EcoManagement: The Elmwood Guide to Ecological Auditing and Sustainable Business

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The challenge of the '90s is to create sustainable societies in which business and government can satisfy our current needs without diminishing the prospects for future generations. Business managers today are seeking guidance in the new ways of thinking that are called for to meet this challenge. This book takes a major step in that direction by helping business people identify what can be done to reduce the impact of their companies on the environment. It shows how to systematically set priorities and create an action plan for implementing improvements. It will also help sell an impact reduction program to top management. In contrast to the current practice of "compliance auditing, " a process focused on meeting governmental regulations, this Elmwood Institute guide shows how to conduct an "eco-audit" - a complete examination of an organization in relation to its long-term ecological sustainability. Such an audit scrutinizes every aspect of the organization and its operations, including product design and manufacture, management techniques, corporate culture and goals. EcoManagement is the first book to provide a comprehensive and practical guide to the new era of business ecological responsibility. It features a framework for companies planning to design their own audits, and offers thirteen checklists to guide managers through the audit process, covering such topics as energy, materials, wastes, finance, marketing, transportation, and international business relations.
 

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Contents

Methods of Environmental and Ecological
17
Innovative EcoManagement Practices
31
EcoManagement
59
Managing the Change to an Ecologically
69
A Frame
91
Energy and Materials Inflows
97
Design Processing and Manufacturing
107
Sales Marketing Waste and Emission
119
Priorities and Action Plans
149
The Ecological Transformation
155
Appendix B The CERES Principles
161
Index
171
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About the author (1993)

Ernest Callenbach is the author of the environmental classic, Ecotopia, and many articles on a sustainable future.
Fritjof Capra, Ph.D. physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, which is dedicated to promoting ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education. He serves on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in the United Kingdom.
Lenore Goldman consults on strategy, change, and impact. For over 20 years, she has worked with business, government, nonprofits, and multi-sector initiatives to find creative solutions to complex challenges. A seasoned facilitator, Lenore has helped build capacity and collaboration - changing policy and sustaining results.
Rudiger Lutz is the co-author of Ecologically Conscious Management in Germany and professor of design ecology at the Berlin Academy of Arts.
Sandra Marburg is a lecturer in environmental history and geography at UC Berkeley and Chabot College.

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