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SPI Adopted by Feds in 2013

2013 was a great year at SPI. We worked with a wide variety of companies–from global manufacturing giants to universities and from large multi-national design firms to small, single office architecture studios–to help them develop or fine-tune their sustainability programs.  In addition, SPI’s Certification program was adopted by HUD and 24 affordable housing developers from […]

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Putting the Management Back in Change, Part 4: Communication Effectiveness

In my first article in this series,”Putting the Management Back in Change”, I began looking at what it really takes for companies to successfully institutionalize sustainability and truly be “green firms”. Too frequently, I encounter firms who have not realized that becoming a truly green firm means more than having LEED projects in your portfolio.  […]

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Putting the Management back in Change Part 3: Vision

In my first article in this series,”Putting the Management Back in Change”, I began looking at what it really takes for companies to successfully institutionalize sustainability and truly be “green firms”. The common misconception that having LEED projects in your portfolio makes you green doesn’t tell the full story and misrepresents what it really takes […]

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Putting the Management back in Change Part 2: The value of coalitions

In my earlier article,”Putting the Management Back in Change”, I began looking at what it really takes for companies to successfully institutionalize sustainability and truly be “green firms”. The common misconception – that having LEED projects in your portfolio makes you green – doesn’t tell the full story and misrepresents what it really takes to […]

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Putting the Management Back in Change Part 1: If It’s Broke, Fix It—NOW!

If you’re reading this, chances are you are a sustainability leader or champion within your company. Chances are, also, that that you still face resistance getting some of your colleagues on-board. In my previous article, “Putting the Management Back in Change”, I posited that companies who are truly committed go beyond individual project successes to […]

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Putting the Management back in Change

In many ways, LEED has been the tail wagging the dog. A tool originally intended to define green building metrics – repurposed as a ‘design’ tool. An ‘end of pipe’ measuring stick relied on to drive change in professional practice and collaboration. That can’t end well. Because sustainability was initially introduced to the industry through […]

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Are Those Numbers For Real? The Role of Data Quality Management

by Jim Newman of Linnean Solutions Data quality may be the elephant in the room when we talk about widespread energy and water use reporting. Energy and water use reporting in the US has grown in importance because of a combination of corporate reporting needs and municipal regulation. This article looks at two key types […]

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Recap – SPI Roundtable: State of the State

Our March “State of the State” Roundtable highlighted new accomplishments from 2012 and new activities planned for 2013.  The group shared some inspiring achievements and we’d love to hear yours!.  See the highlights below and click the link to add your thoughts! Some trends emerged: Advocacy:  2030 adoption and advocacy increased in 2012 and continues […]

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Leadership Spotlight: Chris Leary on The Role of Disrupters

SPI facilitates a peer-only Leadership Circle through LinkedIn. This multi-disciplinary group of sustainability leaders come from all over the world and share the responsibility of leading sustainability efforts within their companies. Each month, we interview one of these leaders in our Spotlight. If you are responsible for implementing sustainability efforts within your company, please join […]

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SPI Leadership Spotlight: Roger Chang

Welcome to the SPI Leadership Spotlight! In this series, we interview professionals from across the industry—from architecture, engineering, construction, facility management—and find out what helps their companies achieve success. We believe sharing our stories is an important way we can learn from each other and, as a community, raise the bar on what we accomplish! […]

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