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Las Vegas is GREEN. Amazing but true.
I lived in Las Vegas for five years and never heard a word about sustainability in the 1990′s. However, I was always impressed and inspired with the innovative business practices of my employer, the Wynn properties (including Bellagio, The Mirage, Treasure Island and Golden Nuggets). I often wonder, if I still lived in Vegas, whether I’d be working for Zappos.com. Either way, it’s wonderful to know that even sin-city who thrives in lights, action and over-consumption is taking steps to ‘do good and do well.”
I am inspired to share this article I read this morning from Smart Planet, “Verde Las Vegas?” by Mary Catherine O’Connor. Ironically, I’m now in Las Vega$. Apropos. as we’ll be visiting the revamped downtown today.
Progress in Las Vegas
The following stats were excerpted from this inspiring Smart Planet article:
- Reduced its energy consumption by 22 percent since 2010.
- 8 percent of electricity comes from solar panels with plans to gain another 13 percent of energy from solar.
- Local government is prioritizing walkable communities.
- Waste oil from kitchens serving the nearly 40 million annual visitors is collected and used to help power city busses, running on biodiesel.
- Caesars has reduced its landfill contribution by 25 percent by managing their own recycling facilities.
- Water consumption has reduced about 40 percent since 1989, despite the city’s significant growth.
Looking forward to seeing more
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CVS Caremark hits a homerun with a courageous move to align their brand and their core values. 7,600 stores nationwide will no longer sell cigarettes and related items (as of October 1, 2014).
Will there be a loss in revenue due to taking cigarettes off the shelves?
Yes. Estimated at $2 billion a year.
Will there be more brand loyalty and trust for CVS?
Probably. Accountability and corporate social responsibility are becoming competitive advantages in today’s market. Doing what’s right for the health of our citizens will most likely overcome any losses in short-term sales. “People before Profits” leads to more stakeholder engagement and loyalty. It’s also leading to more public attention and rampant publicity as highlighted by Forbes.com article.
Yes. A calculated risk that could have huge pay-offs as seen by other socially responsible businesses (i.e., Patagonia, Tom’s, Chipotle). This bold move could be especially beneficial since they are leading the way.
Is this the right thing to do?
- Cigarette smoking causes about one of every five deaths in the United States each year.
- Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke causes nearly 42,000 deaths each year among adults in the United States.
Is this a long-term strategic decision?
It appears to be part of a bigger plan for their healthcare initiatives. CVS has already established in-store mini-clinic with nurse and physician staff to assist customers. They are initiating a smoking cessation program. These strategic decisions and shift in services could recoup any losses in cigarette sales.
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- Kraft Macaroni and Cheese has removed dangerous food dyes.
- General Mills Cheerios has committed to remove GMO’s from their yellow box cereals.
- Subway announced its intention to remove plastic substance from bread ingredients.
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My first exposure to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation wasn’t random but was a pleasant, heartwarming and serendipitous surprise. My involvement in social and environmental justice education basically planted me in this tranquil San Diego downtown cafe and bookstore called EcoVerse: Jing Si Books & Cafe. Upon entering, I felt a calming effect. Perhaps, it was the warm smiles? The beautiful artwork? The zen decor? The smell of freshly brewed tea? The soft music? Whatever the reason, I felt at home.
My original intention was to use their knowledgable staff and inspirational learning space for an upcoming “Zero-Waste Living-Party” to promote the sustainable lifestyle in our community. Then, in the future, I had hoped to plan other educational events there. I had no idea what else this experience had in store for me.
Pure. Authentic. Inspiration.
What inspired me
"Tzu Chi’s core values in disaster relief included a deep respect for the environment and an emphasis on personal connections."