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Websites and books of interest for businesses

The websites and books listed below provide good information to businesses interested in sustainable business practices.

Websites to assist businesses
Imagine nature's most elegant ideas organized by design and engineering function, so you can enter "filter salt from water" and see how mangroves, penguins, and shorebirds desalinate without fossil fuels.  Now imagine you can meet the people who have studied these organisms, and together you can create the next great bio-inspired solution.  That's the idea behind AskNature, the online inspiration source for the biomimicry community. Think of it as your home habitat—whether you're a biologist who wants to share what you know about an amazing organism, or a designer, architect, engineer, or chemist looking for planet-friendly solutions.  AskNature is where biology and design cross-pollinate, so bio-inspired breakthroughs can be born.  AskNature is a free, open source project, built by the community and for the community.  The goal is to connect innovative minds with life's best ideas, and in the process, inspire technologies that create conditions conducive to life.

Calvert Investments
Learn how to invest your money in a socially responsible manner.

Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Based on the cooperation of Dow Jones Indexes and SAM they provide asset managers with reliable and objective benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios.  Currently more than 70 DJSI licenses are held by asset managers in 19 countries to manage a variety of financial products including active and passive funds, certificates and segregated accounts. In total, these licensees presently manage over 8 billion USD based on the DJSI.

EcoWatch Journal
EcoWatch Journal is a venue for citizens, organizations, governmental agencies, elected officials and sustainable businesses to spread their news to a broader audience.  Relying on the sustainability community to provide the content for the newspaper, EcoWatch encourages articles that: focus on solution-based projects that promote sustainability; offer ways for individuals and businesses to implement sustainability; promote upcoming sustainability events; and encourage strong environmental policy.

Green City Blue Lake Institute at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
GreenCityBlueLake is the online home for the exciting people, projects, and ideas creating a more sustainable future in Northeast Ohio.  Check out what is new, get up to date on trends and projects in the region, read David Beach’s blog and more. Blog™, Business Voice of the Green Economy, is the leading source for news, opinion, best practices, and other resources on the greening of mainstream business.  Launched in 2000, its mission is to provide clear, concise, accurate, and balanced information, resources, and learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in a manner that supports profitable business practices.™ is the flagship website of GreenBiz Group, the world's first and only mainstream media company focused exclusively on sustainability and the competitive edge it brings to businesses. was founded by green business pioneer Joel Makower and B-to-B publishing veteran Pete May. 

Green Energy Ohio (GEO)
Green Energy Ohio is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio.  GEO is the Ohio Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).  Learn about advanced energy tours around NE Ohio and more. 

Interface Carpet
Learn about one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers who is on track to become zero waste and 100% powered by renewable energy by 2020.

Local Food Cleveland
Local Food Cleveland, an action network of over 2,000 people, is for everyone who is passionate about growing a thriving local food economy and culture around Cleveland, OH.  Join us and find your place!  Northeast Ohioans spend $10 billion per year on food; let’s keep 10% of that money locally by 2019.  Many businesses in the region host farmer’s markets at their business.  Learn how here.

New York Times Green Blog
A blog about energy and the environment.  Find out what is happening all over the world, read diverse opinions, and join the conversation.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
The NEORSD is responsible for wastewater treatment facilities and interceptor sewers in the greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area.  This service area encompasses the City of Cleveland and all or portions of 60 suburban municipalities in Cuyahoga, Summit and Lorain Counties and includes a diversified group of manufacturing and processing industries.  Learn how to manage storm water responsibly and how to reduce storm water management fees.

The Story of Bottled Water
The Story of Bottled Water, released in March, 2010, employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap.  The film concludes with a call to ‘take back the tap,’ not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.  The story specifically mentions how Cleveland's tap water is perfectly safe... and how drinking tap water fits into "Reduce" part of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
ZeroWasteNEO is a network of businesses interested in the principles of zero waste. Join today to discover the economic, environmental and social benefits of eliminating waste!  Declare a 'Zero Waste by 2019 goal' and see other businesses, government agencies and non-profits who have done so.  Network with peers who are reducing waste, increasing recycling and starting food waste composting. Sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.

Books on sustainable business strategy

 All of the below resources are available at a library or from
  • Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawkins
  • Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough
  • Sustainable Value and The Sustainable Company by Chris Laszlo
  • The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid by CK Prahalad
  • Capitalism at the Crossroads by Stuart Hart
  • The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawkins
  • Mid Course Correction by Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface Carpet
  • Confessions of a Radical Industrialist by Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface Carpet
  • The Necessary Revolution: How individuals and organizations are working together to create a sustainable world by Peter Senge

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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program
City Service Departments

January 9, 2015
Issue of RFP: HHW Collection Facility Operation

January 20, 2015
Pre-Proposal Meeting for RFP: HHW Collection Facility Operation
10:00 a.m.

January 31, 2015
District 3Rs Photo Contest entries due

February 6, 2015
District grant applications due

February 13, 2015
Proposals due for RFP: HHW Collection Facility Operation
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February 16, 2015
Holiday - County offices closed

April 17, 2015
Waste & Recycling $ense for Business seminar
Garfield Heights

April 22, 2015
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