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Imposter syndrome

There’s a certain level of imposter syndrome that goes hand-in-hand with sustainability. Things are fine within the industry; I’ve found colleagues to be welcoming and supportive. But there tends to be a lot of gatekeeping when you meet someone on the outside. It’s like that meme: “Oh, you like sustainability?…

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Why sustainability reporting?

Clients often ask, “Why would we want to do sustainability reporting?” Money and reputation are certainly two big factors. But for many companies, doing better business helps them to improve their bottom lines. Proving business resilience If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s the importance of business resilience. Think of…

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Sustainability & careers

Our careers will look a lot different after COVID. People are talking about the light at the end of the tunnel; I don’t think we’ve even entered the tunnel yet. How can we position ourselves for job security in the midst of a pandemic? I see three primary ways to…

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Sustainability affects everyone

“Our customers aren’t interested in sustainability,” the client says. “We don’t have that kind of customer.” Huh, I say. That’s interesting. Because sustainability affects everyone. Do your customers have homes? After Superstorm Sandy, property owners had significant damage. But did their insurance company have the funds to cover the billions…

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Where are we going?

Is your business ready for the post-pandemic future? Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been one very obvious question ahead of us: Where are we going? We’re clearly in the midst of tumultuous, “unprecedented times” (as every marketing email likes to remind me). The U.S. Federal Reserve has…

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Saving money and the planet

In early August, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a virtual hearing on “The Devastating Health Impacts of Climate Change.” The purpose was to examine the health and economic impacts of climate change over the next century if we do not act immediately to limit global warming. Dr.…

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Freelance skills

I’m often asked about the important skills that someone would need to start their own freelance business. The two that I’ll discuss today are “managing up” and “managing peers.”  Freelancing has an odd dynamic. Unlike staff employment where your manager and peers are distinctly different, in freelance life your client…

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