Could a New Pallet Be the Starting Point for More Sustainable Supply Chains?

 

A bold statement perhaps, but one borne out of long standing frustration with the slow if not stagnant forward movement towards implementing more sustainable supply chains.

In 1985 I established my first retail store cardboard recycling initiative which not only was good for the environment, but was also a financially lucrative initiative saving the Hudson’s Bay Company $100’s of thousands of dollars annually at that time.

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Can Modern Transport Airships Change the World?

Over the last couple of years my interest and excitment around the concept of reviving and renewing airship transport technology of the blimp or zeppelin variety has been growing steadily. Today I’m now utterly convinced these massive dinosaurs of the sky from the early 1900s actually have the potential to re-emerge and change our world for the better. Can Modern Transport Airships Change the World?

The Role of Logistics and Transport in Reducing Supply Chain Carbon Emissions

From weforum.org: “Significant movement is expected towards reduced supply chain carbon intensity. This will create both opportunities and risks for logistics and transport firms, with changes in supply and demand driven by: Regulation of carbon emissions, Higher and more volatile fuel prices, as well as Evolving consumer and client demand. The sector can play an influential role in decarbonization, both in its own operations and through broader supply chain optimisation. This provides direct benefits through reduced costs, managed risks and business growth.”

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David Suzuki vs. Walmart CEO: The 2010 Walmart Canada Green Business Summit Recap

A Walmart business summit, with keynote speech by Dr. David Suzuki. How could these two seemingly opposed global forces exist in the same confined space? This I had to see.

The sun was just rising as I wheeled up to Vancouver’s Pan Pacific Hotel, to find out what Walmart had up its sleeve when it invited 350 top retail execs and competitors for the Walmart Canada Green Business Summit.

The Mayor, the Premier, environmental alarm, sustainability case studies, live wireless polling, this show had it all. I even got to ask the Walmart CEO, face-to-face, about their business model and position on packaging take-back recycling.

This blog is going to run on a bit, but I wanted to keep all of the info in one document, so grab an organic java and get comfortable. David Suzuki vs. Walmart CEO: The 2010 Walmart Canada Green Business Summit Recap

NASA Green Aviation Workshop Report Published

A “Green Aviation” weekend workshop was held at NASA Ames Research Center on April 25–26, 2009 to stimulate dialog and foster collaboration among the nation’s aviation and energy technologists. Approximately 80 representatives from government, industry, and academia were in attendance.(including Ron Hochstetler, one of our Founders) The workshop was organized into three serial sessions on advanced transportation concepts, advanced propulsion systems, and operational concepts, followed by three parallel sessions on technology priorities, organizational strategies, and metrics. The serial sessions opened with an overview talk on the relevant NASA activities, followed by shorter technical talks relevant to the session’s theme. Ample time was provided for discussion following each presentation. The program for the workshop is included in the report.

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Senior Certified Sustainability Professional Certificate (SCSP)

In Partnership with Green Supply Chain.org, the SCSP certification program is designed to give our graduates a comprehensive knowledge of sustainability across multiple functional areas along with a balance of internal and external knowledge of sustainability leadership and consultancy. 10 Courses are included in this Program:

Green Purchasing Fundamentals
• Sustainability 101 & Corporate Social Responsibility Es-sentials
• Carbon Strategies
• Environmental Management System (EMS) & ISO 14001
• Green Transportation
• Sustainability Leader: Your First 180-days to Success
• Green Marketing & Sales Force Essentials
• The Sustainability Consultant
• Advanced Green Purchasing
• Environmental Accounting 101

Click the course names above for additional details on all of them and click here to register to become a certified Senior Certified Sustainability Professional (SCSP).

Certified Sustainability Professional Certificate (CSP)

In Partnership with Green Supply Chain.org, the CSP certification program is designed to give our graduates a great balance of core sustainability topics to enable them to stand out individually or to step into a sustainability leadership role with confidence. The 5 courses required to become a CSP are:

• Green Purchasing Fundamentals
• Sustainability 101 & Corporate Social Responsibility Essentials
• Carbon Strategies
• Sustainability Leader: Your First 180-days to Success
• Environmental Management System (EMS) & ISO 14001

Click the course names above for additional details on all courses and click here to register to become a certified Certified Sustainability Professional Certificate (CSP).

Green Supply Chain Professional (GSCP)

In Partnership with Green Supply Chain.org, the GSCP certification program is designed to give graduates a comprehensive knowledge of the sustainability areas confronting supply chain and operations professionals. This program will provide the graduate with very unique credentials and experience. There are 5 Courses included in this Program:

Green Purchasing Fundamentals
• Sustainability 101: Corporate Social Responsibility Essen-tials
• Carbon Strategies
• Green Transportation: 12 Best Practices & Green Warehouse Strategies
• Green Supply Chain Management

Click the course names above for additional details on all of the courses and click here to register to become a certified Green Supply Chain Professional (GSCP).

Green Supply Chain Needs an Apollo Program

From scmr.com: “Earlier this year, congressman and author Jay Inslee spoke to a gathering of Bainbridge Graduate Institute MBA students about his book – Apollo’s Fire, Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy. Congressman Inslee offers a well-thought out hypothesis that there is a need for “a revolution that will transform our economy with new technologies, reinvest in our communities, and create millions of new ‘green collar’ jobs.” This revolution, I believe, must not only begin in clean energy but also must be started in all areas of sustainability.”

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DHL Says Small Efficiencies Can Deliver Big Carbon Savings

From Greenbiz.com: “”The first thing you need to understand about greening a supply chain is that the term ‘green’ is not specific enough. It has the wrong connotations. This is about saving money and becoming efficient.” That is the view of Karl Feilder, chief executive of DHL Neutral Services, a subsidiary of the delivery giant set up to improve the efficiency of both DHL’s and its customers’ supply chains.

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