sustainability consulting

We all know what we need to do to make our companies more environmentally friendly: use less energy, water, and paper, travel less and make less garbage. But yeah, it’s easier said than done, especially if you’re in a carbon intensive business like manufacturing or energy production.

What’s the company without a lot of time or expertise to do? Well, hire someone, of course! Who do you hire, and how do you know what to look for? Here’s the lowdown on the biggest and smallest players in the newest consulting game and how to separate the wheat from the formerly-unemployed-newly-rebranded “Sustainability Consultant.”

First, you need to know what you are looking for. Different consultants have different kinds of expertise:

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Beyond Lighting Retrofits: Grainger Helps Companies and Institutions Embrace Sustainability

Grainger has actively worked to increase the efficiency and sustainability of its own operations by investing in LEED certified facilities, building out sustainable…
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6 Laws of Green Marketing

As standards become more well-defined and consumers demand more transparency, companies are increasingly in need of the skills to, first of all, begin…
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Climate Change & the Future – When You Know Trouble is Coming

By: Brian Thomas Most of us greet news of a looming threat with skepticism. “Show me” is the usual reaction. We are like…
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Q&A: Sustainability in the Spice Business

[Hub Stories]: Q & A with The Curator of Spices [Name]: Chris Pemberton [Areas of Expertise]: Cooking, International Development, Sustainability Consulting, Green Technology…
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A Small Green Business Take on Prop 23

Jaime Nack explains that although some may consider the Proposition 23 vote a debate over the issues, it seems instead to be a…
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Sustainability Spawns New Trends in Consulting

With two factors at play - an economy trending toward freelancers and consultants and the heightened need for qualified specialists to carry out…
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What’s It Like To Be a Sustainability Consultant? Interview With Julie Menter

By Matthew Savage I recently interviewed Julie Menter, senior consultant at Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting. Blu Skye is a strategy consulting firm dedicated…

USEPA Is Back. Will New Regulations Be Cost Burden or Strategic Advantage?

Image credit:Processing Magazine Operators of energy-intensive US industrial facilities, having benefited from years of USEPA ‘enforcement light,’ now face an old-fashioned onslaught of…

Building a Path to Sustainable Products

by Kelly Flores Making your products “sustainable” is no easy task. There are a variety of issues for product managers, designers, and engineers…

NGOs: Friend or Foe to Business & Sustainability?

By Vijay Kanal, CMC, Kanal Consulting NGOs, or Non Government Organizations, have long been known for promoting socially responsible activities and engaging in…
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Engaging Employees in Sustainability

By Kelly Flores, Kanal Consulting It’s quite possible that if you don’t have a sustainability program in your company, you probably do and…

Got Manure? You’ve Got Renewable Energy

By Ryan Young, Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting There is no need to wait millions of years for deceased organisms to compress into fossil…
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Sustainability Change Agent: Three Tips for Changing the World

I had the pleasure of attending Sustainable Silicon Valley‘s (SSV) two-day Sustainability Change Agent Training with Alan AtKisson, November 16th and 17th. It…
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The Sustainability Management Maturity Model: Version 2.0

As Geoff Barneby noted in his earlier post Doing the Right Thing in Business: Are You Doing it Right?, several critical questions must…

Avoiding COP15 Burnout with “Expectation Management”

“Climate change and climate policy in Europe and the U.S. – Opportunities and Challenges in the Run-up to the Copenhagen Summit and beyond”…