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Anca Novacovici
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Anca Novacovici is the founder and president of Eco-Coach, Inc., an environmental sustainability firm that assists leading organizations to evaluate, design, and implement sustainable practices with two goals: long-term organizational success and positive environmental/social impact. Anca is a LEED Accredited Professional, sits on the Board of the Green Building Institute, and is an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College. She speaks frequently on sustainability topics and is the co-author of two books: DC Metro Area Green Career and Jobs Guide and Sustainability 101: A Toolkit for your Business, and speaks frequently on sustainability, CSR, and other "green" topics.

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9 Sustainability Lessons from Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:01 PM

A few weeks ago, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. During the seven days' climb on the Rongai Route, I thought about the many lessons the mountain was teaching me, lessons that can be applied to implementing a sustainability program within an organization. I believe these lessons are relevant whether your organization...

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Sustainability Out of Necessity: One Country's Water Solutions

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 4:05 PM

Israelis will be the first to tell you that they look to create opportunity out of adversity. As a developed country with a relatively high standard of living, situated in an arid part of the world, Israel has focused on harnessing and conserving water for years. With water scarcity becoming...

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Linking Sustainability Performance to Compensation: A Must for Success

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 2:37 PM

Many companies tout sustainability as important and highlight their accomplishments on their website and in their sustainability reports. Unless it is directly linked to staff performance across the organization, however, it is usually just window dressing. Companies have used incentive programs to reward particular types of behavior for decades. Incorporating...

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Sustainability Trends for Strategic Scenario Building

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 4:24 PM

A client of ours recently asked us to help them think about scenario building in the context of sustainability. Scenario building walks an organization through possible future scenarios that could impact their business. It is designed to help them think through future market and economic trends and provide a framework...

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Sustainability Is a Key Driver of Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 5:01 PM

In the 1990s, new technology was the catalyst for business innovation. Today, sustainability is seen as a new way to innovate and gain or maintain competitive advantage. Some companies such as Patagonia and Toyota figured out a while back that sustainability and innovation go hand in hand. In the last...

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Federal Contractors Missing the Boat on Sustainability

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 3:53 PM

I have had conversations with many federal government contractors recently about sustainable business practices. Many are unaware of the federal requirements around sustainability. Did you know that if you are a federal contractor and are on the GSA schedule, you will be asked to report on your sustainability...

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Sustainability Structures That Fail

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 2:50 PM

A former client recently pointed out that her executive management team considered sustainability as integrated into their organization. When I asked where it was integrated, she said, "in the facilities department."

I have come across this perspective in the last six months in various conversations that I have had with...

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Sustainability Is Trite

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 1:24 PM

How is the term 'sustainability' used in your organization? Does your marketing team think it means the same thing as your operations team? I have seen 'sustainability' used in the context of agriculture, transport, events, electronics and fashion, to name a few. Organizations want to be sustainable, they have sustainability...

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Peak Oil? What About Peak Food? A Conversation With Lester Brown

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:50 PM

In India, 24 percent of families have foodless days. That means that each week they plan what days they will not eat. In Nigeria, it is 27 percent of families. According to Lester Brown, "food is the new oil." Lester's new book, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New...

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Sustainability Is Apolitical, So Republicans and Democrats Unite!

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 4:53 PM

While the term "sustainability" is common parlance in some circles, there are still many who equate it first and foremost with saving the environment, rather than considering the business performance and health implications associated with it.

From a business perspective, the markets demonstrate that a smart way to increase...

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Sustainability and the Freedom to Choose

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 4:35 PM

With the presidential elections around the corner, we are reminded of the tenets that the United States was founded on. We live in a country that prides itself on choice, and on certain 'unalienable rights.' To quote the Declaration of Independence, these include "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."...

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Sustainability -- Finally Mainstream?

(6) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 5:18 PM

Sustainability is ubiquitous -- it is on the news, touted on corporate websites, and marketed on the products we find on the shelf. The Harvard Business Review defined it as a business mega-trend in 2010, putting it in the same category as electrification, mass production, information technology and...

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Engaging Employees for Transformational Sustainability Results

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Employee engagement strategies can catapult the success of your sustainability program, as demonstrated by Caesars. They have shown that good employee engagement efforts translate into lasting results. Unfortunately, for many companies, employee engagement is not seen as a priority. A frequent comment I hear from executives is: 'If we tell...

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Melding Lean with Green

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 2:25 PM

Are "lean" and "green" principles complementary business practices, or are they better implemented separately? "Lean" refers to an approach of continuous improvement and the elimination of non-value-adding activities, and it is mainly used in the manufacturing sector. "Green" refers to practices and actions that reduce negative impacts on the environment....

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