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|Articles - June 2012|
|Tuesday, May 29, 2012|
The word green — and sustainable, its equally overexposed synonym — is used so frequently, so broadly and so indiscriminately, that it teeters on losing all meaning. It’s easy to apply a green label, but it isn’t easy to truly be green. There’s a lot of cynicism around what has become in some quarters just another buzzword to garner attention or funding.
This issue’s cover story looks at the ideas, people and innovations working in legitimate ways to improve the long-term health of the planet and its population. Managing editor Linda Baker and I wanted to spotlight not just innovative technologies but innovative policies, ideas, organizations and business models. It is impossible to print all the great green ideas in the state, so we decided to take a sampling across a variety of sectors to come up with the 10 we think are some of the brightest in Oregon.
This Green Issue also includes an early pioneer in sustainability, Tony Soter of Soter Vineyards. Soter is the real deal, having gone organic in the ’80s and then creating Planet Oregon along with wife Michelle a few years ago. Put SERA Architects in the same category, a Portland firm that’s involved in some of the highest-profile green building in the state, including the proposed Oregon Sustainability Center.
Something very interesting about Oregon business leaders is evident in the Input survey on page 6. Most say green practices are important and almost 80% of the respondents say their company uses sustainable business practices. Yet a majority also says that going green doesn’t give their company a competitive advantage globally. They believe in doing the right thing environmentally even if the business payoff is not immediate.
Believing what you do every day in your workplace makes a huge difference is at the root of the fourth annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon. This year’s winners were selected from 431 businesses and nonprofits. More than 20,000 employees took part in the survey of green practices. Those green practices are tremendously important to employees’ satisfaction with their jobs. That everyday commitment to green practices, most of it unsung and unglamorous, is something that is worth celebrating.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GARY THILL | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
A storied institution climbs down from the ivory tower.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY BRIAN LIBBY
Ben Kaiser holds his ground.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
How do you put a baby on the cover of a business magazine without it looking too cutesy?
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY DAN COOK
The Affordable Care Act has triggered a rush on health care plan redesign, a process fraught with hidden costs and consequences.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Car and ride sharing services have taken urban areas by storm. Low-income and suburban communities are left at the curb.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
When gossip crosses the line.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
A New York floral and gift business takes on the iconic Harry & David brand.
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Transforming the culture of Oregon’s educational leadership.
The Board dismissed a petition related to efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team.
Every once in a while we receive a letter in the (fictional) mailbag that is tough to describe and quite compelling. This week, Isabel, the new HR manager at LabCo (and someone who is new to HR), wants to know whether she may fire the owner’s son for having an Oregon medical marijuana card. In passing, Isabel also makes a number of alarming admissions about her motivation. Here is Isabel’s nerve-racking question and our response to it.
Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.