Greening Westin: It's All You

For a while hotels have been asking you to help them save the environment. A recent Westin I stayed at took this to a whole new level, and there were little cards around the room to help me understand how I was helping. Examples (my paraphrasing): "If you want to…

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Welcome to the People's Republic of JPMorgan

"JPMorgan" is a registered trademark of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Sorry for starting with a legal disclaimer, but you'll see why in a minute. You may recall that 18 months ago Greg Papadopoulos and I published a book called Citizen Engineer, where we tried to help engineers understand key topics…

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Two Reasons Why Carbon Management Software is Not the Next Big Thing

In my experience Chris Mines at Forrester is the top analyst covering the green enterprise, but I think he's slightly off the mark on his latest article "Five Reasons Why Carbon Management Software is the Next Big Thing". Before I talk about where he's wrong, let me say that he's…

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The EPA Turns to Bridge Burning

Over my years as Sustainability Officer at Sun I've publicly given lots of credit to the EPA, primarily for their world-leading Energy Star program and for the excellent Climate Leaders program. Boy, do I feel foolish now. First, in my eyes they tarnished their crown jewel, Energy Star, with the…

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Expense Tool Done Right

Yesterday I went looking for a simple tool to do expense tracking while I travel around, and found a great fit in Xpenser. You can post expenses over IM, SMS, email and through the web. When using email you can even attach a photo of the receipt, presumably taken with…

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Prepare to be Inventoried

In our eco team at Sun we are faced with a wave of new external environmental reporting, monitoring, and measurement requirements. We're big on transparency, but the costs and implied morality are getting to be a drag. One example. Everyone wanted a price on carbon so that it was built…

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