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- Author:Josh SniderExcerpt:
A Transformative Approach to Innovation, Strategy, and Results
The Natural Step Canada has launched its 2012 Sustainability Learning course dates and locations nationwide. These highly-reputable in-person courses are set to take place in Banff, Toronto, and Whistler.
Sustainability has the potential to drive innovation and value creation for businesses and communities around the world. Valued for their rich content, The Natural Step Canada’s courses give you the knowledge, skills, and tools to understand the global sustainability challenge, see the big picture, and make a clear case for why sustainability is crucial to the future success of your business, community, or organization.
- Karl-Henrik Robèrt and other Blue Planet Prize winners call for Transformational Change in paper launched this week at UNEPAuthor:Kelly Hawke BaxterExcerpt:
Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Founder of The Natural Step, joined a group of the world’s leading scientists and experts in sustainable development today in calling for urgent changes to policies and institutions to enable humanity to tackle environmental crises and improve human wellbeing.
The group – all past winners of the Blue Planet Prize – have gathered in London to finalise a paper that will be launched at the UN Environment Programme’s Governing Council meeting in Nairobi on 20-22 February.
The paper will emphasise transformational solutions to key environment and development challenges. It highlights the policies, technologies and behaviour changes required to protect the local, regional and global environment, stimulate the economy and enhance the livelihoods of the poor.
The paper, Environmental and Development Challenges: The imperative to act comes ahead of the Rio+20 conference in Brazil in June, which marks the 20th anniversary of the historic UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Earth Summit).
To view the draft paper, please visit Blue Planet Laureates: Environmental and Development Challenges – The Imperative to Act
- Author:Neil McCallumExcerpt:Author:Karl-Henrik RobertExcerpt:
Ray Anderson, the founder of Interface and the world’s most famous sustainability expert in the business community, passed away on Monday after a battle with cancer.
Ray generously offered The Natural Step and me personally his friendship and support some 15 years ago. He called himself a pupil of The Natural Step, inspired both by our way of systematic strategic thinking around sustainability and by the principles which he used to define sustainability for Interface. But at The Natural Step, we certainly consider ourselves his pupils when it comes to responsible, inclusive, faithful, humorous, humble leadership—one that brought soul into business.Author:Anouk BertnerExcerpt:Author:Neil McCallumExcerpt:
The innovative sustainability efforts of InterfaceFLOR, long time partner of The Natural Step, were recently highlighted in an article from Guardian Sustainable Business. InterfaceFLOR has been a leader in sustainable business as they continue to work towards their ambitous target to eliminate all of their negative environmental impacts by 2020.
To read more about what inspired InterfaceFLOR and how they implemented their sustainability plan visit the InterfaceFLOR case study.
Randomised tile design and the war on waste campaign are just two InterfaceFLOR initiatives to eliminate waste, leading to an 80% reduction in landfill and savings of $433mAuthor:Neil McCallumExcerpt:
Congratulations to The Natural Step partner Nike for being recognized as a sustainability leader! You can read our case study to learn more about Nike’s sustainability journey and how The Natural Step helped them apply the principles of sustainability to its business operations. Nike has also won an award for their Corporate Responsibility Report. Please read the following article highlighting Nike's sustainability achievements from the Environmental Leader.International Society of Sustainability Professionals Announces Finalists for Inaugural Pinnacle AwardAuthor:Neil McCallumExcerpt:
Congratulations to The Natural Step Founder Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt and The Natural Step Canada Board Member Bob Willard for being named finalists for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals’ inaugural Pinnacle Award. We would also like to extend our congratulations to the other finalists, who are all friends of The Natural Step: Interface’s Ray Anderson, Natural Logic’s Gil Friend, and Rocky Mountain Institute’s Amory B. Lovins.
Sustainability is not skin deep. Several members of The Natural Step team around the world have been working with CEW and Givaudan to help develop the criteria for the new CEW Eco Beauty Award, and has been involved in ranking the nominees based on science-based sustainability principles.Author:Anouk BertnerExcerpt:The two environmental NGOs anticipate that the merger will bring increased visibility and impact in the coming year.(Portland, OR) January 11, 2011 – Cascadia Green Building Council and The Natural Step USA announced today that they have merged and will work together in pursuit of their closely aligned missions. Both Cascadia and The Natural Step will continue their existing operations and will retain their current public identities under a unified leadership and infrastructure.