Water Conservation and Behavior Change
/ March 29, 2012 0 COMMENTS

I was really excited to read an article about some communities within the United States taking steps to ensure that businesses and households comply with water use restrictions.  Given the mild winter, early Spring, and pending Summer droughts, a rate structure would be in place for businesses and households who use above the allotted usage…

Using Stories to Achieve Sustainability
/ February 23, 2012 0 COMMENTS

And then, while we were in the other room there was this big THUMP and three clowns… We communicate in stories.  We tell stories that help us make sense of the world.  Our stories reflect our perspectives and also our priorities.  Some of the people you know can make every story funny; for others all…

Common Priorities, Common Lessons
/ February 2, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Ever feel like you just witnessed the start of something magical? I got that sensation earlier this week when I attended an innovation summit organized as part of Illinois’ very first Better Buildings, Better Business (B4) conference.  Organized by the Energy Center of Wisconsin, B4 conferences target individuals involved in residential new construction and retrofit…

Employees Are Key
/ January 26, 2012 0 COMMENTS

“People now trust one another more than they do established institutions.” That’s one of the findings from the just-released 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer.  Now in its 12th year, this online survey sampled 25,000 people across 25 countries. This graphic highlights some of the key findings… Essentially, we increasingly trust our peers and regular employees rather…

Counting the Benefits
/ January 13, 2012 0 COMMENTS

The American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just issued “Greening Work Styles: Analysis of Energy Behavior Programs in the Workplace,” a report that uses five case studies in the US and Canada to illustrate how employees can be inspired to reduce energy consumption at work. Obviously that’s a topic close to our hearts…