-in-chief
    As new CEO of the Wal-Mart-backed Sustainability Consortium, Kara Hurst has had to deal with general confusion about the group's goals and motives. She says she's optimistic that companies will increasingly see the consortium as an ally as they seek to green their supply chains. "When I think about taking the products that we as consumers all love and use, and making them better and better and better, that to me is so exciting and that's huge," she says. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Transmission-line project aims to unlock wind energy in Texas
    Wind Energy Transmission of Texas, a joint venture of Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management and Spain's Isolux Corsan Conceiones, is developing a 375-mile transmission line project that is expected to bring wind power to urban dwellers in Texas. Construction should be completed next spring, said General Manager Wayne Morton. Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free registration) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • How criticism helped Kathy Ireland launch a billion-dollar brand
    Kathy Ireland has gone from gracing the pages of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to heading a global brand that generates yearly revenues estimated in excess of $1 billion. In her keynote address at NAWBO's Women's Business Conference in Louisville, Ky., last week, Ireland talked about being imperfect, the importance of having people in your life "who have your best interests in mind and who will be honest with you," and the value of criticism. "Criticism is a gift. And sometimes it's a gift wrapped in a really nasty package," she said, but opening and digging through that package is an important part of growing and improving yourself. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The more elegant the delivery, the more receptive we are to the message."
--Patrick James, managing editor of Very Short List, writing for FastCoExist
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