Systems Thinking is Vital in Sustainability

Sustainability has become a part of every industry. No longer a fad or for ‘tree huggers’, it is part of what shareholders expect from successful corporations. Systems thinking is imperative to having a viable corporate sustainability plan. Facility managers are on the front line of the future of sustainability. Read more in this article from board member, Bill Conley...

OCSC Spearheads County-Level Research

OCSC has partnered with Claremont McKenna College’s Roberts Environmental Center (REC) to investigate the obstacles that prevent companies from engaging in environmental initiatives. Instead of focusing on leading sustainable companies throughout the county, the project has a comprehensive scope that will embody companies that exhibit a range of sustainability initiatives. The team of research analysts includes Sierra Gibson, Henrietta Toivanen, Chad Redman, Su Min Ha, Hilary Haskell, and Jesse Pence.  Through surveys, internet research, and interviews, we hope to gather information to protect the environment by consulting with companies to help them overcome these obstacles.  The REC analysts will publish a report this year on their findings and strategies for addressing issues companies face in implementing sustainable business...

Call For Instructors – National Registry of Environmental Professionals

The National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) stands testament to a long and continuous journey that started as a response to the emergence and the growing intensity of environmental awareness in the modern, environmentally conscious world. Established in 1987, NREP has emerged as a leading not-for-profit organization that provides professional certification and official recognition to environmental professionals. We, at NREP, help professionals gain an in-depth knowledge of environmental laws and best practices as we inspire them to maintain high levels of commitment toward ethical practices and guide them to address the multifaceted demands of their core work area. The foundation of our endeavors is our quality training which is delivered by a team of highly qualified environmental professionals who have created a distinction in the field of environmental and safety education. At present, we are looking to expand our team and invite instructors to join NREP as independent consultants to conduct online certification workshop programs. You are eligible to be a part of the vibrant NREP team of instructors if: •  You have a NREP Certification or a professional certification in environmental education from a legally-recognized institute •  You are skilled to develop quality training content •  You have the expertise in creating engaging environmental and safety webinars •  You are proficient in creating instructional tapes to promote easy learning •  You have prior experience in conducting training seminars, workshops, and other instructional programs We help instructors generate an optimal value from the engagement and we plan compensation packages appropriately to perfectly align their skills, qualifications, efforts, and expectations. Your compensation will include air and land travel, food and...

OCSC Learns of Goodwill of Orange County’s Sustainable Practices

On Monday, July 29, the Orange County Sustainability Collaborative Staff, Interns, and friends took a tour of Goodwill of Orange County Headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif. The tour started with a very informational overview of Goodwill’s strong mission, sustainable ways, and impact on the community. Opened in 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has been in charge of collecting and selling donations around Orange County, and helping the community as it sees fit. Boasting a mere 8% of the items and goods that they receive through donations and collections going into landfills, Goodwill has developed a phenomenal and praise-worthy system for reusing and recycling materials. It starts, as they showed during the tour, at the donation centers where donations are sorted and priced, or disassembled and properly recycled. Any clothing that is gently used, does not have holes, tears, or stains are tagged with the color of the week to be sold in Goodwill Stores. Damaged clothing, along with donated pillows and underwear, are bundled and sold by the bale to recyclers. The color-coded tags help determine the age–or how long an item has been out in the store. If an item is not sold in four to five weeks, Goodwill tries to sell it for half the original price. If the item still does not sell in cycle, it is placed at the Goodwill Marketplace, where buyers can pick and choose clothing and buy it by the pound. The final step in this process is the baling of the clothing and other textiles, to be sold to companies that can repurpose the materials. Branded clothing and higher-end goods are...

LEADERSHIP CHANGES AT THE ORANGE COUNTY SUSTAINABILITY COLLABORATIVE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    Contact Person:                Ms. Kirsten Anderson, Board Member and Secretary Organization Name:       The Orange County Sustainability Collaborative Voice Phone Number:   949-910-6848 Email Address:                  kanderson@ocsustainability.org Website URL:                    www.ocsustainability.org LEADERSHIP CHANGES AT THE ORANGE COUNTY SUSTAINABILITY COLLABORATIVE Trabuco Canyon, CA, July 6, 2012 The not-for-profit Orange County Sustainability Collaborative (OCSC) announced today that its co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. John W. Grosskopf, will resign effective July 10, 2012.  Mr. Grosskopf has accepted the position of Director of Environment, Health, Safety, Social Responsibility and Sustainability with a major producer of electrical control systems in the Pacific Northwest.   Despite his physical move, he will continue with OCSC as a senior advisor. While the Board of Directors completes its search for a new chairman, Mr. Grosskopf’s responsibilities will be transferred to Mr. William Borges, OCSC Board Member and Treasurer.  In a joint statement, the two leaders said “the planning and delivery of OCSC’s ambitious sustainability programs and projects will actually accelerate during this leadership transition”. The interim chairman went on to say:  “John’s dedication and energy are inspirations for all of OCSC’s volunteers, interns and stakeholders.  We will continue to work hard – and smart – to make his generously shared vision of a “Greener Orange” a reality.” Focusing on business, academia, government, non-governmental organizations and communities, OCSC brings leaders, organizations and individuals together to promote a more sustainable lifestyle.   The organization’s mission is to take concerted and practical action to improve the quality of life in Orange County and the entire southern California region through awareness, education, outreach and community involvement. OCSC’s...

Protesters demand closure of San Onofre power plant

IRVINE – A small group of activists rallied outside a Southern California Edison building Wednesday afternoon to call for the permanent closure of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The power plant has been off for more than three months due to safety concerns with its steam generators, in which hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water have been damaged by unexpected vibration and friction. Investigators are trying to figure out the cause.  To read full article:...