GREEN READS: Part 4 - All About Your Carbon Footprint

Dispatch from the SSC Team

This series of "green reads" provides a snapshot into the most important books in sustainability.  We've divided them up into categories -- be sure to check out the whole series!

And now, part four...all about your carbon footprint.  

Green Your Work: Boost Your Bottom Line While Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Author: Kim Carlson (Pages: 288)

Today, many companies are flourishing by delivering high-quality products while pursuing policies that leave the world a cleaner, better place. Those policies can help retain customers, energize employees, and serve as brand-building tools. This book shows managers practical steps to make their companies environmentally responsible while staying profitable and efficient. Environmentalist and businesswoman Kim Carlson shows managers how to green company operations by moving to a paperless office, recycling at work, setting up employee carpools, developing eco-friendly packaging, using green building products, and more.

Why we chose it: Kim Carlson is an award-winning socially responsible business owner. She regularly contributes to NBC TV and has her own radio show "Living the Green Life"

Carbon Strategies: How Leading Companies Are Reducing their Climate Change Footprint

Author: Andrew J. Hoffman (Pages: 192)

Carbon Strategies describes specific steps any business can take to implement sound, practical, climate-related corporate policies. Based on Andrew J. Hoffman’s widely praised report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and significantly revised in light of subsequent developments, Carbon Strategies teaches practitioners and students about the importance of timing policy implementation, establishing appropriate levels of internal and external commitment, influencing beneficial policy development, and creating new business opportunities based on climate policy. Hoffman presents real-life “lessons learned” at each step of the climate-strategy development process and concludes this concise guidebook with six case studies (Cinergy, Swiss Re, DuPont, Alcoa, Shell Group, and Whirlpool) that demonstrate the principles of corporate climate policymaking in action.

Why we chose it: Andrew Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, with joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. He is also Associate Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. "Carbon Strategies" received positive reviews from executives of companies like Citibank, Coca-Cola, Energy Corporation as well as high-profile figures such as Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense.

Convenient Solution: How Americans can Solve the Energy Crisis and Reduce Global Warming in just 10 years

Author: Howard Johnson (Pages:340)

This book describes existing energy systems and proposed new ones that use existing technologies and capabilities. It describes workable, long-term solutions to major growing concerns. Read how these systems could improve our balance of trade, economy, job picture and environment.

Why we chose it: This book outlines answers to our energy crisis along with some solid, practical solutions we can implement using today’s technology.

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: 365 Simple Ways to Save Energy, Resources, and Money

Author: Joanna Yarrow (Pages: 128)

This book describes existing energy systems and proposed new ones that use existing technologies and capabilities. It describes workable, long-term solutions to major growing concerns. Read how these systems could improve our balance of trade, economy, job picture and environment.

Why we chose it: Joanna Yarrow is a United Kingdom-based expert on sustainable living and the author of 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth. She is a frequent media commentator on environmental issues.