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December 6, 2012
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Setting the Example 
 
  • Chefs to put sustainability on the menu in 2013
    Sustainability and local sourcing will be among professional chefs' priorities in 2013, according to the National Restaurant Association's annual forecast of major industry trends. Locally sourced meat and seafood is likely to be the top trend for restaurants in the coming year, and five of the NRA's top 10 trends focus on sustainably or locally sourced food items. Locavorism is a "macro-trend that will maintain its momentum in the restaurant community in 2013," said NRA executive Joy Dubost. FastCasual.com (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
What goes into Smarter Buildings?
Learn how ecology, biology, computer science, and geography come together at IBM to help clients create more efficient cities, neighborhoods, and buildings. Featured speaker David Bartlett, VP IBM, covers this and more at the Geodesign Summit, Jan 24-25 in Redlands, CA. Register by Dec 21 and save.
Creating Accountability 
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

Green Marketing 
 
  • WindMade to launch new renewable-energy consumer label
    WindMade is planning to introduce a new consumer label for products made using renewable power and companies that run on renewable energy. The move will enable WindMade to "engage a wider range of interested partners and supporters for this new renewable energy label, which is built on the success of WindMade," said Chairman Steve Sawyer. DomesticFuel.com (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

Sustainability Update Powered by 3BL Media 
 
  • Who Really Leads Corporate Sustainability in a Company?
    According to the latest report from the National Association for Environmental Management, it is a company's environmental, health and safety (EHS) professionals. The "EHS & Sustainability Staffing and Structure" report reveals that the EHS function either leads or shares responsibility for the majority of the top 15 initiatives identified by the respondents as "sustainability" such as sustainability strategies, carbon footprint tracking and energy management. "Over time, our benchmarks have reflected the evolution of the environmental management profession to include health and safety ... today it also includes sustainability," said NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt. 3BL Media
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The Responsible Leader 
  • Lessons on engaging workers in sustainability from CBRE, Cleveland
    What do real estate firm CBRE and the city of Cleveland have in common? They're both doing an extraordinarily good job of rallying employees around sustainability initiatives and reaping the rewards from doing so, write Christopher Thomas and Andrew Watterson. "Once an organization has received buy-in from employees ... it solidifies an employee's commitment in the company's journey and ultimate success," they write. GreenBiz.com (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • European interest is a good sign for U.S. offshore wind, exec says
    The interest shown by European companies such as Iberdrola, Electricite de France and Mainstream Renewable Power to participate in the first lease auction for U.S. offshore wind projects next year indicates a growing confidence in the emerging sector, said Peter Mandelstam, president of Arcadia Windpower. "The Europeans have been doing this since 1991. It's a badge of honor for the U.S. industry that the Europeans are here," he said. Bloomberg (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Do you have a need to lead?
    The best leaders are those who have a real calling, writes Mary Jo Asmus. It's not always comfortable to be the boss, but when your values and abilities coincide with opportunity, it's important to step up. "The calling sometimes whispers very softly, so you have to open your ears and heart to hear what it's asking of you," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
If the mission that is whispering to you is aligned with your values, then you might hear it speaking a little louder."
--Mary Jo Asmus, executive coach, writing at SmartBlog on Leadership
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