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EcoIntelligence sustainability articles, speeches, and interviews.Online videos of interviews and presentations included in this section focus on making businesses more green and sustainable, on greening and restructuring the economy to create a path for sustainable economic progress, and on environmental economics. Topics include sustainable business practices, green business opportunities and innovation, and the many benefits of greening business, including increased profitability and competitiveness and attracting top talent.

Specific topics include going beyond the industrial economy, natural capitalism, the bio-economy and eco-responsibility, the interaction of environmental, social and economic factors, sustainable development, globalization, industrial ecology, and corporate leadership. This section also includes videos that discuss consensus building, minimizing environmental harm, sustainable green technologies and efficiencies, and pollution and carbon markets.

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Beyond The Industrial Economy. Presentation excerpt by Bill Shireman. President and CEO of The Future 500, Shireman discusses why we need to go beyond the industrial economy. About 1 minute. Play Video >> | Play QuickTime >> More about Bill Shireman >>

Selflessness Is Profitable. Presentation by Josh Tetrick. From a commencement speech in which Tetrick tells students how to thrive, and profit, by identifying and finding new ways to fix the world's problems. About 10 minutes. Play Video >> | Play QuickTime >> More about Josh Tetrick >>

What Does Green Business Mean To You? Online presentation by Eric Corey Freed. The principal of the first architecture firm to be certified a green business in San Francisco explains what green architecture is and its impact on the environment. About 2 minutes. Play Video >> More about Eric Corey Freed >>

Business Opportunities In Energy & Climate Change. Online presentation by Peter Fusaro. An introduction to Peter Fusaro with samples of his presentations and panel discussions on green business opportunities in the energy sector. About 7 minutes. Play Video >> | Play QuickTime >> | More about Peter Fusaro >>

A Positive Relationship With Business. Presentation by David Gottfried. From a keynote address at Stanford University about the importance of consensus building. He explains that the concept of green building is being embraced by big business as a roadmap for the future. About 3 minutes. Play Video >> More about David Gottfried >>

From Earthday to Greening Business. TV news story featuring Denis Hayes. Story that looks at how Earth Day has helped to shape our attitudes about protecting the environment since it began in 1970. About 4 minutes. Play Video >> More about Denis Hayes >>

Ideas Can Change The World. Presentation by Darcy Hitchcock. How ideas change the world, and why our current defining idea is sustainability. Explains the importance of understanding the interaction of environmental, social and economic factors. About 4 minutes. Play Video >> | Play QuickTime >> More about Darcy Hitchcock >>

Sustainability: A Mainstream Business Opportunity. Online presentation by Chris Laszlo. Discusses how sustainability can be a source of business opportunities, and not a distraction or hinderance to making profits. About 3 minutes. Play Video >> | Play QuickTime >> More about Chris Laszlo >>

University of Iowa Presentation. Presentation by L. Hunter Lovins. Discusses creating a working bio-economy through sustainable green technologies and efficiencies. About 6 minutes. Play Video >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

Iowa Independent Interview. Online interview with L. Hunter Lovins. Lovins explains why companies that are normaly thought of as the "bad guys" when it comes to environmental issues are starting to look at sustainability and green business practices to help their bottom line. About 3 minutes. Play Video >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

Volvo ISPO 2008 Interview. Online interview with L. Hunter Lovins. Discusses efforts to get companies around the world to use their resources more efficiently and reduce their carbon footprint, while remaining profitable and competitive. About 9 minutes. Play Video >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

Values Based Innovation. Online presentation by Brian Nattrass. Discusses the differences between organizations that are good and those that are truly great. About 4 minutes. Play Video >> | Play QuickTime >> More about Brian Nattrass >>

Saving The World At Work. Presentation by Tim Sanders. Sanders explains how change in organizations can start from the trenches up, and the value of social capital to keep and get new customers as well as attracting top talent. About 12 minutes. Play Video >> More about Tim Sanders >>

"" Sustainability In Printing - Part 1. Online interview with Don Carli. Carli, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Communication, discusses the goals of the Institute and the important role of sustainability in printing, publishing, and packaging. About 20 minutes. Play Video Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. More about Don Carli >>

