Professional Services

Office-based industries where people work on phones and computers are as prone to unsustainable business practices as any other sector. The amount of electricity wasted by office equipment left on, even in hibernate-mode, runs to billions of dollars a year in the US alone. Some of that wasted energy could be money back in your firm’s pocket. The volume of wasted paper in some of these businesses is quite extraordinary too.

Then there’s the question of whether all those workers actually NEED to be physically in the office all the time. Well crafted and managed teleworking programs reduce commuter-related gas consumption as well as occupancy costs. Your employees will be delighted to work from home all or some of the time, and happy employees are typically more productive and loyal to their employers. What about all those business trips your employees take? Could you reduce expenses (and carbon emissions) by substituting webinars and electronic meetings?

You can learn about these and many other proven sustainable business practices on this site. By implementing just a few of them your business’ operating costs can be dramatically reduced. Highly qualified technical and other workers are increasingly seeking out employers that consciously try to mitigate their impact on the planet. If you desire to attract and retain the best talent, embracing the principles of sustainable business will assist your efforts. Study the examples of your industry peers on this site, and then come back and share your own ideas with us.

CASE STUDIES:

Alpine Waste & Recycling

Often overlooked in the sustainability literature on risk management, internal cost savings from reduced energy or water usage, etc., is the concept of sustainability-focused product or service innovation as a source of market opportunity and new revenues. An externally focused approach to sustainability as a driver of improved financial performance is as much a part of the overall business case for corporate sustainability as internally focused initiatives. Few companies illustrate this market-driven sustainability approach as clearly and successfully as Alpine Waste & Recycling. Alpine Waste & Recycling

Spencer Organ Company

Spencer Organ Company, Inc. (SOC), located in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a pipe organ maintenance and restoration firm. It specializes in restoring the tone and beauty of early 20th century pipe organs, particularly Skinner, Aeolian-Skinner and Kimball organs.  The company, founded in 1995 by Joseph Rotella, has 10 full and part-time employees.  In addition to restoring beautiful grand organs, SOC continually seeks ways to balance its business requirements with restoring balance in the environment and strengthening the community in which it operates. Spencer Organ Company

Big Muddy Workshop

Big Muddy Workshop, Inc. (BMW) is a landscape architecture and green infrastructure design services firm in Omaha, NE. This small, highly successful company has embraced the principles of sustainable business not only in the way it utilizes resources, both natural and human, but also to shape the range of services it provides.Big Muddy Workshop

Tech Network Boston

Tech Network Boston is an IT professional services company serving small and mid-sized companies in the greater Boston area. The firm offers help desk, remote monitoring and maintenance, staff augmentation, onsite support and IT training and IT project management. Tech Network of Boston