EcoManagement

Ernest Callenbach (Author) | Fritjof Capra (Author) | Lenore Goldman (Author) | Rudiger Lutz (Author) | Sandra Marburg (Author)

Publication date: 08/01/1993

EcoManagement

Business people need help reducing the impact of their companies on the environment. This book will help them identify what can be done, systematically set priorities, and create an action plan for implementing improvements. It will also help them sell an impact reduction program to their 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.

This book provides a comprehensive framework for companies that need to design their own audits. In addition, a set of thirteen checklists guide managers through the audit process, covering such topics as energy, materials, wastes, finance, marketing, transportation, and international business relations.

Business people need help reducing the impact of their companies on the environment. This book will help them identify what can be done, systematically set priorities, and create an action plan for implementing improvements. It will also help them sell an impact reduction program to their 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.

This book provides a comprehensive framework for companies that need to design their own audits. In addition, a set of thirteen checklists guide managers through the audit process, covering such topics as energy, materials, wastes, finance, marketing, transportation, and international business relations.

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Business people need help reducing the impact of their companies on the environment. This book will help them identify what can be done, systematically set priorities, and create an action plan for implementing improvements. It will also help them sell an impact reduction program to their 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.

This book provides a comprehensive framework for companies that need to design their own audits. In addition, a set of thirteen checklists guide managers through the audit process, covering such topics as energy, materials, wastes, finance, marketing, transportation, and international business relations.

Business people need help reducing the impact of their companies on the environment. This book will help them identify what can be done, systematically set priorities, and create an action plan for implementing improvements. It will also help them sell an impact reduction program to their 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.

This book provides a comprehensive framework for companies that need to design their own audits. In addition, a set of thirteen checklists guide managers through the audit process, covering such topics as energy, materials, wastes, finance, marketing, transportation, and international business relations.

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Ernest Callenbach


Visit Author Page - Fritjof Capra

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. 

After receiving his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Vienna in 1966, Capra did research in particle physics at the University of Paris (1966–68), the University of California at Santa Cruz (1968–70), the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (1970), Imperial College, University of London (1971–74), and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California (1975–88). 

In addition to his research in physics and systems theory, Capra has been engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science for the past forty years. His books on this subject have been acclaimed internationally, and he has lectured widely to lay and professional audiences in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Capra is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), The Web of Life (1996), The Hidden Connections (2002), and The Science of Leonardo (2007). He has been the focus of more than fifty television interviews, documentaries, and talk shows in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Argentina, and Japan, and has been featured in major newspapers and magazines internationally. He was the first subject of the BBC’s documentary series Beautiful Minds (2002). 

Capra holds an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Plymouth and is the recipient of many other awards, including the Gold Medal of the UK Systems Society, the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity from the Media Ecology Association, the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, the Leonardo da Vinci Medallion of Honor from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona, the Bioneers Award, the New Dimensions Broadcaster Award, and the American Book Award. Fritjof Capra lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter. 

www.fritjofcapra.net



Visit Author Page - Lenore Goldman

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.

Several projects in social, environmental and collective impact have garnered recognition for innovation. Clients include the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Esprit, Roots of Change Fund, Earth Island Institute, Unviersity of Caifornia at Berkeley, Saint Francis Foundation, Equal Rights Advocates, Intel, Santa Fe Arts Commission, Foundation in Support of Local Democracy, World Wildlife Fund, Kaiser Permanente, and Nissan-Europe. 



Visit Author Page - Rudiger Lutz


Visit Author Page - Sandra Marburg

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Table of Contents

Contents
Part I: The Concept and Development of EcoManagement
1. Trends Toward Ecologically Conscious Management
2. Methods of Environmental Auditing
3. Innovative EcoManagement Practices and Programs Worldwide
4. The Paradigm Shift from Environmentalism to EcoManagement
Part II: Theory and Practice of EcoManagement
5. Managing the Change to an Ecologically Conscious Corporate Culture
6. The Company as a Living System: A Framework for Organizing EcoManagement
7. Energy and Materials Inflows
8. Design, Processing, and Manufacturing Operations
9. Sales, Marketing, Waste, and Emissions Outflows
10. Financial, Human Resource, and Other Support Structures
11. Getting Started: Priorities and Action Plans

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Endorsements

"A fundamental reconsideration of the way we do business and the way we interact with the natural environment. I recommend it to anyone interested in ecologically sound management."

-Paul Hawken, author of Growing a Business

"Precisely the sort of thought-provoking, pioneering work that we fans have come to expect from its distinguished authors."

-Dennis Hayes, Founder, Earth Day

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