I am in need of case study information of business that have gone green and have shown an increase in revenues and savings. Preferably information in the education, hotel, medical and food sectors. I am leading the intitiative at my school to become certified green. My bosses want bottom-line figures. They want to know how can we profit by becoming certified? Can you please send me or direct me to any pertinent information I can present? Including maybe some graphs and charts?
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As a start, you might want to check out this site- lots of references and links http://www.greenbiz.com/; also Joel Makower's blog at the site. and The State of Green Business 2008: http://www.stateofgreenbusiness.com/ Another helpful site is BALLE at http://www.livingeconomies.org/ . Many business magazines have covered the eco-buzz and green trends, sustainability push among businesses: Fortune article Apr 2007: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/04/02/toc.html Also see US Green Building Council site on LEED Certs: http://www.usgbc.org/
A few years ago Victorian organisations licensed by the Victorian EPA had to achieve certain energy and greenhouse emission targets. Sustainability Victoria produced an "Energy and Greenhouse Management Toolkit to assist industry and government departments in achieving energy and greenhouse savings.. You can download the Toolkit from our web site at the following address: http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/www/html/1938-energy-and-greenhouse-management-toolkit.asp?intSiteID=4 The Toolkit consists of 7 modules. The first 4 modules outline what the affected organisations had to achieve and how to go about reaching the target.. Module 5 contains an Appendix with numerous Case Studies about businesses that have taken action to become more sustainable and the results they have achieved. Module 6 contains information about financial analysis and Module 7 provides information about other organisations that may be able to assist the participants. You may find some useful information and case studies in Module 5. Good luck with your program.
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The opinions (and studies) about the effects of CSR are various. Some claim there are benefits, some say there are non. David Vogel in his book The Market For Virtue concludes that all the studies don't proof that there is a business case for virtue but neither that there isn't a business case for it. One study showed that the Wall Mart share would be much higher if they would be as sustainable as their competitor (unfortunately I can't find the source of this study, and it was taken about 2 years ago). Maybe the article Strategic Thinking in Green Bizz will help you. http://www.greenbiz.com/news/columns_third.cfm?NewsID=55697 I personally believe that we all have to go green. Also if the profit will go down.
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It's worth checking out Environment Canada's Success Stories web site www.ec.gc.ca/pp This web site has numerous success stories from university's, hospitals, and hotel/accommodations - each implemented pollution prevention and achieved economic, environmental, and social benefits and it's all documented in the stories. Contact names are provided for each story as well should you wish to ask specific details about their projects.
University of British Columbia - http://ec.gc.ca/pp/en/storyoutput.cfm?storyid=69
Mount Alison University - http://ec.gc.ca/pp/en/storyoutput.cfm?storyid=101
University of Alberta Hospitals - http://ec.gc.ca/pp/en/storyoutput.cfm?storyid=86
Hilton Bonaventure - http://ec.gc.ca/pp/en/storyoutput.cfm?storyid=38
Aurum Lodge - http://ec.gc.ca/pp/en/storyoutput.cfm?storyid=127 Chanterelle
Country Inn and Cottage - http://ec.gc.ca/pp/en/storyoutput.cfm?storyid=131
Fairmont Lake Louise - http://ec.gc.ca/pp/en/storyoutput.cfm?storyid=123
Northumberland Hills Hospital - http://ec.gc.ca/pp/en/storyoutput.cfm?storyid=118
Other resources: Every Drop Counts!: A Speaker's Kit on Water Conservation and Water Efficiency This speaker's kit is a public education tool designed to provide teachers, community groups, managers, and others with material they can use to present on the topic of water conservation and efficiency. http://www.ec.gc.ca/cppic/En/refView.cfm?refId=1974
Pollution Prevention Presentation This presentation was delivered to NPRI reporters to help them report better however slides 36 and 37 of the presentation could be adapted to a presentation you make to your senior managers. http://www.ec.gc.ca/pdb/npri/documents/ToolBox/docs/nprip2_e.pdf
Eco-Efficiency: Good Business Sense It explains why a business would want to practice eco-efficiency and then provides the basic steps to get started. In addition, four case studies are included that highlight the eco-efficiency initiatives of four different Canadian businesses. http://www.ec.gc.ca/cppic/En/refView.cfm?refId=1529
Ontario EcoSchools They may have some information on schools that have particiated in the program http://www.ec.gc.ca/cppic/En/refView.cfm?refId=1724
Regulatory Innovation and Management Systems
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Environment Canada/Environnement Canada
This is a link to a hotel here in Kingston that has seen savings from installing solar hot water heating technology.
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Some examples are available at: www.resourceventure.org/case-studies
I recommend contacting your local utilities (water, sewer, garbage, electricity/gas) to see what kinds of incentives and technical assistance they offer.