Resources

Are you interested in learning more about sustainable business practices? Check out the growing list of resources below. And if you have resources to share, please contact us.

TBL:  The Triple Bottom Line

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Wikipedia: The Triple Bottom Line
A good summary, the history, and even a helpful critique of the TBL.

The Responsibility Revolution
Consumer demand is calling for social and environmental responsibility in business. Many businesses doing so are doing well by doing good.
Richard Stengel for Time Magazine

Sustainability Inventory, City of Ashland Planning Commission
This non-exclusive list of businesses, organizations and individuals involved in sustainability-oriented  practices was personally compiled by Melanie Mindlen, member of the Ashland Planning Commission.

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The Triple Bottom Line
A former partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Savitz helped define the Triple Bottom Line as a formal way of measuring businesses. An excellent first book on the subject.
Andrew Savitz

Green to Gold
The authors are a Yale professor and a consultant. They offer a very clear roadmap for implementing sustainability practices in a company. Their work has usually involved larger corporations, but their formula is easily adaptable to small firms as well. TBL 21 uses their model extensively.
Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston

The Natural Step for Business
This book is more of a framework for thinking about sustainability in very fundamental terms; yet it includes many compelling examples of on-the-ground successful applications of the authors' approach.
Brian Nattress and Mary Altomare

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
This book addresses the creation of green jobs, especially for inner city young people and people with a high school diploma or community college degree. Jones makes a strong case that the majority of the green jobs will be like that, so the green movement can address people's lives, the environment and the economy. A great example of the triple bottom line.
Van Jones


People:  Meaningful Employment

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The Triple Bottom Line
Bringing the most value to both the company and the community can also bring tough decisions for a business. Still, investment in social responsibility ends up improving employee, supplier, customer and even community relationships as well business performance.
Sandie Taylor, McCombs School of Business Magazine
University of Texas at Austin

EBRI: Employee Benefit Research Institute
EBRI contributes to the development of sound employee benefit programs and sound public policy through objective research and education. Investigate employee benefits usual for your industry.

Employee Ownership and Corporate Performance
NCEO, the National Center for Employee Ownership shares research about employee ownership and corporate performance that comes to a very definite conclusion: the combination of ownership and participative management is a powerful competitive tool.
 

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Joy At Work, A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job
The author "offers a model for the 21st Century business that treats its people with respect, gives them unprecedented responsibility, and holds them strictly accountable, because it's the right thing to do, not just because it makes good business sense."
Dennis Bakke
 

Planet:  Healthy Environment

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Drive Less. Save More. 
Discover options for saving car trips in Oregon and SW Washington. Save wear and tear on you, your wallet and the planet.

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Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things
The authors map out a new design paradigm, offering practical steps on how to innovate within today's economic environment. Part social history, part green business primer, part design manual, the book makes plain that the re-invention of human industry is not only within our grasp, it is our best hope for a future of sustaining prosperity.
William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Blessed Unrest, How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being
and Why No One Saw It Coming

The author, a well-known leader in environmental stewardship and social justice, explores the ideas, strategies and history of the largest movement in the world: sustainability.
Paul Hawken


Profit:  Economic Prosperity

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Engaging Consumers to Green Up Their Act
Involving shoppers in environmental activities and corporate social responsibility serves multiple business goals, including financial performance.
Melissa Schweisguth