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German Study Shows Expected Benefits from Fuel Cells for Home Heating and Power

German Study Shows Expected Benefits from Fuel Cells for Home Heating and Power | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Ecological and economic analysis of residential fuel cell systemsStudy confirms benefits of inno...

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To Succeed in Sales, Suspend Your Self-Interest

To Succeed in Sales, Suspend Your Self-Interest | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

Finally this article says what everyone should know about sale, but it's also valid both in the social media world and, of course, in the real life. Be a person who gives is always the best path to receive more in return, even if you do not expect that and it's not your goal. [note Martin Gysler]

 

 

Bob Burg, co-author of The Go-Giver, says high-pressure sales are the wrong way to go.

 

To many people, sales is a shady profession, predicated on shark-like closing techniques, manipulation, and shallow, transactional relationships. Bob Burg says that’s exactly the wrong approach. “Top salespeople, the best of the best, understand that when it comes to selling, it isn’t about them or their product or service. It’s about the other person and how they benefit from it,” he says. Burg, co-author (with John David Mann) of the bestselling The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea and their follow-up Go-Givers Sell More, admits his emphasis on the other person “sounds Pollyanna-ish.” But he’s convinced that a low-pressure – even no-pressure – approach will ultimately result in far more sales (not to mention greater career satisfaction for its practitioners).

 

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorieclark/2012/11/11/to-succeed-in-sales-suspend-your-self-interest/


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Visitors Impressed with Hands-On Learning | Capital Area Food Bank

Visitors Impressed with Hands-On Learning | Capital Area Food Bank | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
The Mildred J Brooks Learning Center and the Urban Demonstration Garden teach the community how to stretch food dollars through cooking and growing their own healthy food. Open House guests learned a lot during the ...

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Realtor pitches 'eco-districts' as a way to lure businesses downtown - Ottawa Citizen

Realtor pitches 'eco-districts' as a way to lure businesses downtown - Ottawa Citizen | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Realtor pitches 'eco-districts' as a way to lure businesses downtownOttawa CitizenIn Canada, Vancouver and Victoria are among the cities with areas considered eco-districts, according to the Portland Sustainability Institute.

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Citystates: How Cities are Vital to the Future of Sustainability | GreenBiz.com

Citystates: How Cities are Vital to the Future of Sustainability | GreenBiz.com | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

This report explores a new take on the concept of "citystates" and how the sustainability of cities and business are inextricably linked.

 

Produced in partnership with GreenBiz and sponsored by Ford Motor Company, the paper lays out seven characteristics or "states" for sustainable cities that can enable both cities and businesses serving them to flourish.

 

"The purpose of 'Citystates,' " say report authors Chris Guenther and Mohammed Al-Shawaf, "is to seed a dialogue, the central question of which is: How might business and others come together to strengthen and leverage the unique characteristics and advantages of cities to accelerate progress on sustainability?"

 

Click headline to read more, access hot link to the report and watch video--


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Powering the Future with Microbes - Harvard Crimson

Powering the Future with Microbes - Harvard Crimson | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Powering the Future with MicrobesHarvard CrimsonA key challenge we face as a species is generating enough energy to sustain and enhance our lives—and doing so in a way that can be relied on indefinitely.
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Re-Nuble Offers Odorless (!!) Organic Waste Recycling - CleanTechnica (blog)

Re-Nuble Offers Odorless (!!) Organic Waste Recycling - CleanTechnica (blog) | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Re-Nuble Offers Odorless (!!) Organic Waste RecyclingCleanTechnica (blog)Most people hear the word “recycle” and think of paper, plastic, or aluminum. What they don't always consider is organic waste recycling.
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Four Steps For Growing Sales Through Corporate Social Responsibility

Four Steps For Growing Sales Through Corporate Social Responsibility | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
How to grow sales with the 80% of consumers more likely to purchase a product that clearly demonstrates a company’s corporate social responsibility results.
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FEATURE: Why we need farming and forests in our cities

FEATURE: Why we need farming and forests in our cities | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
In the wake of the catastrophic damage inflicted on cities by Hurricane Sandy and other recent extreme weather events, Ir. Henk de Zeeuw, Senior Advisor, International Network of Resource centres on Urban Agriculture and ...

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Young Greeks Create Self-reliant Island Society

On the slopes of Mount Telaithrion on the island of Evia, a group of young Greeks have left the busy city and created a self-reliant rural community. Their g...

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Building a Wind-Centered Economy

Building a Wind-Centered Economy | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

In the race to transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy and avoid runaway climate change, wind has opened a wide lead on both solar and geothermal energy. Solar panels, with a capacity totaling 70,000 megawatts, and geothermal power plants, with a capacity of some 11,000 megawatts, are generating electricity around the world. The total capacity for the world’s wind farms, now generating power in about 80 countries, is near 240,000 megawatts. China and the United States are in the lead.

 

Editor's note: If you missed part 1 of this series, it's available here.

