Sustainability at Work

Careers That Make A Difference

Non-Fiction - Environment
196 Pages
Reviewed on 12/04/2017
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Reviewed by Samantha Coville for Readers' Favorite

Having a successful career has had some general measurement tools to identify it by, such as how much one makes doing their job, if one has an office to themselves and how big it is or what the view is, and what the title on one's resume is. But author Marilyn Waite wants to teach us a new approach to a successful career. And that's being mindful of our environmental impact and our energy consumption while we do the jobs we do. In Sustainability at Work, she makes a broad sweep over various industries to give examples of how we can reduce our environmental footprints and what exactly that means. It's impactful, insightful, and critical to our planet's future.

What I loved most about Sustainability at Work by Marilyn Waite is that she at once refuses to dumb down her valuable knowledge and somehow still makes it accessible to those who aren't as much in the loop. With almost no prior experience in the topic, I was still able to follow along. And some of the examples she uses for sustainability are things I wouldn't have thought of in a million years. Like the fact that the entertainment industry uses boat loads of energy for everything from speakers to microphones. Or that printing presses can use vegetable inks. She also uses valuable real world examples from events, newspapers, universities and more, and with enough references listed to last you a lifetime. Any business professional would benefit greatly from delving into this read and learning a thing or two or ten. If this book gets passed around enough, I think we could be looking at a much greener and much brighter tomorrow.

Edith Wairimu

Guided by a vision of sustainability directed by environmental consciousness, social unity, a focus on economic health with regard to decision-making and business practices, Marilyn Waite, the author of Sustainability at Work, guides anyone who seeks to make a positive impact on society as they establish a successful career. The book explores the pillars or factors that make up the quadruple bottom line (QBL) of sustainable development such as society, the environment, the economy, and future generations. Marilyn Waite emphasizes the need for consideration of future generations which ultimately serves as a background for the other three pillars of sustainable development. The book also defines and explains what makes a green economy, the term ‘green collar’ as used in career and political arenas, corporate social responsibility, and the factors that lie at the heart of this paradigm.

In Sustainability at Work, Marilyn Waite discusses how sustainability can be attained in different fields. From science and technology, media and entertainment, education and research, law and policy, healthcare, business, the economic sector and financial services, she guides the career person on how to be growth-oriented while maintaining a subtle focus on sustainable development. As an author, speaker, and seasoned traveler, Marilyn Waite has incredible experience in matters of sustainability that left an impact on me in how I view career growth. As a career woman within the business sector, reading Sustainability at Work awakened me to the contribution of sustainable development in financial success, whether with regard to cost-cutting, managing risk or maximizing revenue. Packed with practical examples, Sustainability at Work by Marilyn Waite is a great read for someone who would like to learn about incorporating sustainability within their careers.

Alyssa Elmore

Are you concerned about current environmental issues, but don't know where to begin to change things? Do you want to change your lifestyle to fit your environmental beliefs? Sustainability At Work (Careers That Make A Difference) by Marilyn Waite is an informative book that addresses environmental impacts and how they can be transformed into healthy lifestyles. There are many different opinions on climate and the environment today. Arguments, accusations, and lies cloud the issues, causing confusion and doubt as to what is true and what is make-believe.

While some officials claim global warming is a fairytale, we cannot deny that in the last twenty-years the climate has changed drastically. It is a common belief, through the process of science, that our day-to-day actions are causing the rapid changes in our environment. Only, we spend a considerable portion of our lives working. Therefore, we must extend our healthy home habits to the workplace. How can we transform our workplace into a sustainable machine that better impacts our planet and our lives? This book starts by breaking down the terms and giving them practical meanings; the book then shows the many ways we can more positively incite change in our world, providing explanations on how we can apply these changes to our daily lives. Delving into sustainability in law, healthcare, business and economics, education, and even entertainment, this book is a treasure trove of information. Learn what it means to be sustainable and live sustainably, and how to start making a positive difference today!

Sustainability at Work (Careers That Make A Difference) by Marilyn Waite is more than just a book on sustainable careers; it shows all aspects of sustainable living. Showing the reader various ways to change the fate of the planet and future generations, this book is a must-read for anyone confused by all the conflicting and purposely confusing information found in the media. I would recommend this book to those that want to transition to a fulfilling, environmentally friendly career and to those that want to know more about living green.