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March 07, 2012


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Thank you for sharing your thoughts on sustainability issues and also SIOP's potential impact on the sutainability movement. I firmly believe that sustainability is not a fad and would love to be involved and learn more about I-O related sustainability research and practice.

Thank you David. I would love to get more involved and this seems like a great opportunity.

Hiya Steve - yes, we do intend a broader conception of sustainability, linking economic sustainability to environmental and social sustainability -- the 'sweet spot' of effectiveness, productivity, and brand equity.

Laura - Linking buildings and behavior is quickly emerging as an important area of practice and research. For example, check out this national initiative rolled out last week by Rocky Mountain Institute building portfolio retrofit, where I (True Market Solutions) was asked to provide expertise and support for the behavioral components of energy efficiency. See http://rmi.org/retrofitchallenge

Cathy and Dave, great to see this blog up and running. It is interesting to consider how workforce management methods would be impacted by an organization's desire to descrease environmental impact. Some things immediately come to mind such as increasing virtual work to decrease travel and commuting. But perhaps even more interesting would be to compare how pay, promotion, and performance management practices were impacted. How would being a "sustainability focused" company change how leaders make decisions about who to hire, promote, compensate, and let go?

On a side note, I wonder if we should be more specific in referring to environmental sustainability or is this blog about the concept of sustainablity in general? When my company talks to clients about sustainabilty it is usually in the framework of maintaining sustainable workforce productivity levels through effective management of employee engagement, burnout, and turnover.

In any case, cool stuff! Steve

I stumbled upon this article wondering just this week if someone was linking the green movement and I/O. With a BS in Construction Management and just this week completing my MA in I/O Psychology I have been envisioning linking the two for quite some time. I currently work for a commerical construction company (although I/O is where my heart now is) on what is called a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) project. Although much of the LEED movement involves the use of recycled or reclaimed material, natural light to reduce energy costs, etc., I think there is much more I/O in construction than initially assumed.

Studies have been conducted to see if the green movement in building is worth the initial added expense and effort. The U.S. General Services Administration recently surveyed 12 green buildings and reported that amongst lower than average energy costs, energy usage, and emissions, they also reported 27% HIGHER LEVELS OF OCCUPANT SATISFACTION! This topic interests me greatly as it links two topics, albeit very different ones, that I have a passion for.

In our work with small and mid-size businesses we find interest in sustainability pragmatically focused on the profitable business opportunities which are developing. Often, however, such businesses seek guidance on how to best educate and engage their work culture and tap into these opportunities. Perhaps more scholarly research and publication in this area could shed light and accelerate progress.

This is an excellent analysis, long overdue. I salute Drs. DuBois for taking on the task of bringing the light of social science to the study of sustainability

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