Sustainability

Sustainability: Good for the Planet, for Business, and for Scouting

At first glance, Knorr soup, Dove soap, Lipton tea, Hellman’s mayonnaise, and Dirt is Good laundry products seem to have little in common. But they share three important characteristics: They are part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living portfolio, they are the company’s biggest products, and they (along with Unilever’s other sustainable brands) delivered nearly half the…

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Touching the Elephant of Sustainability

A familiar parable from the Indian subcontinent describes a group of blind men examining an elephant. One man touches the elephant’s tail and thinks it’s like a rope. Another touches the elephant’s side and think it’s like a wall. The man who touches an ear imagines a huge hand fan. Feeling a leg convinces the…

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Moving From Wasteful to Zero Waste

Denise Coogan generates more trash at home each week than her entire office has generated in a dozen years. And her office isn’t some eco-friendly coffee shop or organic farm. Instead, it’s Subaru’s 3.8-million-square-foot assembly plant in Lafayette, Ind. The plant and its 3,700 workers produce 300,000 vehicles a year but virtually no waste. In…

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A New Certification Program Supports Organic Farmers in Training

Walk down the natural-foods aisle at your favorite supermarket, and you’ll see labels touting all sorts of promises: Fair Trade, sustainably grown, natural, free range, heart healthy, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, no artificial anything, Certified Organic, and Certified Transitional. Certified what? Certified Transitional is a new accreditation protocol dreamed up by Kashi to help farmers transition…

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How Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Is Embracing Sustainability

Ask a dozen people what sustainability means, and you’re liable to get a dozen difference answers—and each of them may be correct. That’s because sustainability is about a lot more than just recycling. Yes, it’s about saving the planet, but it’s also about taking care of people and making sure organizations have long-term viability. The…

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The Unintended Consequences of Sustainability

Just minutes after an event like the Super Bowl ends, sports fans can go online and order T-shirts emblazoned with the winning team’s logo. The same is true for the World Series and other major sporting events. Such instant gratification is possible only because vendors hedge their bets and order tens of thousands of T-shirts…

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Michigan Scout Council Launches Innovative Sustainable Farming Program

In 1921, when Rota Kiwan Scout Reservation opened near Kalamazoo, Mich., Boy Scouting offered merit badges in agriculture, beekeeping, botany, dairying, gardening, and poultry keeping. For many Scouts of the era, a trip to summer camp offered a welcome break from chores on the family farm. (In 1920, America had three times as many farms…

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See The Locally-Sourced Inspiration Behind This Council’s Unique Program

This article originally appeared on Scouting Wire. Story by Jane Parikh of the Michigan Crossroads Council Cub Scouts at Rota Kiwan Scout Reservation are sowing seeds for the future through their participation in a unique local food project this summer at camp. The Seed to Life program was developed by Megan Yankee, Marketing Innovations Manager…

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Scout Service Project Helps Bring Life Back to Chesapeake Bay

Since the nineteenth century, Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population has plummeted to perhaps 1 percent of its historic levels. A harvest that once numbered in the millions of bushels has been reduced to a few thousand bushels per year. Of course, that precipitous decline is a problem for people whose livelihoods depend on oysters, as well…

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Counting the Cost of Embracing Sustainability

Most people—and virtually all business owners—have heard Titus Maccius Plautus’s maxim, “You must spend money to make money.” Less familiar is the maxim’s sustainability corollary: “You must spend money to save money.” While it doesn’t cost anything to recycle, adjust your thermostat, or commute by bike instead of car, many sustainability actions come with a…

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