Be Your Best, Inc. is an executive and technical recruiting firm specializing in the placement of high-level IT, management, finance, strategy, engineering, marketing and HR professionals.Be Your Best strives to offer exceptional service and support to both clients and candidates, and is a nationally certified woman-owned business firmly committed to a policy of providing equal opportunity in all areas of employment.
Since 1994, Be Your Best, Inc. has built a reputation of excellence and integrity in the professional recruiting marketplace.Be Your Best was born out of the stellar performance of founder and president Missy Bowers, as an account manager and recruiter in the mid 1990’s, and a 17-year career veteran with IBM, excelling in a variety of roles, from application development to sales & marketing to technical education.
The Be Your Best team is aware that humankind at present is consuming the planet’s natural resources faster than they can regenerate andpolluting natural systems faster than they can recover, threatening our environment, economy, national security and the quality of life for future generations. The Be Your Best team continually strives to do their part (and more) to improve the health and well being of our environment, and aim to be good corporate citizens dedicated to being a part of the solution.
From employee telecommuting policies to recycling & waste stream handling to having an efficient, well-insulated office to their hybrid-electric corporate car, responsible environmental stewardship is a guiding principle in the entire operation. In 2009 the Be Your Best corporate headquarters went solar – installing a solar electric (PV) system to power the bulk of their business-hour operation with clean renewable energy - and in 2012 they did it again, installing a 5KW solar PV system on their new FL headquarters!
As a new CarbonFree™ Business Partner with Carbonfund.org, Be Your Best has also chosen to offset 36 metric tonnes of business-related emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’sreforestation projects around the world.
If you’re an employer seeking key talent, or an exceptional professional seeking your next exciting opportunity, contact the team at Be Your Best to realize your full potential.
It’s no secret that landfills all around the world are filling up at a rapid and uncontrollable pace. With the exponential increase in the human population and sprawling urban and suburban areas we are in danger of running out of room for all of our garbage, and garbage is something we have a lot of. You don’t have look further than your local supermarket or convenience store to take note of the excessive packaging encasing many of our daily consumable items and necessities. But we can’t let manufacturers and retailers take all of the blame as elaborate packaging can help sell products – but society itself is becoming more and more wasteful. With rapidly changing trends, tastes, technology, the availability of food, our on-the-go lifestyle, and obsession with consumerism we throw away more than we ever have before. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of multiple municipalities, cities, countries etc., and many dedicated individuals, the widespread use of recycling, composting, reusing, and repurposing hasn’t made enough of an impact to offset the ever increasing mountains of waste eclipsing our landfills.
The frustrating truth of the matter is that the majority of waste the in landfills (estimates range up to 70%) are items which could be recycled or composted. And most of that is household waste! That’s an astronomical percentage and literally tones of landfill space that could be spared. Now, most people are pretty good about recycling the basics – paper, plastics, glass, cardboard, etc. – But what about the tricky stuff, the more inconvenient items that can’t just be tossed in the blue bin? Items like batteries.
Batteries are in fact recyclable, there are multiple components and chemicals which make up the battery that can be salvaged and recycled. But realistically, how many people actually recycle batteries? While estimates of battery recycling trends are on the rise, most people still do not recycle batteries. In fact, studies suggest that only about 2% of people actually properly recycle batteries. Yes, it can be a pain – you have to collect and store them somewhere, they might get mixed in with your fresh batteries, you have to drive them over to recycling depot, and hey, they’re so small – and you may think tossing one or two in the kitchen garbage can’t make that big of difference, right? WRONG. Realistically, maybe one or two batteries wouldn’t make that big of a difference…but when millions of people dispose of batteries in household garbage that means there are multiple millions of batteries in the landfill. Batteries leak hazardous chemicals in the soil of landfills which is toxic to the environment, to humans, and to animals. These toxic chemicals can and do seep into surrounding waterways and can poison local populations! Batteries also take an incomparable amount of time to break down in a landfill – estimates range from 200 to 1000 years! And while they are indeed small there are adding literal tones of mass to landfills for tons of time. And those are just the stats regarding a normal disposable alkaline battery. Rechargeable batteries are a whole different story – and a whole lot worse.
