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November 28, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Chefs do battle against invasive fish
    The northern snakehead -- an invasive fish described as a "rattlesnake with fins" -- has been laying waste to the Potomac River basin in recent years. Now local chefs are fighting back by trying to popularize snakehead-based dishes, as part of a strategy that environmentalists say could be replicated to rein in other invasive species. The snakehead "is dangerous, but chefs are more dangerous," explains David Stein, executive chef at Tony & Joe's Seafood Place in Washington, D.C. Reuters (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • Can restaurants learn to curb food waste?
    Restaurants are a major producer of food waste, which in turn is a source of climate-changing methane gas, experts say. Some tactics restaurants are trying include removing kitchen trash cans and forcing line chefs to ask for permission before throwing food away. ""The hardest part about doing anything to benefit the planet, benefit your bottom line, is behavioral change," says Chris Moyer of the National Restaurant Association. "Because that's really what we're talking about -- changing mindsets, changing behaviors." National Public Radio (text and audio)/The Salt blog (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Irish farmers need better green branding
    Sustainable agriculture is gaining importance in Europe, writes Barry Caslin. That could be good news for Ireland's eco-minded farmers if they can get the word out. "The challenge now facing Irish agriculture is to go to the market and actively demonstrate just how green and natural we are," Caslin writes. (Ireland) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • Why CEOs and lawmakers must learn to work together
    The U.S. can chart a course to a brighter and greener future, but only if policymakers and business leaders learn to work together, writes David Levine, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council. "Let us step up and be the business leaders that this country has been waiting for and establish the economy for a sustainable future," he writes. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Lawmakers, veterans to push for renewal of wind tax credit
    Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Reps. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., and Steve King, R-Iowa, will join a group of military veterans today in Washington, D.C., to call for a one-year extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. The group will meet with lawmakers today and Thursday to muster support for the tax incentive. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How ethanol rules play a role in higher food prices
    Recent droughts may play a temporary role in pushing food prices higher, but a 2005 federal mandate to boost the use of corn-based ethanol is just as much to blame and much more likely to lead to permanently higher prices, writes Rob Green, executive director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants. "In exchange for an alleged benefit that is uncertain at best, the ethanol mandate effectively requires that Americans pay a tax on the food they purchase." The Wall Street Journal (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Good leaders know when to be passionate
    The best leaders know how to manage their teams effectively -- and also how to inspire them and generate real passion for the company's goals, writes Joanna Riley Weidenmiller, CEO of The One-Page Co. "The kind of passion involved in leadership isn't overbearing and loud; it's a deep unwavering commitment to an overall mission," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
To take this need for systemic change seriously, we must take seriously the possibility that we will fail."
--David Levine, chief executive officer of the American Sustainable Business Council, writing at
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