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What can your business do to have less of a negative impact on the environment? And how can running a green business save or make you money? Learn about sustainable development, green marketing, computer recycling, green procurement and other business and environment topics here.

Best Green Business Ideas
Starting a green business has two advantages; you will be starting a business targeting a growing market and starting a green business can be particularly satisfying as you get to make your own contribution to making the world a better place. Here are what I think are the best green business ideas.

10 Ways to Make Your Business Environmentally Friendly
Whether you run a home-based business or a bricks-and-mortar storefront, here are ten simple things you can do to make your business a greener, more environmentally friendly place.

Is an Electric Vehicle Right for Your Business?
Is an electric vehicle suitable for your small business? Here's a review of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

10 Ways to Save Money on Gas
Tired of seeing the high cost of gas eat away at your bottom line? While we can never escape fuel costs entirely, there are things we can do to save money on gas. Cut your fuel costs with one or more of these suggestions.

Green Marketing
What is green marketing? This green marketing definition includes an introduction to the key issues and general trends in green marketing, such as greenwashing.

3 Keys to Successful Green Marketing
Showing potential customers how environmentally friendly your business is a marketing strategy that can win you a lot of business - but only if you do it right. Here are the three things you have to do for green marketing to be effective.

The Green Office Guide
Want to make your small business a more environmentally friendly place? Use this green office guide as a source for going green ideas that are easy to do but will make a difference over time.

Where to Recycle Computers in Canada
There are more places to recycle computers in Canada than ever before. See if one of these computer recycling options will work for you before you dump your old computer into a landfill.

Readers Respond: What Are Your Going Green in the Office Tips?
What are your tips for going green in the office? Add them to this page.

The 100 Mile Diet for Small Businesses
Want to pursue green procurement policies but finding they're just too much time and trouble? Here's how the 100 Mile Diet idea makes green procurement easier for small businesses.

Sustainable Development Definition
A sustainable development definition and how small businesses can play a meaningful role in sustainable development.

Sustainable Development for Small Businesses
Want to run an environmentally friendly small business? This primer on sustainable development outlines principles and strategies and explains how you can implement sustainable development in your own business.

Computer Recycling Programs
PC Hardware/Reviews Guide Mark Kyrnin outlines options for solving the problem of what to do with old computers and parts. Find out about Dell and HP's computer recycling programs.

Energy Star and the PC
You're probably familiar with the yellow Energy Star labels on computer equipment and home appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators and dish washers. But what is the Energy Star program and why does it matter? About PC Hardware/Reviews Guide Mark Kyrnin explains.

How Do Small Businesses Affect the Global Environment?
About Environmental Issues Guide Larry West reports on a study by researchers from the University of Palermo in Italy on the true cost of producing a single bottle of red wine in terms of the amount of commercial waste and environmental damage. Food for thought for all small businesses.

Taking the Wrinkles Out of Paper Recycling
Despite the good intentions of many companies to recycle their office paper quite a few still aren't getting the job done. Joel Makower examines the problem and provides tips for running a paper recycling program that actually works (About Environmental Issues).

Upgrade or Replace a Desktop PC?
Computers get outdated pretty quickly, but that doesn't mean you should replace it. Mark Kyrnin, About's PC Hardware/Reviews Guide, explains how to tell if you should upgrade or replace your aging desktop PC.

Upgrade or Replace a Notebook PC?
Do you need to replace your aging notebook computer or should you upgrade it? This guide from Mark Kyrnin, About's PC Hardware/Reviews Guide, explains how to tell and leads you through the upgrade process.

AAFC Environment Bureau
Part of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's policy branch, this Bureau focuses on environmental sustainable development. This page includes links to information on issues and activities relating to air, soil, and water quality, biodiversity, and environmental legislation.

Business and Sustainable Development
A comprehensive resource for businesses that want to integrate sustainable development into their operations, with definitions, tools, strategies, and case studies (from IISD; Canadian).

CERES is a non-profit organization that works to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity. The sustainable development principles developed by CERES provide an environmental framework that investors and others can use to assess the environmental performance of companies.

EnterWeb: Enterprise and the Environment
This section of Jean-Claude Lorin's site presents annotated links to Web sites dealing with sustainable development. Highly recommended. (Canadian).

Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement
This not-for-profit organization provides business and technical services to SMEs. OCETA assists in the commercialization of innovative technologies, products and processes with environmental solution applications. This page has links to all OCETA services.

The Pembina Institute
This not-for-profit organization focuses on taking a multi-disciplinary approach to energy and the environment, environmental economics, and sustainable resource management (Canadian).

The Sustainability Report
The Canadian Sustainability Report provides an independent assessment of "whether or not our work, leisure and daily life activities are contributing to a more sustainable world."

Sustainable Development - Environment Canada
An explanation of what sustainable development is, what's being done, and what you can do to contribute to sustainable development from Environment Canada.

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