Both retailers and consumers like the sounds of the rechargeable battery – it costs more, lasts longer, and is the “greener” option – so what’s not to like? Well, for starters, rechargeable batteries rarely re-charge to a full power level, they die quicker, and they are useless unless you have the charger handy. And while they may at one time have been considered a “greener” option, rechargeable batteries are far from being green. They contain more hazardous and potentially toxic chemicals, they require additional energy to charge (charger usually plugs into wall outlet), and the production, use, and disposal of rechargeable batteries creates an awfullot of C02 and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions! The same lack of recycling trend applies to rechargeable batteries, and while in theory there may be less of them – due to their multiple uses potential – the increase in hazardous chemicals makes rechargeable batteries much more toxic in the landfills.
So what’s the solution? Recycle your batteries orbuy an eco-battery! Yes – they do exist! Eco-concerned manufacturers have been successful in creating earth friendly batteries, some of which are even safe for landfill disposable (however, recycling is encouraged). Batteries like Perf Go Green, Fuji Enviro Max and Eco Alkalines™ are considered to be earth-friendly batteries. However, some are greener than others, Eco Alkalines™ disposable alkaline batteries are both earth friendly and landfill safe. In addition Eco Alkalines™ are the world’s first and only Carbon Neutral battery and certified as such by Carbonfund.org Foundation.org. Not only do they have an 88% efficiency rate in their manufacturing process, but Eco Alkalines™ also offsets 100% of their carbon emissions. And all of these companies claim their batteries perform just as well or even better than the leading national battery brands – at a competitive price! This almost sounds almost too good to be true, right? Well there is a catch – and it has nothing to do with the batteries themselves - it concerns where you can purchase these batteries, which for the record, is frustratingly not a lot of places. Why? Why, when we have the technology for an equal battery that’s less hazardous to the environment, would we not be able to purchase it? And why when we have such an overwhelming need to rectify the issue of our overfilling landfills would retailers not want to make this product available for their customers? It just doesn’t make sense.
In general, many retailers have made impressive strides in both their efforts to be a greener company – in terms of sustainability, energy consumption, waste management, etc. – and in their offering of green products. In most places a customer can choose between a regular product and a greener version of the same product. A quick trip down any aisle in the supermarket can tell you that. Consumers can choose to buy sustainably grown vegetables, sustainably farmed meats and fish, they can choose to buy green cleaners and solvents, green dishwashing detergent, green laundry detergent, toilet paper, napkins, beauty products, health products, etc., etc., etc. So why don’t they have the choice to buy a green battery? It seems that the battery category may be struggling with a bit of monopolization by the dominate battery brands. Many retailers and vendors have long-standing relationships with these leading battery brands, and often have exclusivities which prevent the addition of a green battery to that retailer’s particular battery offering. With the very public and general knowledge regarding the much exceeded capacities of landfills, and the awareness of the toxicity of normal alkaline batteries and their detrimental effect of the environment one could argue that these leading brands’ s monopolization over the battery market is also in fact, a monopolization of the environment.
The sustainability of our environment concerns everyone, and if people are to encouraged to choose the greener option they at least need to be able to purchase the greener choice.
Americans across the US have been experiencing a mild winter this year. However, you may also be wondering if the balmy temperatures point to climate change.
According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), part of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this winter has been particularly warm. Looking at the winter-to-date period (December 2011-January 2012), temperatures across the contiguous United States were the fourth warmest on record. NCDC data records date back to 1895.
Global warming is a reality regardless of the season. The contiguous United States has been experiencing a long-term warming trend during all months of the year, including the winter season. In fact, winter-time temperatures across the lower 48 states have been increasing at about 0.16 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.
There are numerous global patterns and trends which can drive weather across a region of the globe or during a time of year. The warmer-than-average temperatures this season are consistent with climate change. However, the role of other climate phenomenon cannot be ruled out. Some other factors which influenced weather conditions this season were the presence of La Niña in the Equatorial Pacific, the North Atlantic Oscillation in the North Atlantic, and the Arctic Oscillation across the High Latitudes.
More information on the "State of the Climate" during this winter season can be found in the NCDC’s online reports.
Today’s blog highlights our Travel Category winner, JetBlue Airways. Carbonfund.org congratulates and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions.