"" Engaging Busy Consumers. TV interview with Josh Dorfman. Dorfman talks about engaging busy consumers through Vivavi, his eco-friendly furniture distribution business, and The Lazy Environmentalist, his talk show on on Sirius Satellite's Lime Radio. About 2 minutes. Play Video >> More about Josh Dorfman >>

"" Eco-Responsibility. Panel discussion including Christine Ervin. Ervin speaks as part of a panel on 21st Century Eco-Responsibility at Sun Summit. She discusses how eco-responsibility can minimize harm to the planet and benefit business. About 50 minutes. Play Video >> More about Christine Ervin >>

"" Businesses Embracing Sustainability. Mike Arny, President of the Leonardo Academy, discusses how manufacturers and service providers are increasingly embracing sustainability. About 1 minute. Play Video >>

"" Sustainable Business Practices. Chris Hacker, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing & Design at Aveda, discusses their sustainabile business practices. About 4 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Past Remediation And Compliance. Online interview with Adam Davis. Davis addresses the ways businesses could produce products and services more responsibly. This would require corporations to look past remediation and compliance and reorient their activities to work within environmental systems. Describes the forward-looking positive movement to sustainability. About 5 minutes. Play Video >> More about Adam Davis >>

"" Hope And Profit In Greentech. John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers discusses how he and his partners scoured the globe to assess the state of greentech in order to help combat climate change and find profit in the process. However, Doerr explains that we are facing an uphill battle and that companies and individuals need to multiply their conservation efforts. About 19 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Green Cleaning. Steve Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group, explains why green cleaning is an important part of building sustainability. About 1 minute. Play Video >>

"" Sustainable Businesses, Stock Market Performance, and Total Corporate Responsibility. Frank Dixon discusses sustainable businesses and stock market performance. He also outlines the Total Corporate Responsibility (TCR) model and how it goes beyond Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for evaluating businesses. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Property Managers, Profits And Sustainability. Craig Sheehy, Director of Property Management at Thomas Properties, discusses how property managers can help their bottom line by focusing on sustainability. About 1 minute. Play Video >>

"" Wal-Mart's Sustainability Overview. A revolution of innovation is needed to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same quality of life that we enjoy today. This cleaner, more efficient way is called 'Sustainability'. About 7 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Bill Shireman Speaking Highlights. Presentation excerpts by Bill Shireman. A short compilation of highlights from Shireman's speaking engagements. As president and CEO of The Future 500, Shireman talks on sustainable innovation and stakeholder engagement as part of the organization's mission to advance global citizenship. About 11 minutes. Play Video >> More about Bill Shireman >>

"" Climbing Mount Sustainability - Part 1. In part one, Ray Anderson discusses the problems in industry and why he decided to pursue environmental sustainability at his own carpet company. In part two, he talks about how the focus on sustainability has made his company more profitable. About 10 minutes. Play Video - Part 1, 2.

"" Authenticity And The Need To Embrace It. Paul Ray, co-author of The Cultural Creatives, discusses the concept of authenticity and the need for businesses to embrace it. About 13 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Closing The Loop On Waste. Janine Benyus discusses how the study of ecosystems has influenced the design of some industrial "eco" parks that are striving to close the loop on waste. About 3 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Designing The Next Industrial Revolution. Excerpt from a talk William A. McDonough, co-author of Cradle to Cradle, gave at the Bioneers conference in 2000. About 3 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Roots Of Biomimicry. Janine Benyus, Biomimicry Guild co-founder, discusses the roots and principles of biomimicry. She also provides some examples of biomimicry being used in modern industrialized settings. About 4 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Basics Of Sustainable Development. This intro video uses fast paced music and environmental video clips combined with basic text to explain the issues of sustainable development, including renewable energy, fossil fuels, the Kyoto Treaty, public transport, and more. About 4 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Putting Sustainable Development Into Practice. This video begins with an brief history of sustainable development and then delves into how it applies to real world situations in the UK. It was originally created for internal use at the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. About 8 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Worldwatch Report: Vital Signs 2006-2007. Erik Assadourian, project director of the Worldwatch Institute's Vital Signs 2006-2007, is interviewed for OnPoint. He discusses how the fossil fuel economy and economic growth are harming the environment and may lead to major societal destruction. Sustainable development will require a move to renewable energy sources. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Examples Of Biomimicry In Use - Part 1. Janine Benyus provides a wealth of examples of biomimicry being used in R&D, product design, and engineering. She discusses how biomimetics can save natural resources, create better products, and stimulate advancements in technological development. About 14 minutes. Play Video - Part 1, 2, 3.

