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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an idea that corporations have to consider the interests of customers, employees, shareholders, communities, and ecological considerations in all
Socially responsible investing (SRI) describes an investment strategy which combines the intentions to maximize both financial return and social good.

green@work : Green Building

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency of buildings and their use of energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal — the complete building life cycle.

A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale and tends to focus on the use of natural materials that are available locally.[1] Other commonly used terms include sustainable design and green architecture; however, while good design is essential to green building, the actual operation, maintenance, and ultimate disposal or deconstruction of the building also have very significant effects on buildings' overall environmental impact.

The related concepts of sustainable development and sustainability are integral to green building. Effective green building can lead to 1) reduced operating costs by increasing productivity and using less energy and water, 2) improved public and occupant health due to improved indoor air quality, and 3) reduced environmental impacts by, for example, lessening storm water runoff and the heat island effect. Practitioners of green building often seek to achieve not only ecological but aesthetic harmony between a structure and its surrounding natural and built environment. The appearance and style of sustainable homes and buildings can be nearly indistinguishable from their less sustainable counterparts.

Green buildings are scored by rating systems, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Globes from GBI and other locally developed rating systems.

Articles That Relate to CSR

May/June 2007

CSR: A Logical Step Toward Sustainability - FREE
SERA Architects in Portland, Ore., is an example of a company that not only emphasizes sustainability—it won't settle for anything less.
by Lisa Laitinen

The hospitality industry is focusing more on reducing its environmental footprint, and discovering that comfort does not have to be compromised to go green. by Stephanie Hanson

CSR: Reaching the Tipping Point - SUBSCRIBERS ONLY
The Lifeworth Review of CSR developments in 2006 fuses two popular concepts on social beliefs and change to promote personal, corporate and societal transformation.
by Bill Baue

CSR: The Hidden Benefits in the Forest - SUBSCRIBERS ONLY
When considering forest-based products, corporate managers must think about environmental and social aspects, and ask six basic questions before purchase.
by Ruth Noguerón


You can find more corporate social responsibility articles in our back issues.

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