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PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

Confessions of a Radical Industrialist - Ray C. Anderson
Story of how Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., a carpet manufacturer, turned his toxic, petroleum-based company into one of the most sustainable ones out there. Mr. Anderson makes the quintessential business case for sustainability: conserving natural resources improves your bottom line.
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things - William McDonough and Michael Braungart
Compelling book on the need to transform our one-way, "cradle to grave" manufacturing approach to one that is a neverending, closed loop where worn-out products and manufacturing by-products become "technical nutrients" for new manufactuing processes.
Green to Gold - Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston
Definitive book on the business case for sustainability, including lots of case studies and strategies for becoming a sustainable business.

REPORTS

Sustainability: The 'Embracers' Seize Advantage - MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group
Winter 2011 report on how companies that embrace sustainability and realizing competitive advantage.
State of Green Business 2011 - GreenBiz.com
Comprehensive report on the state of sustainability among businesses in the U.S.

ARTICLES

Corporate Water-Energy Footprint: Critical Work for Risk Management
Great article on the water-energy nexus and why every company should track and understand their water footprint.

WEBSITES

NATIONAL / GLOBAL

B Corporation
Quickly becoming the standard for companies looking to become certified as sustainable organizations, B Corporation maintains the rating system and certifies organizations that meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards.
The Carbon Disclosure Project
The only global climate change reporting organization, the Carbon Disclosure Project acts on behalf of institutional investors to provide annual reports on a variety of climate change issues related to business.
Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy Efficient Buildings
U.S. DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by Penn State University focused on improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions of new and existing buildings and stimulating private investment and quality job creation in the Greater Philadelphia region, the larger Mid Atlantic region, and beyond.
Grist
Online news, commentary and advice on everything from climate policy to energy efficiency technologies to urban agriculture.
The World Resources Institute
Global environmental think tank that focuses on project work in the areas of global climate change, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and environmentally responsible governance.
U.S. Green Building Council
National non-profit organization that developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system for green buildings. Their goal is to transform the marketplace so that green buildings are accessible to everyone within a generation.

LOCAL

GRID Magazine
Monthly publication devoted to sustainability issues in the greater Philadelphia area. (iSpring Principal, Samantha Wittchen, is a regular contributor, writing energy and recycling columns for GRID.)
Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network
The Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network (LVSN) brings together non-profit, governmental, private sector and community organizations and individuals in the Lehigh Valley region that are engaged in any aspect of sustainability. The Network serves as a platform for more effective means of collaboration and communication among the members of the vibrant Lehigh Valley sustainability community.
Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia
Non-profit organization devoted to providing Philadelphia area businesses with the resources to build a just, thriving and green economy in the region.

VIDEOS

The Story of Stuff
20-minute animated video about the lifecycle of everyday products (or "stuff") and how the way we produce "stuff" impacts our planet.
TED.com
TED.com grew out of the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference. The website has videos of TEDTalks on a range of topics, from science to music and sustainability to art. (Disclaimer: Make sure you have some free time before you visit this site. It may suck you in.)

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