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Book Excerpt: The Nature of Business by Giles Hutchins

Image-front-cover_coverbookpageNature has already shown us the way to solve many human problems, from deciphering simple engineering puzzles to unlocking the mysteries of flight. In The Nature of Business, author Giles Hutchins makes a compelling case for applying the same principles of biomimicry to the development of a new business paradigm. He demonstrates clearly how behaviors and organizations found in nature can be applied to help companies flourish in chaotic and uncertain times.

Eclipsing current approaches to responsible and green business, Hutchins’ focus is on the emergence of new ways of operating and creating value in an increasingly volatile and interconnected world. He presents the challenges to the prevailing “business as usual” model, explains the pressing need for transformational change, and reveals the concepts and mindsets necessary to inspire the businesses of tomorrow, including:

  • Resilience
  • Optimization and adaptation
  • Systems integration
  • Values-based navigation and life-building activities.

Showcasing the pioneers of the new paradigm through a multitude of examples and case studies, The Nature of Businesspresents the tools and techniques required to effect the transformation to an organization fit for purpose, fit for the future, and inspired by nature.

More information about this book can be found by clicking –> HERE.  Below is an excerpt from the book. Continue reading

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The Top 10 Sustainability Books of the Year

green-leavesThe results are in!  The best Sustainability Books of the past year (as voted by you)

1.  Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

2.  Ecological Economics: An Introduction

3.  Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet

4.  Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose–Doing Business by Respecting the Earth

5.  Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America, Release 2.0

6.  Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

7.  The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience (Transition Guides)

8.  When the Rivers Run Dry: Water–The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century

9.  Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

10. Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts (Business)

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Vote for the best Sustainability Book of 2012

It is that time of year – time to vote for your favorite book about sustainability for 2012.

Voting closes March 31st.  Rankings released on April 1st.

Help us spread the word on twitter – tweet this —->  Vote for your favorite book about #Sustainability of 2012 #green #csr #environment

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September Book Review: Brewing Change, Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Written by Rick Peyser and Bill Mares, with foreword by Bob Stiller

Authors’ and publisher donations benefit Food 4 Farmers

SHELBURNE, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rick Peyser, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ (GMCR) Director of Social Advocacy and Community Outreach, was swayed by running partner and co-author Bill Mares to tell the story of Peyser’s personal journey and quiet crusade to help change the world of coffee.

Their book, Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
, is the inspiring result of those frequent runs and steady conversations. Brewing Change chronicles Peyser’s 24-year career with an insider’s view of GMCR, one of the largest specialty coffee companies and purchasers of certified Fair Trade coffee in the world. Brewing Change is part travelogue, part social commentary, and part motivating business model for building corporate social responsibility. Continue reading

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Top 10 Sustainability Books of 2011

  1. Green Project Management
  2. Cradle to Cradle
  3. Green to Gold
  4. Confessions of a Radical Industrialist
  5. Necessary Revolution
  6. Hot, Flat, and Crowded
  7. When the Rivers Run Dry
  8. Mid-Course Correction
  9. The Sustainability Revolution
  10. Energy Systems Engineering


The results are in!  These are the Top 10 Books on Sustainability for 2011 as voted by you.  Thanks to everyone who participated. Continue reading

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Top 20 Books on Sustainability

The results are in!  Click here to see the Top 10 Sustainability Books for 2011.

Here are the top sustainability books for 2010 as ranked by the blog readers of CaelusGreenRoom.

#1 – Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America (Thomas Friedman)

Thomas L. Friedman’s phenomenal number-one bestsellerThe World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see the world in a new way. In his brilliant, essential new book, Friedman takes a fresh and provocative look at two of the biggest challenges we face today: America’s surprising loss of focus and national purpose since 9/11; and the global environmental crisis, which is affecting everything from food to fuel to forests. In this groundbreaking account of where we stand now, he shows us how the solutions to these two big problems are linked–how we can restore the world and revive America at the same time. Continue reading

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Is it time to Green Your Home?

If you enjoy our tips for Greening Your Home, you’ll love our book!  The Ultimate guide to Greening Your Home contains over 300 Home Greening Tips that cover over 40 home categories. 

A green home is energy-efficient, uses water and natural resources wisely, creates minimal amounts of waste and provides a healthy and safe environment for your family.

The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to best green your home. The purpose of this guide is to provide you with all the critical information you will need in order to make your home a greener place to live. Continue reading

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