Reviews for Sustainable Business and Industry : Designing and Operating for Social and Environmental Responsibility

Book News Reviews
Writing for a business and business student audience, Jacobsen (associate dean of environmental studies, Milwaukee Area Technical College) describes a program that he argues can aid in developing environmental and social responsibility policies and practices while also improving profit margins. He discusses applying traditional methods such as Six Sigma and operations research to environmental and social considerations; methods of implementing technologies and practices; ways to measure social and environmental performance for reports and presentations, and basic related scientific issues. In doing so he also provides a full treatment of standards, particularly the new ISO 26000, which was released in 2010. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Choice Reviews 2011 July
Jacobsen (environmental studies, Milwaukee Area Technical College) has developed a useful introduction to designing and operating sustainably. The book begins by explaining why businesses should be environmentally and socially responsible and follows with examples of ways organizations have used their mission and vision statements to guide and coordinate their efforts. Chapter 3 discusses ISO 9000, 14000, and 26000 as methodologies to bring firms to quality environmental management systems. The next chapter provides an extensive overview of social and environmental performance indicators for companies to understand their progress in reducing their carbon footprints, including 80 social and environmental measures. The author moves on to discuss the calculation of a return on a responsible investment (RORI) and the development of a project feasibility study, with an emphasis on maintaining business profitability while improving environmental performance. In chapter 6, Jacobsen explains how traditional continuous improvement methods can be bolstered to support an integrated social and environmental project. The book also discusses in great detail the use of the LEED rating system for green buildings. Working with suppliers on optimization is part of the perspective. Leigh Stringer's The Green Workplace (CH, Apr'10, 47-4512) provides a wider range of hands-on green strategies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All students and professionals/practitioners. Copyright 2011 American Library Association.