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A leader in his field, Tyler Elm specializes in employing business sustainability as a strategic framework for business innovation, profit and organizational enhancement. Tyler has an unprecedented wealth of first-hand knowledge, experience and success at incorporating sustainability into the business operations and culture of some of the world’s largest companies.

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Are Your Sustainable Practices Really Making a Difference?

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 7:27 AM

It seems 2013 was the year of strategic renewal. Most of Canada's big retailers began the year with established business sustainability initiatives. Having made significant progress in eco-efficiency, companies were refreshing their business sustainability strategies after five or more years of experience under the belt.

Those doing it well...

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Making Sustainability an Office Priority

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Lately, I've been reflecting on my career and its course over the last 20 years as I attempt to flesh out the framework for a practitioner's handbook on how to integrate sustainability objectives into business and corporate culture. During my academic and professional career, my path has meandered through the...

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How Much Can Business Influence the Environment?

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 4:25 PM

This is the eleventh blog and final blog for 2012 in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appeared on Tuesdays, and will commence again in 2013.

Our first blog, How Sustainability Can Save Business, reframes the common purpose of traditional Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)...

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Why CFOs Need to Care About Sustainability -- Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 10:23 AM

This is the tenth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs) are increasingly accountable for sustainability. A study by Deloitte -- Sustainability: CFOs are coming to the table -- found...

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Will Canada Take Action on Energy?

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:34 AM

This is the ninth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Canada needs a "national approach to climate policy and carbon pricing." Think that this is the advice of some environmental group? Then think again; this is the urging of the Canadian...

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Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast (Part II)

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 7:56 AM

This is the eighth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Last week we emphasized that culture trumps strategy every time, and that the key to unlocking the value of any strategy is to understand and harness the corporate culture...

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Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM

This is the seventh blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

"Culture eats strategy for breakfast, every day." This was Tyler's response to a question during a panel session at a recent conference. The panel was discussing the challenges faced by professional...

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The Benefits of Carbon Shadow Pricing

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 10:41 AM

This is the sixth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Placing a shadow price on carbon can help a company cut costs, while dramatically reducing its risk and exposure to rising energy prices and a price being put on carbon.

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A Little Less Cardboard Can Save You Millions

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 7:25 AM

This is the fifth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Using sustainability as strategy can drive change within a company's supply chain by engaging suppliers and service providers with the resulting savings running into the millions of dollars a year.

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There's More Oil in Detroit than Saudi Arabia

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:54 AM

This is the fourth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Transportation accounts for 29 per cent of US and 26 per cent of Canada's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. It also accounts for 70 per cent of oil...

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In Business, Don't Waste a Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM

This is the third blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Many Canadians are trying to do more with less during this economy of thrift. But we all face essential expenses -- those costs associated with "keeping the lights on" --...

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You Are Better Off Investing in Sustainability Than Stocks

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 10:58 AM

It is surprising just how big is the "sustainability" opportunity is.

In just the energy efficiency (EE) field McKinsey & Company estimates that $2 trillion can be invested in EE by 2020 with an internal rate of return (IRR) of 17 per cent. To put that into...

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How Sustainability Can Save Business

(14) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 8:48 AM


This is the first of a series of weekly columns to be published on Tuesday by Tyler Elm and Jim Harris on how sustainability as strategy cuts cost, raises revenue and mitigates risk for business.

Ever since Rachel Carson's groundbreaking Silent Spring was published in 1962, environmentalists...

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