Coffee & Change, Episode 6: Managing Change in Environmental Affairs

Coffee & Change, Episode 6: Managing Change in Environmental Affairs

Bill Kirst, our West Coast organizational change management lead in Seattle, shares the sixth episode of his podcast series on the topic of change management. In this episode, Bill interviews Brandon Ray, a graduate student at the University of Washington who studies Marine and Environmental Affairs and International Studies. They discuss the importance of understanding stakeholders in...

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Solving for Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Solving for Sustainability in the Supply Chain

40%, 48.8 million, and $1 trillion. These numbers given context may surprise you. 40%—the percentage of food wasted each year in the United States, with majority going to landfill. 48.8 million—the number of people living in food-insecure households in the United States. $1 trillion—the yearly retail equivalent of wasted food (not including costs for resources used in growing and...

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Water Utility Workforce of the Future

Water Utility Workforce of the Future

If you believe, as we do, that water utilities will soon be (1) consolidating (2) driven by data (3) more customer centric and (4) pushed to innovate, then we need to discuss the water utility workforce of the future. First, we must realize scarcity is nationwide issue: 40 of the 50 states anticipate water scarcity in the next 10 years.…

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Conscious Business: More than a Passing Trend

Conscious Business: More than a Passing Trend

Back in March, I was challenged by the West Monroe Partners West Coast Senior Managing Director Tom Bolger to read the book Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey. I will be honest, I am a reader most enticed by fiction and Dorothy Parker. However, when Tom says to do something… I tend to take that pretty seriously.…

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ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 2

ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 2

The American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition served as a gathering place for members of different spectrums of the water sector. Speakers affiliated with utilities, vendors, non-profits and government agencies, and service firms presented their research and insights on the latest water trends and the biggest challenges facing the industry.…

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ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 1

ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 1

The American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition was held last week (June 20 – 22, 2016) in Chicago, Illinois. With over 10,000 attendees, 500+ exhibitors and 80+ sessions this conference presented an unparalleled opportunity to check the pulse of the water industry. Members of the West Monroe Water Utility consulting and technology practice were at the conference, and are...

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Value Chain Reporting: The Next Step in the Evolution of the Annual Report

In a short span of time we’ve seen corporate annual reports evolve from a report documenting only an entity’s financial standing to an all-encompassing report that factors in the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social. Long gone are the days where a major corporation can deliver just a financial report to its stakeholders.…

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Put a Brick in It: Tricks for Reducing Household Water Usage

In response to California’s four year drought, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed an executive order¹ to reduce statewide water consumption by 25% before February 2016. Given that the average American is estimated to use 80-100 gallons of water per day,² this 20-25 gallon reduction in daily water usage could be difficult drink for Californians to swallow.…

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My “Zero-Waste” Wedding

As we get further into 2015, people with upcoming weddings can likely feel their date of choice closing in rapidly. Keeping sustainability in mind while planning an event with family, friends, and a ceremony can be difficult but on average in the US, each wedding incurs between 400-600 lbs of waste (source) and even if you find you typically recycle at home, bringing those practices into a...

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2015…A Greener Year In Retail

After spending just under two weeks in Hawaii, it amazes me that these beautiful islands are a part of the United States. It feels like a tropical country being able to drive up 10,023 feet to the summit of Haleakala for the sunrise, and then spend the rest of the morning laying on the beach and swimming in the ocean.…

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