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Mel Wilson

Sustainability realist

President of M.J. Wilson & Associates Inc., a Calgary-based sustainability consultancy. Over 25 years experience working in the environmental and sustainability field in Canada and internationally. BSc in Biology, Masters and PhD in environmental management.
Asking These Questions At Work Can Lead To A Sustainable

Asking These Questions At Work Can Lead To A Sustainable Future

I believe we all have an ethical responsibility to operate within our chosen profession and a moral responsibility to do what we can to make the world a better place for everyone. No matter where you work and no matter your chosen field, it is important we avoid falling into the pits of complacency.
05/19/2017 03:54 EDT
5 Common Myths About

5 Common Myths About 'Sustainability'

Sustainability is a complex and sometimes challenging dialectical concept, much like beauty, justice, democracy, and equality, etc. By dialectical I mean it is difficult to analytically define the term; more commonly you have to discuss the matter conceptually and show examples to illustrate your arguments.
05/08/2017 01:16 EDT
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (Translated Into

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (Translated Into Trumpese)

Note this is a parody. Do NOT take it seriously (just watch, someone will take it seriously.) To see the original Sustainable Development Goals, go to the real UN website. This is a short summary guide to the SDGs as if they were written by POTUS Trump himself.
03/17/2017 12:46 EDT
What The Great One Can Teach Us About The Future Of

What The Great One Can Teach Us About The Future Of Sustainability

Given the all the recent geopolitical upheaval, I recognize it will take considerable effort for governments, businesses, and civil society to put aside their differences, roll up their sleeves, and work together to achieve the SDGs. But there really isn't a viable alternative.
01/23/2017 02:41 EST
Our Most Valuable Non-Renewable Resource Is

Our Most Valuable Non-Renewable Resource Is Time

We will often negotiate and even fight over food, oil, land, and water, but we treat time like it will, well, last forever. But if we were to value and use time truly like a resource, meaning effectively and efficiently, we need to set priorities. Enter the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
12/12/2016 10:27 EST
How To Be A Wealthy

How To Be A Wealthy Environmentalist

You don't need a high paying job with a high profile company, nor do you need to invent the next big revolutionary green technology. In fact, you can make a very decent living and achieve a comfortable degree of wealth while working in the environmental area and living a low impact lifestyle. I know because... well, I know people who have done it.
11/23/2016 08:08 EST
5 Things You Need To Know About The Sustainable Development

5 Things You Need To Know About The Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs are a refreshing return to the original multifaceted concept of sustainable development. Sustainability is not just about the environment, not just about community investment, or just about the economy. It is not the responsibility of just one industry or one government or one group to solve all the world's problems.
10/27/2016 11:13 EDT
This Is What Sustainability Leadership Is All

This Is What Sustainability Leadership Is All About

Leading sustainability organizations are the ones that have learned how to optimize their limited resources, and use generally accepted standards where possible. They frequently use management systems standards and industry standards to drive performance, and reporting standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to drive communications.
10/14/2016 09:23 EDT
Are We Simply Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The

Are We Simply Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic?

One night many years ago, while out for a few beers, a good friend of mine leaned in and, with a serious look on his face, said, "Does all this sustainability stuff really make a difference, or are we just rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic?"
10/12/2016 04:04 EDT
Alberta Should Make The Sustainable Development Goals Their

Alberta Should Make The Sustainable Development Goals Their Own

Alberta ought to use an internationally recognized and vetted sustainability framework and vocabulary to measure and communicate its sustainability performance to the world, rather than yet another home-made solution. The UN spent three years developing and vetting the SDGs to ensure they accurately reflected the world's sustainability priorities.
09/29/2016 11:12 EDT
The Difference Between Stakeholders And

The Difference Between Stakeholders And Protesters

We live in a world teeming with stakeholders. At some point in time every citizen, whether they know it or not, will be a stakeholder for something. You the reader are a stakeholder. And so am I. Now occasionally stakeholders get so fired up they become protesters. But are stakeholders and protesters actually the same thing?
09/20/2016 10:04 EDT
Diagnosing Why You Feel Overwhelmed At

Diagnosing Why You Feel Overwhelmed At Work

That unsettled feeling you or your co-workers have? That feeling of being overwhelmed? It's stress. Stress because you don't have the authority, resources and/or skills and knowledge necessary to meet your responsibilities. Stress that you won't be able to do the things expected of you, that you will have to settle for poor quality work, or that you will let someone down. And this stress can be managed.
09/13/2016 06:40 EDT