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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; First Edition edition (September 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576751708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576751701
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"Lean and Green is a profitable guide for any business willing to lay aside the old way of working and adopt solid environmental principles into their management thinking." —Harry W. Reid, Agilent Technologies "Lean and Green clearly dispels the myth that environmental responsibility negatively impacts the bottom line. In fact, it reveals the opposite reality—be green, lean, and a fiscal hero inside your operation!"—Greg Reed, Editorial Director, Electronic Packaging and Production magazine

About the Author

Pamela J. Gordon, Certified Management Consultant, is a leader and speaker in the worlds of business, professional associations, political parties, education, and the performance arts She is President and Founder of Technology Forecasters, Inc., a management consulting firm that for three years in a row has been named by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the 100 fastest growing private companies in the San Francisco Bay Area In addition to having business and leadership savvy, Gordon is also an environmentalist at heart. She is a long-time contributor to environmental organizations; The Nature Conservancy has listed her firm several times as a corporate donor.

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Kudos to Pamela Gordon for making a difference!
Yosaif Solove
Lean And Green shows how these companies succeeded by adopting solid environmental principles which worked economically as well.
Midwest Book Review
As I read the book, I found myself already becoming more aware of opportunities in my own surroundings to make a difference.
Roger E. Herman

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Godfrey on February 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
The core theme is that, if you reduce waste and increase recycling, it will be good for the environment and for profits. The theme is supported with a wealth of examples. This is a book for those who are 'putting a toe in the water' rather than for those who wish to move beyond the first steps, but is useful at the level to which it is pitched. It helps to contest the pernicious myth that business profitability and environmental responsibility are at odds with each other.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger E. Herman on December 29, 2001
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From time to time, business leaders have invested time, energy, attention, and financial resources in the respected work of environmental protection. The work from the corporate sector has not been consistent, appreciated, or encouraged. Through this book, the author hopes to stimulate more organizations to be actively supportive of the environment-and good business practices. A Certified Management Consultant with significant personal engagement with corporate environmental issues, Pamela Gordon profiles the work of twenty employers to show what can be done.
Many authors gather profiling information for books like this by researching on the internet, magazine articles, other books, and industry reports. To her credit, Gordon personally visited 16 of the companies cited, with the other four being visited by people from her firm. This direct involvement adds a higher degree of authenticity to her work and this book.
Lean and Green is organized into three sections. Part One presents four steps for creating a lean and green organization: Question Wasteful Practices, Gain Lean and Green Endorsement Using Business Language, Collaborate to Achieve Lean and Green Goals, and Track Progress for Environment and Profit. Interwoven through these introductory chapters are stories about how the 20 profiled employers have applied these approaches. The organizations are mostly large, well-known companies, and a city government, but the principles can be applied in smaller organizations, as well.
The second section of the book presents Real-Life Examples of Putting Lean and Green into Practice. Ten chapters lay out the how-to of building a higher consciousness and effectiveness of environmental practices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Robert on September 17, 2001
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This well-researched and thoughtful work is a very readable and practical guide proving that integrating environmentally-friendly processes and procedures in manufacturing operations is not only necessary for code compliance and corporate public relations, but can also improve companies' financial performance. Ms. Gordon provides real world examples showing how some of the world's largest and best-known companies have taken profitable steps toward improving our environment while at the same time improving their bottom line.
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Next time your boss tells you "we can't afford to be environmentally sensitive," you'll be fully prepared to rebut that claim if you've read "Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment."

This well-written strategy manual for people in major corporations shows how companies like IBM, Louisiana Pacific, Polaroid, and even the city of Santa Monica, California have become much more profitable through environmental responsibility. While most of the savings are smaller, some instances have saved as much as $100,000,000--by rethinking as well as redesigning. The payback periods ranged from a few months to several years, but all of them were ROI-driven decisions that were good for both the environment and the P&L statement.

Shel Horowitz's award-winning sixth book, Principled Profit: Marketing That Puts People First, demonstrates how to build a business around ethics, environmental sustainability, and cooperative practices--and how to develop marketing that highlights those advantages.
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"Lean and Green" is a must-read for anyone involved in business and/or sustainability. Personally, I've been involved in both. I've hosted my own radio show that included "lean and green" types of subjects. And I'm impressed by what Pam Gordon has done. Rather than being theoretical or abstract, she's drawn upon her corporate experience and expertise. She's provided a ton of real-world, lean-and-green business examples from IBM, Celestica, NEC, Apple, Horizon and many other companies. She's also provided a framework for people in business who want to introduce lean-and-green activities within their own companies. And, perhaps most importantly of all, she has chronicled some key indicators of a little-recognized trend these days: the shift towards a world of manufacturing that uses far less materials and energy and produces far less waste. "Lean and Green" is easy-to-read and hopeful. I don't recommend books very much. I recommend this one.
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Gordon's book turns upside down claims that environmentally sound practices are either expensive or bad for business; to the contrary, reducing waste and using cleaner processes increases business profitability. She shows how businesses of all sizes can incorporate good environmental practices, and she backs up her points with dozens of real-world examples. With "Lean and Green" to point the way, every business can design its own plans forreducing environmental impact. Her style is informal, clear, and encouraging. This book is a must-read for anyone with an interest in either business or the environment.
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