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Corporations Go Green with Sustainability Training

In order to succeed in the new global economy, businesses need to incorporate sustainable practices that simply weren't in place a decade ago. And more and more corporations are realizing that social responsibility and sustainability are not a distraction from business issues but an opportunity to dramatically impact the environment as well as economic performance. That's why sustainability training is becoming a critical component of best practices in modern business.

The Impact of Environmental Training
Rising energy costs are motivating organizations to be more efficient with energy use and resulting greenhouse gas emissions. With sustainability training, companies can reduce their environmental impact and energy usage and manage their carbon footprint. Plus, the growing asset value of carbon is creating a myriad of opportunities for businesses to generate additional revenue streams.

Environmental training incorporates environmental regulatory requirements such as federal and state compliance to air quality, waste management, and OSHA regulations. Sustainability training also helps companies move beyond mere compliance to high-performance profitability.

In fact, through improved environmental and social performance, today's corporations may boost revenue, reduce costs, mitigate risk, access new markets, create product differentiation, and increase brand value and recognition.

The Scope of Sustainability Training
Industrial companies, nongovernmental organizations, regulatory agencies, trade associations, and many other organizations are going green in their corporate training. Environmental training is pertinent across industries, including aerospace, agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and more.

Sustainability training may take place in a classroom setting or through seminars and Webinars. Many companies even offer customized, on-site training to focus on the environmental issues specific to their organization.

Utilizing emerging technologies, state-of-the-art strategies, and the latest tools, corporations are committing to integrating sustainable practices into all business processes as well as corporate culture, with an emphasis on bottom line performance. In this way, sustainability is incorporated into companies' existing strategic and operating processes rather than being considered a separate initiative.

Topics in Corporate Sustainability
Forward-thinking organizations are offering environmental training that encompasses sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, marketing and sales, and usage and disposal. Sustainability training focused on social performance covers human rights issues, labor practices, and product responsibility.

Corporate sustainability training topics may include air dispersion modeling, carbon adaptation, energy efficiency, environmental permitting, green building, multimedia environmental regulations, stack testing, and sustainable packaging. Employees also receive training in the management of water and materials, greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous waste, and sustainable development programs.

In today's global marketplace, you may have the opportunity to take advantage of sustainability training to impact the environment as well as the bottom line. That's good for your conscience and your wallet.