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VBIC is a collection of electronic and print business resources intended to provide research assistance to the Robert H. Smith School of Business and general users seeking authoritative business information. The VBIC site includes links to Internet resources with substantial free offerings, fee-based commercial databases that are available to University of Maryland faculty, students and staff through the University of Maryland libraries as well as some print sources available in the University of Maryland Libraries.
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Through a mixture of innovation and regulation, a future is being mapped out free of carbon and pollutants. The consequences of these changes could be as far-reaching as those triggered in the last 25 years by the web. Just as many winners and losers are likely to be created by the squeeze on carbon and the growth of clean technologies. Designed for a wide management audience, Clean Tech, Clean Profits provides a practical guide to how organizations can re-think their operations, develop an innovative response, commercialize clean technologies and improve their efficiency. Its emphasis is on the specific steps that can be taken now in reviewing options, drawing up plans, upgrading a process, writing a specification or making an investment.
Fundamentals of Sustainable Business begins by briefly describing the legacy of environmental and social problems that have arisen as a result of conventional business practices, and then details the coalescence of a broad-based contemporary movement that has been called "The Next Industrial Revolution". Combining the long-term interests of business, community, and the natural world, the resulting sustainable business reformation is unlike any previous human endeavor.The book deftly synthesizes a diverse collection of movement components, including some original concepts, and provides a single comprehensive and definitive source for understanding the emerging and complex phenomenon of sustainable business. This work challenges many long-held conventional assumptions involving the relationship of the natural world and humankind as well as our fundamental approaches to industrial production. It critiques the various emerging brands of sustainable business activities, and provides the reader with a clear understanding of the essential design components of a movement that provides a conceptual infrastructure for a prosperous and healthy world for all generations of all species for all time.
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Are profits and sustainability compatible? This book brings unique perspectives to this key debate by exploring the history of green entrepreneurship since the nineteenth century, and its spread globally in industries including renewable energy, organic food, natural beauty, ecotourism, recycling, architecture, and finance. The book uses the lens of the extraordinary and often eccentric men and women who defied convention and imagined that business could help save the planet, rather than consume it. The social and religious beliefs that drove many of these individuals are explored as the book looks at how they overcame huge obstacles to execute their strategies. The green entrepreneurs seen here are shown to have created new markets and industries, and driven innovations in sustainable practices, even at times when most consumers and governments marginalized the entire subject. The struggles of early pioneers appear to have been rewarded by the growth of environmental awareness among consumers, business leaders, and others in recent years, but the Earth's environmental health continues to deteriorate. If profits and sustainability have proved challenging to reconcile, this book argues that one reason was how they were both defined.
Sustainability is now the greatest business imperative, yet how do you actually develop and implement a sustainability plan if you aren't an expert? From the authors of the award-winning handbook The Business Guide to Sustainability comes this highly practical guide to designing and implementing a customized sustainability plan in any business, organization or government department of any type and scale.This step-by-step guide explains how to create a sustainability plan and sustainability report. Each chapter has two vital sections. The first contains background reading, tips and case examples to help you be successful. The second presents a set of methods each with step-by-step instructions and a selection matrix to help choose the best methods. The book also contains sample worksheets and exercise materials that can be copied for organization-wide use.
Business and environmental sustainability are not natural bedfellows. Business is about making money; sustainability is about protecting the planet. Business is measured in months and quarters; sustainability often requires significant short term costs to secure a sometimes uncertain long-term benefit. To some activists, all executives are exploitative, selfish "1 percenters". To some executives, all activists are irresponsible, unyielding extremists. And yet engaging with the issue isn't optional - all businesses must have a strategy to deal with sustainability and, like any strategy, this involves making choices. Strategy and Sustainability encourages its readers to filter out the noise and make those choices in a hard-nosed and clear-eyed way. Rosenberg's nuanced and fact-based point of view recognizes the complexity of the issues at hand and the strategic choices businesses must make. He blends the work of some of the leading academic thinkers in the field with practical examples from a variety of business sectors and geographies and offers a framework with which Senior Management might engage with the topic, not (just) to save the planet but to fulfil their short, medium, and long-term responsibilities to shareholders and other stakeholders.
Examining the links between sustainable development, innovation strategy and the business model, this thought-provoking and timely book uses insightful case studies from mature and developing markets to demonstrate how sustainability needs to be at the core of every organization's strategy and innovation.