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January 30, 2013
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Setting the Example 
  • Biomimicry: The key to green infrastructure?
    Urban stormwater runoff is a widespread problem, and this piece looks at how cities are coping with it. Green stormwater infrastructure, such as rain gardens, green roofs and roadside plantings, is one way some cities are tackling the problem. The idea is that biomimicry, which simulates "the way nature collects and cleanses water," will keep a good portion of runoff from ever entering the pipe system. The Christian Science Monitor (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • NREL and energy efficiency: A successful venture others emulate
    Although private-sector obstacles to net-zero energy buildings exist, lessons can be learned from what the Research Support Facility at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado is doing. RSF, constructed for the same price as a far less energy-efficient building, is a net-zero building that uses rooftop photovoltaics. This article details how the building's success has inspired cities, states and private companies to develop similar projects. CleanTechnica (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • Report: U.S. coasts face issues from climate change
    Coastal areas in the U.S. will remain vulnerable to storms, flooding and other risks linked to climate change, with population centers along the Gulf of Mexico and in Northern Alaska, Hawaii and the Mid-Atlantic particularly at risk, according to a report. "[Hurricane] Sandy showed us that coastal states and communities need effective strategies, tools and resources to conserve, protect and restore coastal habitats and economies at risk from current environmental stresses and a changing climate," said Margaret Davidson of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the report's lead author. United Press International (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Chipotle looks to boost its standing as a lifestyle brand
    Chipotle Mexican Grill is looking to market its commitment to sustainable practices by expanding its lifestyle brand, which includes sales of organic-cotton clothing, sponsorship of "locavore" festivals and videos that knock industrial farming. "It's new territory for a restaurant brand. It's ambitious, but I don't think it's implausible that they could become a lifestyle brand," says Interbrand Design Forum's Bill Chidley. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • 5 factors that could push sustainability to the fore this year
    A focus on sustainability could grow this year, writes Dan Probst, chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle. There are more buildings seeking green certification and more legislation that encourages energy efficiency. Probst suggests that interest in resilience and the smart grid, along with energy-use data, smart building technology and renewable energy will make sustainable construction a mainstream approach. GreenBiz.com (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • How to help your workers mind their manners
    Workplace civility is no longer a given, writes S. Chris Edmonds, and it's up to bosses to ensure that employees mind their manners. That starts with personally modeling the kind of courtesy and consideration you expect from subordinates, Edmonds writes. "The integrity of your civil workplace is built upon the constant demonstration of valued behaviors by anyone in a leadership position," he argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Abercrombie & Fitch sells sex. Harley-Davidson sells rebellion. Chipotle sells idealism."
--Leslie Patton, reporter, writing in Bloomberg Businessweek
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