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Some more news titbits…
  • Great quote on the business benefits of being socially responsible: ‘Organisations with social purpose written into their business models already exist and their leaders are acting and adapting fast. Among other things their businesses remain relevant, competitive, engaged with their communities, and open to new markets and consumer bases.’ Silvia Giovannoni @ Guardian: http://bit.ly/zohThG
  • Sobering article on the scale and health implications of the air pollution in China: http://bit.ly/FPKtae
  • Good Jonathon Porrit article on harnessing the power of brands to change & normalise sustainable behaviours: http://bit.ly/z9uK8J
  • Gutted that plans to ban fishing discards are under threat – fingers crossed for Monday… http://bit.ly/y0yGmI
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Some interesting news stories that caught my eye recently… Enjoy!

  • Don’t sling it – refurb it. Discarded household products such as vacuum cleaners get a new lease of life w/ Electrofarm http://bit.ly/yRjNZM
  • Win:Win – paper shows its poss to simultaneously mitigate near-Term climate change & improve health & food security: http://bit.ly/yywvGg
  • Ducking good idea: Ducks replace paddy-field pesticides: They feed on insects & weeds, not rice & poo is fab fertiliser: http://bit.ly/xiPphN
  • Study finds organic farming in India provide 30% more jobs than non-organic farming & can increase income by about 250% http://bit.ly/AlzptH
  • Go Croydon NHS! Croydon Health Services pays £24k to get Burger King out of hospital: http://bit.ly/zJNzyS
  • Scientists link mass death of British bees to farm pesticides: http://bit.ly/yPfOYG
  • India to open up its retail sector to foreign brands after all: http://on.ft.com/FOUKUs
  • McDonald’s to give away books with UK Happy Meals making them briefly the nations biggest book retailer: http://tgr.ph/x4CxTT
  • Hospital Patients fed on £2.57 a day – shocking when nutrition is so vital when unwell: http://tgr.ph/zrgEFX
  • A chilling article by George Monbiot on some undemocratic goings on in British government: http://bit.ly/Adv7Uu
  • An interesting way to make use of old aircraft – turn them into hotel rooms! http://bit.ly/xIqaU6
  • M&S gives strawberries longer life with new packaging innovation http://bit.ly/x9f3hg
Ed and his new car

Ed and his new car

A selection of fun stuff and interesting new stories from the last few weeks. Merry Christmas everyone!

  •  Just spotted that Oxfam’s ethical collection has a 50% off sale in case anyone is looking for last minute pressies… http://bit.ly/t5IGmE. Also love Oxfam Unwrapped http://bit.ly/rGV0e7 & Save the Children’s Wishlist http://bit.ly/sSPfYg for planet & people friendly pressies. And, in a shamless plug, Climb the Green Ladder makes an EXCELLENT gift of course ;o)
  •  Hooray! Sales of ‘ethical’ goods & services – from produce to transport & funerals – rose by 9% says Co-op http://bit.ly/uBNaVs
  •  Excited that an eco-conceirge service I bought for my brother-in-law’s b-day led to him saving tonnes of cash & carbon! Can’t believe this car-loving carnivore now says: ‘I am now a salad munching ecocrusader in my Audi A1’ – You rock Ed – keep it up! http://bit.ly/u2qnFa
  •  Giving employees targets + letting them set own schedule makes them happier 🙂 but no info in the article on how it affects productivity which would have been helpful… http://bit.ly/uViQn6
  •  Durban round up by Reuters:http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/11/us-climate-deal-idUSTRE7BA07F20111211
  •  Heartening bbc article on why some wealthy individuals are choosing philanthropy over splashing their cashhttp://bbc.in/ue5wdG
  •  Met Office warns of UK climate risks http://gu.com/p/33pgf/tf
  •  Foreign investors might not be able to enter India’s retail sector after all to relief of small business owners http://thetim.es/vqRuU5 – heartening follow up to an article I blogged about last time.
  • http://www.peoplefund.it = an awesome idea! A website from the RiverCottage bods where people with green projects can raise awareness and funds.

I’ll be back with another round up in 2 weeks time. Have a happy and healthy December until then!

Amy

Some noteworthy news stories that caught my eye in the last week:

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SHE Show 7 June 2011

Visit the SHE Show to hear Amy outline the key tools you can use to set your organisation on to a more successful and sustainable path while getting ahead in your career too. Find out more here.

Good Planet Radio logoWant some top tips on how to green your company and get ahead in your career, and hear the story behind Climb the Green Ladder?

Then check out this interview with Shari and I on Good Planet Radio, which was broadcast on Thurs 15 April.

Listen now: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/planetgood/2010/04/15/climbing-the-green-ladder

Podcast summary: After conducting research with over 80 sustainability specialists Amy Fetzer and Shari Aaron have gathered the common 6 principles that all successful sustainability strategies use. These strategies are available in great detail in their new book: “Climb The Green Ladder: Make Your Company and Career More Sustainable”. Tune to hear about a preview of the strategies as well as Amy and Shari’s experiences and advice on how to make your company more sustainable.

NYC launch event, 21 January

I am delighted to report that the NYC launch event, 21 of January, was very exciting and a tremendous success!

This event focused on how sustainability provides a leadership advantage for women. The conversation was led by senior level women who have made tremendous strides in spearheading effective sustainability programs. Speakers included (as pictured left to right), Eleni Reed, Director, Sustainability Strategies, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., and me, Shari Aaron, Co-Author Climb the Green Ladder, Natalia Oberti Noguera, Executive Director of NY Women Social Entrepreneurs, Tensie Whelan, President, Rainforest Alliance and Maria Figueroa Kupcu, Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practice, Brunswick Group.

According to Holly Perlowitz, a senior banking professional based in the New York area, “Gathering with Shari Aaron and other women focused on sustainability was inspiring and reminded me that grassroots efforts matter and committing oneself to carrying the message can start in our homes and our places of business – but it just has to start!”

A special thanks to Double Knot for hosting such a lively event!

Amy also enjoyed speaking at the These Young Minds conference on the 26th of January and got some great feedback from the organizers. Alim Abubakre, Founder, These Young Minds, offered these complimentary words: “Amy Fetzer, is an inspiring, remarkable and unparalleled speaker. Having a personality like Amy speak at an event is what any audience needs to be fulfilled.”

Amy also was welcomed into Commerical’s offices in the UK last week to do a workshop on sustainability. Simon Graham compliments included: “Amy’s work is inspirational. We had the privilege of her presenting one of our Green Ambassador seminars and she is as great a speaker as she is an author. The audience went away with a new vision and energised to do more to Climb the Green Ladder.”

We have such a great week talking about the book and getting people’s feedback. Many thanks to those who participated in our events and we look forward to seeing more of you at other events soon!

Shari

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