Green Management Strategies
GREEN MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
Green management strategies are those business strategies that include awareness about environmental issues, perfecting business policies & practices - and then initiating innovative programs that create significance.
“Many family business owners struggle with change management ideas like green management strategies - thinking “green” is something that only the very large companies can afford to consider,” says leading family business expert
“There are so many direct and indirect benefits that are part of green management strategies and I find that most successful family businesses include sound environmental practices as part of the company’s operating protocol.”
Schwerzler has been studying and advising family business entrepreneurs for more than 40 years and he is the founder of the
Family Business Institute
and the web organization Family Business Experts, both of which are headquartered in Atlanta GA.
Direct Benefits of Green Management Strategies
Cost reductions that result by reducing or eliminating waste Creating a company-wide green team to analyze operations through a "green lens" almost always produces immediate cost saving ideas
Better waste management policies and practices is another area that can produce immediate cost savings
Reducing energy consumption – get free help from your utility provider by asking for an energy audit of those areas where a company spends the most money
Rainwater harvesting - is another cost-saving opportunity that can produce easy cost reductions in most operations
Rain water harvesting can be used to create potable water
Rain water harvesting can be used for cleaning and power washing
Rain water harvesting can be used for gray water applications like toilet flushing and laundry operations
Rain water harvesting can be used for irrigation
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We recommend to our family business clients that they consider doing an annual "waste management audit" of their business. A Waste Management Plan can result in reducing the costs associated with handling and transporting waste by as much as 50%.
WASTE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
Sustainability is a hot topic in landscape architecture according to
Olivia Munoz Mickalonis
who is a landscape architect, a LEED Green Associate certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, a service connected disabled veteran and president of Green Management Strategies LLC.
"As stewards of the land, landscape architects are responsible for developing properties with conscientious thought to the preservation and conservation of natural resources. Another primary concern is the health, safety, and welfare of all people utilizing the designed site," observes Mickalonis.
Creating awareness about conserving our resources is an important and critical contribution made by green strategists. Increasingly, schools are teaching sustainability curriculums; businesses are embracing green strategies; and
are all helping to make a difference.
In order to create a sustainable landscape, a range of green strategies must be considered and incorporated in the initial master plan of the project.
Green strategies that are revolutionizing contemporary land development and landscape construction include:
Land Conservation and Preservation Healing Gardens Outdoor Room Organic Mulch Container Gardens
brownfield phytoremediation (using plants to eliminate toxic chemicals)
treated wastewater water parks
Recyclables in the Landscape
tires - for mulch, stream bank & slope stabilization
glass - for walkways, outdoor fire pits
plastics - for playground underlayment, alternative lumber Stormwater Management
stabilized soils with tackifier
structural soils with rock gradations
engineered PVC-cells as underlayment
low impact development (LID) technologies
rain gardens & bio-retention cells for retention & slow infiltration
no curbs & gutters
tree box filters
plantable retaining wall blocks; segmented blocks
recycled tires & plant materials
flexible heavy- grade plastic cells
stream banks & shoreline stabilization
Xeriscaping (creating a landscape that uses little or no water)
use of native plants
turf grass elimination
grouping plants with similar water requirements
plants as a source of fuel (biomass)
‘Freedom’ giant miscanthus grass
Indirect Benefits of Green Management Strategies
Encouraging team-building programs that can improve company performance
Incorporates “sustainability” to change corporate norms
Rethinking long-held practices that can open doors to new profit and revenue opportunities
Marketing the company’s green management strategies can boost brand recognition and gain a competitive advantage in the market place
Family Business Experts has a landscape architect available for consultation on sustainable solutions which can be implemented prior to any land disturbance or building.
Olivia Munoz Mickalonis is the CEO of Green Management Strategies, a "green think-tank" headquartered in Atlanta GA.
If you have any questions about how your family business can develop and implement a green strategy, simply use our ASK THE EXPERT form at the bottom of this page to contact Olivia.
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