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'I have thumbed through [The Business Guide to Sustainability] so much the binding has disintegrated.' Rich Carlson, founder, Viridian Advisors 'If you want your business to be part of the green-is-sexy movement and aren't quite sure how to get there, then this guide should be on the top of your business book stack' Sustainable Industries Journal 'Clear/concise and laid out in a way that made real sense. The way the chapters were structured (into the functions and sectors) was particularly helpful.' Jacqueline Drumheller, Alaska Airlines 'An indispensable business guide that will serve as the fundamental tool in addressing the beginning of the Sustainability Revolution!' Keith H. Whitworth, Ph.D., Texas Christian University, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, & Anthropology 'Many organizations have made some progress toward more sustainable practices but don't know where to go next. SCORE is an excellent, systematic process for establishing where you are and where you need to go to become more sustainable.' Ned Tillman, Chair, Environmental Sustainability Board, Howard County, Maryland 'Provides a clear methodology on how to take the first steps down the path toward being a sustainable business.' Marco Mazzoni, Bainbridge Graduate Institute's MBA in Sustainable Business. 'At last a business guide that's really about Business and a sustainability guide that's really about Sustainability. In this book, Hitchcock and Willard cut through the polarizing debates and the all or nothing arguments with a stepwise approach that clearly articulates how businesses can improve their performance without it being at the expense of those around them.' Christopher Sheldon, co-author of Environmental Management Systems (3rd edition) 'At a time when 'big' business is beginning to mean 'sustainable' business, small businesses can easily get left out.�Hitchcock and Willard have filled this vital gap admirably. This is a practical guide, dotted with heartening examples, of helping small businesses to adopt their sustainability mantles. An optimistic read.' Tim O'Riordan, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK 'People are frequently frustrated by the process of applying the broad, theoretical concept of sustainability to concrete and practical applications. Hitchcock and Willard are uniquely skilled at helping organizations translate vision into action. They make sustainability accessible and understand how to leverage organizational dynamics to make a journey to sustainability possible.' Rick Woodward, Corporate Director of Operations and Sustainability, Coastwide Laboratories, USA

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Darcy Hitchcock and Marsha Willard are experts in implementing sustainable business practices with a gift for making this abstract and technical topic easy to understand. They have written several other popular business books on related topics as well as countless articles. Their firm, AXIS Performance Advisors, is based in Portland, Oregon, a hotbed of sustainability-related activity. They designed and ran an 8-course Implementing Sustainability certificate programme with Portland State University and publish the Sustainability Series�, a set of practical how-to booklets. They also act as senior associates for the Zero Waste Alliance, leading their sustainability assessment programme. They are both on the faculty for Bainbridge Graduate Institute's MBA in Sustainable Business and the executive management team for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.For more information, please go to

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Serious business libraries and management-level readers interested in sustainability will relish it. 12 Mar 2007
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THE BUSINESS GUIDE TO SUSTAINABILITY: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES AND TOOLS FOR ORGANIZATIONS addresses a myriad of issues, from tools and frameworks to common practices and how average individuals can help move an organizational structure towards sustainable practices. Chapters range from operating a building efficiently to handling senior management and government agencies. Serious business libraries and management-level readers interested in sustainability will relish it.

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