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According to Kite Insights,
83% of people want to take action on climate change in their jobs
54% of employees believe that climate change is a fundamental threat that will have catastrophic consequences for our economies and societies
45% of respondents are ready to go even further and become pioneers of climate action within their teams and functions
At the Center for Sustainable Business, we believe everyone has the potential to be a sustainability generalist. Investing in the future means investing in free resources, education, and opportunities designed to equip every employee with the fundamental principles of sustainability.
Regardless of your primary field of expertise (e.g. fine arts, finance, manufacturing etc.), entry-level employees and high-level executives alike benefit from exposure to the principle of sustainability ownership. Our free resources below are designed for all sorts of professionals and businesses. View our business-specific categories below.
Free Resources for All
Explore The Circular Design Glossary
The Circular Design Glossary aims to demystify the circular economy and design. By featuring tangible, inspiring circular-design applications from sofas to tables to lighting, the glossary illustrates real-life solutions to today’s problematic linear ‘take-make-waste’ way of living. Looking to go deeper? Check out this team that aims to demystify the circular economy and design.
Create a Climate School account
Understand the science behind sustainability, take action in your day-to-day job, and explore online resources by the Climate School by creating an account. These tools are great for everyone, especially those pursuing careers in Procurement, Finance, IT, HR, and Legal functions.
Create Custom Maps with MapBuilder
Create the custom maps that you need by combining the World Resource Institute's robust datasets, free layers available through ArcGIS Online, and your own uploaded data. Easily embed your MapBuilder map into your own website, share the link with colleagues and peers or use integrated social media tools for sharing.
Free Resources Through the CSB
We are proud to work with a diverse group of global and regional companies who are committed to investing in research and education on best practices and innovation in the field of sustainable business strategy.
Resources for Students
Become an everyday climate hero by installing the Ecosia Web Browser, the search engine that fights climate change through reforestation.
Explore careers in sustainability by checking out the Environmental Defense Fund's collection of planet-saving careers and view the open positions within our network.
If you're just learning how to shop and cook for yourself, calculate your impact on the environment and how much money you can save with It's Fresh's Food Waste Calculator.
Resources for Professionals
Answer questions about your lifestyle and receive personalized tips on how to make smarter climate choices with this Lifestyle Calculator by Doconomy.
Did you know that your retirement plan might be helping to fuel the climate crisis? View this step-by-step guide to help you get started adding fossil-free options to your 401(k) and view your retirement plan score here.
Looking to take things a step further? Calculate your ecological footprint & impact and get a personal action plan with Bioregional's One Planet Living calculator.
Resources for Small Businesses
If you're looking to take the first step in your small business climate journey, use this free template for tracking emissions by CauseLab (found at the bottom of this page).
Try EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator to better understand your business's emissions and energy data in terms you can easily understand.
You can also help your company reflect the sustainability you want to see for the environment by earning the climate-neutral certification.
Use IT Glue's waste calculator, which will help you determine the costs you create from time wasted and process inefficiency in your business.
Use this calculator to figure out the volume of waste that your building will generate. See how reducing waste generation, increasing waste diversion, and using volume reduction equipment can reduce storage requirements, by Zero Waste Design Guidelines.
Resources for Large Businesses
Calculate your potential food waste savings with Leanpath's Food Waste Prevention Solutions calculator for all of your on-site employees, buildings, and branches.
If your company issues standard electronics like phones and laptops to its employees, use this recycling calculator to find the exact benefits of recycling various electronic devices.
Additionally, the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool is a free and easy-to-use tool that allows benchmarking, assessment, and reductions in embodied carbon focused on the upfront supply chain emissions of construction materials, which you may find helpful.
Stay Connected with the Center for Sustainable Business
Continue your sustainability journey by staying connected with the Center for Sustainable Business. You can contact us, explore all of our hands-on learning events, explore sponsorship opportunities, and listen to our podcast by clicking these links. Or, share your thoughts with us via email. We're always open to new and innovative ideas!