Green Your Business

  • 9/19/2013

    Flourishing Enterprise: Returning to a relationship-based economy

    Editor's note: This is the second contribution in a series by Paul Werder on the 'Flourishing Enterprise,' a working concept and the title of his forthcoming book that looks at the intersection of spirituality…

  • 8/6/2013

    Flourishing Enterprise: An introduction

    In 2011 I was invited to explore a powerful proposition: “Could spirituality be an essential component to help business leaders solve the world’s growing social and environmental problems?” The board…

  • 7/2/2013

    Five stories about Oregon's clean energy economy (video)

    Editor’s note: The following blogs and one- to two-minute videos were first posted by the Olympia, Wash.-based energy advocate Climate Solutions. Through the posts, the group aims to demonstrate clean…

  • 6/10/2013

    Benefit companies: They're (almost) here

    Last week, Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law House Bill 2296, which creates a new form of business entity called the “benefit company.” A benefit company is a business that, in addition to its principal…

  • 5/23/2013

    In the trenches: Wendy Carhart on Ecova's 'Princess of Energy'

    Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, Sustainable Business Oregon’s bloggers will be exploring the roles of workers in sustainability’s trenches. Send your ideas for profiles to Andy Giegerich…

  • 5/20/2013

    Blazers/Burgerville marketing campaign honored for sustainability sizzle

    The Portland Trail Blazers have parlayed a sustainability-driven partnership with Burgerville into a top NBA sponsorship award. The Blazers won the 2013 NBA Team Sponsorship Activation of the Year Award,…

  • 4/18/2013

    Q-and-A: New Seasons' Wendy Collie on not wasting one's efforts

    Wendy Collie, New Seasons Market’s president and CEO, is understandably excited about the grocer’s zero-waste designation, confirmed after a successful Portland State University Community Environmental…

  • 4/4/2013

    Natural Grocers plans more Oregon locations

    Natural Grocers, which just opened a location in Medford, has announced plans to open a Salem location in May. The company, technically known as Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, also said it will open…

  • 3/29/2013

    Struggling to sustain an industry's identity

    Ecotrust, the groundbreaking Portland-based environmental and economic development nonprofit, is in the business of backing disruptive innovations that help the planet. Astrid Scholz, Ecotrust’s president,…

  • 3/21/2013

    'Worst polluters' tour targets noted Portland businesses

    Cyclists took to the streets March 18 to call attention to Portland businesses they say have ties to pollution. The businesses include such Portland mainstays as ESCO Corp., David Evans and Associates…

  • 3/18/2013

    Nike seeks to ferret out non-green biz partners

    Nike Inc. officials said Monday they’ve reached an agreement with a Swiss company that will help the local company procure more sustainable materials and chemistry types. Nike (NYSE: NKE) will work…

  • 3/12/2013

    Chez Marie unveils new eco-friendly packaging

    A bustling area food manufacturer has added sustainable touches to its new retail packaging. The Chez Marie company's re-branding effort includes recyclable biodegradable containers for such goods as…

  • 3/6/2013

    Rocking the Cradle: Puma gets green designation

    At the risk of stepping on my colleague Erik Siemers' Threads & Laces-covered toes, I couldn’t let this little item pass without a cursory mention. The Puma shoe company announced this week it has…

  • 2/16/2013

    Online 'eco-florist' teams with Kathy Ireland

    Online florist Organic Bouquet has added some of supermodel Kathy Ireland's designing talents to its fold. Maitland, Fla.-based BLP Commerce Inc., Organic Bouquet’s parent company, and Ireland’s Kathy…

  • 2/15/2013

    Put down the bottle

    Most Oregon businesses would not intentionally choose to increase costs by up to 2,000 percent, needlessly participate in a landfill catastrophe, and jeopardize employee and client health. Yet many do…

  • 2/8/2013

    Sustainability adds to profit for one-third of companies

    More than a third of U.S. companies say their efforts to boost sustainability have, in turn, generated profits for their businesses, according to a report from Bloomberg. Roughly 37 percent of the executives…

  • 2/7/2013

    Portland startup Byngo marries sustainability with gaming

    Lewis & Clark College is among several colleges and companies teaming with software startup Byngo to test-drive the Portland-based company's new cloud gaming software this week. Despite its name, the…

  • 1/28/2013

    Waste Management, Arizona State partner on sustainability forum

    Waste Management Inc. and Arizona State University are partnering on the third annual Executive Sustainability Forum next week, providing business leaders with ideas on how to implement sustainability…

  • 1/24/2013

    Columbia Sportswear distributes $80,000 in grants for conservation projects

    A program led by Columbia Sportswear Co. that issues grants to notable outdoors conservation projects grew by more than 50 percent in its second year. The Washington County-based outdoor apparel and footwear…

  • 1/24/2013

    How companies can get started on a greener path

    In business, “sustainability” used to have a simple meaning, referring to a company’s ability to maintain and grow its operations and profits. Today, the term is much more worldly — often applying…

  • 1/15/2013

    It's time to fix the pricing problem

    Editor's note: Mason Walker serves on the Oregon Environmental Council's Emerging Leaders Board. At Sustainable Business Oregon I'm lucky to enjoy a front-row view of sustainability trends. In three…

  • 1/11/2013

    Emeryville Public Market's 'green living room' showcases sustainability

    The Public Market in Emeryville features an international food court, shops, office space, coffee places and now, a “green living room.” San Francisco’s Exploratorium partnered with the property’s…

  • 1/11/2013

    Green marketing: Consider the righteous return

    The store will remain unnamed, but I will mention that the item was non-perishable, expensive, organic and surrounded by fantastic customer service that included a free head massage and tea. As we often…

  • 12/20/2012

    What's the big deal about B Corps?

    An effort is on to pass legislation in Oregon during the upcoming session that would create a legal framework for a new kind of company, one that bakes into its founding principles the idea of providing…

  • 12/13/2012

    Gallery: Rolling open the Keen Garage

    Even the "ribbon" for the official ribbon-cutting tied together remnants from the company's line of canvas bags. Keen opened its newly expanded retail location, the Keen Garage, in Portland Wednesday,…