By Lester R. Brown


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Asia's newest megacity offers model for urban growth as populations swell worldwide

Asia's newest megacity offers model for urban growth as populations swell worldwide | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Nov 06, 2012 - Iskandar Malaysia, the first smart metropolis of Southeast Asia founded on principles of social integration as well as low carbon emissions thanks to a green economy and green technologies, is a p...


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More evidence of value of cogeneration during Sandy - Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production

More evidence of value of cogeneration during Sandy - Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

Proof of the vlaue of distributed energy : New York University was forced to cancel classes and its medical centre was subject to severe damage however the NYU’s main academic buildings were not flooded and a two year old natural gas fired cogeneration plant maintained continuous power to science and key administrative builidings.


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Focus on real effective closed-loop economy

Focus on real effective closed-loop economy | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
UK government-backed waste reduction program, WRAP, begins to promote more efficient use of natural resources for businesses.

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An urban farming revolution has transformed a former car park in ...

An urban farming revolution has transformed a former car park in ... | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
It helps that urban farming is becoming mainstream, and that they have a dedicated salesperson, but word of mouth has also been key. And not just from customers of the farmers' markets and delis that sell their produce.

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Getting to yes on the right kind of suburban change (by Lee Epstein) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Getting to yes on the right kind of suburban change (by Lee Epstein) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

Today’s article is by my friend Lee Epstein, an attorney and land use planner working for sustainability in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Lee’s last contribution here was “The fall - and rise - of small downtown America.”    Many of us...


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In 1999, 35 million small family plots produced 90% of Russia’s potatoes, 77% of vegetables, 87% of fruits, 59% of meat, 49% of milk — way to go, people!

In 1999, 35 million small family plots produced 90% of Russia’s potatoes, 77% of vegetables, 87% of fruits, 59% of meat, 49% of milk — way to go, people! | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
And since 1999, it seems things have only gotten better when it comes to small-scale agriculture in Russia.  In 2003 the Russian President signed into law a further “Private Garden Plot Act&#...

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New York's 1st Net Zero Energy School

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The first net zero energy school in New York State broke ground today; the school, located on a 3.5-acre site in Richmond, Staten Island, will be a 444-seat primary school.

 

Roger Duffy, FAIA, SOM Design Partner and head of the firm’s Education Lab called this project, “an extraordinary opportunity to help define the next generation of energy efficient school buildings for New York City and beyond.”
Bruce Barrett, Vice President of Architecture & Engineering described the intentions for this project: Using this unique project as a vehicle, the SCA (New York City School Construction Authority) will explore new and higher levels of sustainability by embarking on the construction of a Net Zero Energy School Building. Recognizing Mayor Bloomberg’s and New York City’s commitment to sustainability in general, and to energy conservation specifically, we have challenged ourselves to go beyond building code and design standards to realize innovative energy and carbon reductions exceeding our current achievements. We want to push the envelope on this advanced green project, which will be our ‘sustainability lab.’

 

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GlaxoSmithKline Rolls Out Inhaler Recycling Program - Earth911.com

GlaxoSmithKline Rolls Out Inhaler Recycling Program - Earth911.com | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, pollution prevention and how to help protect the environment.
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Recycling means saving a lot of money for associations - Sun-Sentinel Florida Panthers (blog)

Recycling means saving a lot of money for associations - Sun-Sentinel Florida Panthers (blog) | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Recycling means saving a lot of money for associationsSun-Sentinel Florida Panthers (blog)The Sun-Sentinel had an article about how recycling can benefit associations, not only because it's the responsible thing to do, but also because it brings in...
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The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behavior and Performance

The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behavior and Performance | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Corporate Sustainability not only means that you are an organization of tree huggers, it also means that you look for ways to further sustain your business as a whole. Sustainability in it’s ...

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Splitterwerk Architects Design World’s First Algae-Powered Building for Germany

Splitterwerk Architects Design World’s First Algae-Powered Building for Germany | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
Splitterwerk Architects have designed a building that, when completed, will be powered by algae bioreactors that capture and release energy.

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90pc of CFOs see link between sustainability and business performance – Deloitte

90pc of CFOs see link between sustainability and business performance – Deloitte | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

Some nine out of ten CFOs believe there is a direct link between sustainability programmes and business performance according to the Deloitte Q2 2012 CFO Survey.

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Modular Passiv-Haus Concept Offers Customizable, Net-Zero Home

Modular Passiv-Haus Concept Offers Customizable, Net-Zero Home | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it
This prefab concept house, Mini40, comes out of Austria and has a slant towards the increasingly popular Passiv-Haus design method, which promotes a very tight and low-energy design. Hailing from I...

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Sustainability: Why CFOs Are Driving Savings and Strategy - Deloitte CFO - WSJ

Sustainability: Why CFOs Are Driving Savings and Strategy - Deloitte CFO - WSJ | Sustainable Communities | Scoop.it

his has been a critical year for sustainability and business. At the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in June, more than 1,000 corporate leaders pushed for new regulations and measures to incentivize moves to a green economy.[1] Pending European Union regulations are expected to make certain types of nonfinancial reporting, including environmental reporting, mandatory in the near future.[2] And the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) is putting the finishing touches on its first framework, which is expected to debut in 2013.[3]

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