Killing Sustainability

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(as of May 24,2019 05:54:34 UTC – Details)

Already controversial, Killing Sustainability is the blunt truth about why many executives hesitate to invest in sustainability and social responsibility programs, how sustainability/CSR professionals create credibility problems in their organizations and how to use behavioral economics and credible financial valuation methods to overcome these barriers.

Based on three and one-half decades of advising Fortune 500 companies, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, US Departments of State and Commerce and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on matters like environmental management, supply chain issues, sustainability, risk management and non-financial auditing, author Lawrence M. Heim delivers what others in the sustainability/CSR world won’t talk about. Attacking current corporate groupthink on the value of corporate sustainability and social responsibility, the book includes research and developments current up to the January 2018 World Economic Forum’s 10th Annual Global Risk Report.

Instead of offering a formulaic list of cliche projects, Heim gives readers in-depth understanding of barriers that exist in convincing the C-suite and consumers of sustainability/CSR’s value, then provides frameworks and approaches for communicating in a way that is meaningful to specific audiences, including the all-important economic justification.

In other words, rather than serving the reader a single meal, Heim teaches readers how to cook, and cook well.

Some of the topics covered:
– what does “Killing Sustainability” really mean and why is it necessary?
– historical foundations of why executives are cynical about sustainability/CSR
– the impact of the supply chain, and related limitations
– the truth about CSR audits and why buyers bear much responsibility for audit outcomes
– applying the latest research in behavioral economics, accounting and financial valuation methods
– why consumers lie about buying sustainable/ethical products
– reasons for AVOIDING linking sustainability/CSR to your company’s stock price
– the Plague of executive short-termism
– painful realities of internal perceptions and bias about sustainability organizations and leaders
– reviews and ratings of a handful of sustainability’s “shiny new objects,” which the author calls “squirrels”.

Written in an informal and easy-to-read style with minimal jargon. Clear and concise for a quick read. Pragmatic guidance on successfully communicating with executives and finding the right opportunities

This book will appeal to not only sustainability and CSR practitioners, but also to executives, accountants, investors, those in administrative functions supporting these initiatives and students looking for a different perspective on the matter.

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies

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(as of Feb 24,2019 11:30:31 UTC – Details)

“This is science writing as wonder and as inspiration.” —The Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in.

Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities and our businesses.

Fascinated by aging and mortality, West applied the rigor of a physicist to the biological question of why we live as long as we do and no longer. The result was astonishing, and changed science: West found that despite the riotous diversity in mammals, they are all, to a large degree, scaled versions of each other. If you know the size of a mammal, you can use scaling laws to learn everything from how much food it eats per day, what its heart-rate is, how long it will take to mature, its lifespan, and so on. Furthermore, the efficiency of the mammal’s circulatory systems scales up precisely based on weight: if you compare a mouse, a human and an elephant on a logarithmic graph, you find with every doubling of average weight, a species gets 25% more efficient—and lives 25% longer. Fundamentally, he has proven, the issue has to do with the fractal geometry of the networks that supply energy and remove waste from the organism’s body.

West’s work has been game-changing for biologists, but then he made the even bolder move of exploring his work’s applicability. Cities, too, are constellations of networks and laws of scalability relate with eerie precision to them. Recently, West has applied his revolutionary work to the business world. This investigation has led to powerful insights into why some companies thrive while others fail. The implications of these discoveries are far-reaching, and are just beginning to be explored. Scale is a thrilling scientific adventure story about the elemental natural laws that bind us together in simple but profound ways. Through the brilliant mind of Geoffrey West, we can envision how cities, companies and biological life alike are dancing to the same simple, powerful tune.PENGUIN PRESS

Sustainability: A History

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(as of Oct 07,2018 16:56:57 UTC – Details)

The word is nearly ubiquitous: at the grocery store we shop for “sustainable foods” that were produced from “sustainable agriculture”; groups ranging from small advocacy organizations to city and state governments to the United Nations tout “sustainable development” as a strategy for local and global stability; and woe betide the city-dweller who doesn’t aim for a “sustainable lifestyle.” Seeming to have come out of nowhere to dominate the discussion-from permaculture to renewable energy to the local food movement-the ideas that underlie and define sustainability can be traced back several centuries.

In this illuminating and fascinating primer, Jeremy L. Caradonna does just that, approaching sustainability from a historical perspective and revealing the conditions that gave it shape. Locating the underpinnings of the movement as far back as the 1660s, Caradonna considers the origins of sustainability across many fields throughout Europe and North America. Taking us from the emergence of thoughts guiding sustainable yield forestry in the late 17th and 18th centuries, through the challenges of the Industrial Revolution, the birth of the environmental movement, and the emergence of a concrete effort to promote a balanced approach to development in the latter half of the 20th century, he shows that while sustainability draws upon ideas of social justice, ecological economics, and environmental conservation, it is more than the sum of its parts and blends these ideas together into a dynamic philosophy.

Caradonna’s book broadens our understanding of what “sustainability” means, revealing how it progressed from a relatively marginal concept to an ideal that shapes everything from individual lifestyles, government and corporate strategies, and even national and international policy. For anyone seeking understand the history of those striving to make the world a better place to live, here’s a place to start.
Oxford University Press USA