"" The Concept Of Sustainability. Steve Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group, provides a general explanation of the concept of sustainability. About 1 minute. Play Video >>

"" Cradle To Cradle Design. Michael Braungart, a German chemist and designer, discusses cradle to cradle design in terms of material 'nutrients' that need to be reused. About 5 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Global Economy Driven By Green Issues. Tom Prugh, co-director of Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2008, discusses the report's findings based on studying last year's environmental trends. The global economy is outpacing the earth's sustainable capacity and creating myriad environmental concerns such as climate change. Without significant changes, this could lead to a global market failure. On the positive side, there are advances in many sectors of the economy that are rising to the challenge. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Applying Biology To Design And Engineering - Part 1. Janine Benyus discusses the importance of trying to bring the knowledge of biology into the fields of design and engineering in order to be more sustainable. About 8 minutes. Play Video - Part 1, 2.

"" Green Economy And Innovation. Presentation by L. Hunter Lovins. Lovins gives the keynote address at Saskatchewan Environment's Green Economy and Innovation Forum. Q & A at the end. Her segment begins approximately 22 minutes into the video. Play Video >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

"" China: Forcing The World To Rethink Its Economic Future. Presentation by Lester Brown. Brown discusses ways to restructure the global economy so that it can sustain economic progress through renewable energy, the reuse and recycling of materials, and a diverse transport system. About 52 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Economic Incentives To Provide Environmental Services - Part 1. Online presentation by Adam Davis. Davis discusses how economic incentives can be created so that the earth can continue to provide the environmental services necessary for human life. Davis thinks that markets that trade quotas or allocations of environmental resources in conjunction with new technologies can help us achieve sustainability. About 7 minutes. Play Video - Part 1, 2. More about Adam Davis >>

"" The Future Of Natural Capitalism. Online interview with L. Hunter Lovins. President of Natural Capitalism, Inc. and co-creator of the natural capitalism concept, Lovins discusses the future of the natural capitalism idea. About 1 minute. Play Video >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

"" Economic Components Of Climate Change - Part 1. In part one, Richard Douthwaite discusses economic components of climate change including our dependence on continuous economic growth and the declining availability of oil. In part two, he proposes that an economic system with tighter controls of the money supply could provide more stability. About 13 minutes. Play Video - Part 1, 2.

"" Growth And Maturity. Interview segment with Bill McKibben talking about how economic activity strives for continual growth but nature reminds us that all organisms must stop growing in order to mature. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Rescuing A Planet Under Stress And A Civilization In Trouble - Part 1. Presentation by Lester Brown. Brown presents the core ideas of his book, Plan B 2.0: Rescuing A Planet Under Stress And A Civilization In Trouble. About 40 minutes. Play Video - Part 1, 2.

"" Market-Driven Incentive Programs. Online presentation by Adam Davis. Davis explains that the natural systems supporting a growing human population are stressed and must be priced in the market. He describes how market-driven incentive programs can help protect nature’s services, the basic essentials of food, water and clean air, on which humans rely. About 5 minutes. Play Video >> More about Adam Davis >>

"" Economics Of Climate Change. UK government economic adviser, Dimitri Zenghelis, discusses the work he did with Sir Nicholas Stern on the Stern Review on Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by Chancellor Gordon Brown. The Stern Review's main conclusion was that the overall cost of climate change is equivalent to losing at least 5% of global gross domestic product while worst case scenarios increased this loss to 20%. The review also found that the cost of taking action can be limited to about 1% of global GDP per year. About 95 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Utilizing Market Forces And Financial Capital. Online presentation by Adam Davis. Davis explains why utilizing market forces and financial capital is critical to developing sustainability on a large scale. Government legislation or philanthropy will not do it. About 2 minutes. Play Video >> More about Adam Davis >>

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