OD Green Management in Practice: Putting the Pieces Together Reply

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This blog has covered a multitude of different ways the  business environment can harness the power of conservation in order to move forward. Areas of focus have included different  eco-friendly ideologies, sustainability concepts, and specific companies that have implemented successfully sustainable strategies. In this post, we will cover a basic implementation strategy which will put your own Environmental Management Strategy into practice.

Let’s look at some of the elements needed for a successful implementation.

Strategic planning

Sustainability is a concept  which must be driven by top management and trickles down throughout the entire company. Remember it’s a mindset, it’s something all company employees can share and strive for.

  • Make it a part of your company’s culture.
  • The S.M.A.RT Approach; Accordingly, all levels of your business and management need to be involved in the planning process.
  •  Time Management

Delegate Tasks

New business opportunities and management positions are emerging due to sustainability practices. In order, to make the most of these it is important to delegate tasks efficiently.

  • “Though most employers aren’t adding jobs at a quick pace, positions tied to sustainability and renewable energy might be a bright spot.  A few large companies recently created positions for so-called chief sustainability officers, who report to the chief executive or chief operating officer, and are responsible for making sure their companies save energy and are environmentally responsible” (Joe Light; WSJ). sustainability  officers can be implemented throughout the management structure.

Training Programs 

Training should first consist of creating an environmentally friendly code of  conduct. It’s a way to display your green goals as well as motivate the entire company to reaching a similar goal.

  • Training pulls innovation and creativity from members of your company.
  • Training creates an awareness to the external environment, ultimately creating unity as a whole.

Cross-functional teams

Cross-functionality results from a properly trained team. Using multiple referencing points  allows for the company to receive maximum productivity from it’s initiatives.  From product design to control systems, each can integrate their own aspects of sustainability.

Marketing

Sustainability has gained much attention in the past few years as it has a marketable benefit for customers. Sustainability is a direct reflection of your company. Building a reputation as  a greener company has the ability to differentiate your product while attracting a growing market of environmentally friendly consumers.

 Environmental Reporting and Auditing

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A Cost Cutting Guide to Green Innovation Reply

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In this post, we will focus on green innovation projects and  opportunities that can help  reduce operating  cost.  Although the focus is applicable to larger scale business operations, we can heighten our overall awareness by exploring new eco-friendly ideologies.  Ultimately, this post is  an informational portal to help your business find additional information for a more sustainable business plan and strategy.

Build a green foundation. No really you can build and implement  innovative green technologies into the foundation of your new office, building or other assets.  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory  offers many recommendations and publications to help business owners achieve higher energy performances.  “Building designers and operators could cut energy use by 50% in large office buildings, hospitals, schools, and a variety of stores— including groceries, general merchandise outlets, and retail outlets—by following the recommendations of researchers at the (NREL).”  In referring back to my earlier post, What’s following me? Sustainability via LED’s, we can look at the University of Nevada Reno’s Joe Crowley Student Union as an example of a successful  low-impact developmental project integrating green innovations.

The NREL discloses recommendations in technical support documents (TSDs) compiled on their website.  The information is supported by the  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and additional information can be found through their Building Technologies Program.

Accordingly, green innovation is not limited to just building projects and can be implemented into any stage of your business plan, strategy, or current operations. There are  many different  funding opportunities, tax-credits, and state rebate programs available to help your company.  The EPA and DOE have put together a variety of sources helpful in implementing green incentives into your business strategy:

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