JetBlue views sustainability as synonymous with social responsibility and is committed to reducing the environmental impact of both their crew and their customers. Through the Jetting to Green initiatives, they are allowing a portal for customers to mitigate the climate impact of their travel through customized calculators on Carbonfund.org’s site. However, JetBlue is leading by example. For the past two years, JetBlue has offset 100% their own business travel, supporting carbon mitigation projects equivalent to the emissions of their crewmembers’ travels. This is all in addition to their annual Spring campaign, One Thing That’s Green, that encourages crewmembers and customers, in all of the 70+ cities that JetBlue serves, to do one thing for the environment. This April JetBlue will launch the 5th annual One Thing That’s Green campaign.
JetBlue has been able to partner with Carbonfund.org through the leadership of the Corporate Responsibility Department, and in particular, Icema Gibbs.
ShareASale is a unique CarbonFree® Partner and one of the leading affiliate marketing solutions available. By connecting affiliates with the growing list of 2,500 merchants in the ShareASale network, they are providing award winning technology to both retailers and affiliates alike to drive sales and revenue. ShareASale Client Services offers affiliate program guidance and consulting options ranging from strategic planning and execution to creative design and implementation. Shareasale also runs a very successful blog maintained by Brian Littleton, President and CEO of ShareASale.com, Inc that covers a large variety of topics.
In addition to providing one of the most effective customer acquisition methods on the web, ShareASale is a strong supporter of Carbonfund.org. Their donations are supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects that are fighting global warming today. Since heir continued support is the equivalent to offsetting the CO2 emissions from the 1300 cars per year, the carbon sequestered annually by over 1,400 acres of pine forest, or the greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling over 2,300 tons of waste instead of sending it to a landfill. ShareASale is making a real, measurable impact in the fight to stop climate change. We encourage all individuals and businesses to take action today and offset your carbon footprint!
Clai Unified Business Enterprises, Inc., aka CUB Enterprises, is a consolidated enterprise of several companies under the direction of Entrepreneur Christopher Clai. CUB Enterprises operates in several industries, including but not limited to: online media, information technology, marketing, business consulting, wellness, electrical consulting, broadcasting, sports, and entertainment.
The mission of CUB Enterprises is to provide socially-responsible brands and “be the change and innovation we seek to see in the industries we serve”. CUB Enterprises promises to remain innovative and cutting-edge, giving you the best possible solutions for all of your business needs.
Two of CUB Enterprises’ businesses include Innoverti and Nutrition Bear. Innoverti is a business services and marketing firm, specifically oriented toward start-ups, and small to medium businesses. Innoverti has five business verticals: general business consulting, online and offline marketing services, training, phone systems (VoIP), and web design focused on SEO. Innoverti also offers a wealth of free advice, and information for business’s on its blog from the founders of CUB Enterprises, Inc., other key team members, and guest bloggers. Innoverti began offering its services to companies in the 2nd quarter of 2011.
Launched in March 2011, Nutrition Bear is a customer-centric sports nutrition and personal wellness online retailer. Nutrition Bear strives to be a “partner” in its customers’ health and wellness goals by providing safe and potent products, rapid shipping, consumer education, and sound advice from certified professionals.
CUB Enterprises has focused on being a green company since its inception. Every year, the Board of Directors finds new ways to reduce the firm’s environmental footprint and encourage business partners and customers to do the same. CUB Enterprises:
- Purchases carbon offsets at the end of each fiscal year to make their operation carbon neutral;
- Offers a recycling program for nutrition bear customers who are unable to recycle their used containers, paying return shipping to have the waste properly recycled;
- Is working to make their organization paperless by 2013 and to offer solutions to help other industries make the transition as well;
- Operates a fuel-efficient fleet of vehicles that achieve a minimum 25 mpg or greater, and keeps them well maintained.
“Our environmental commitment is a core value to our company. We will lead our industry in green efforts as we grow. We chose to partner with Carbonfund.org because of their various projects, and the ease of doing business with them.” - Christopher Clai, CEO
Today’s blog highlights our CarbonFree Products winner, Motorola Mobility. Carbonfund.org congratulates and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions. In 2009 Motorola was the first company in the world to introduce a CarbonFree mobile phone. In 2010 Motorola continued to innovate by introducing the worlds first carbonFree smartphone and mobile device accessories.
With certified CarbonFree® mobile device accessories, Motorola is a supporter in offering consumers an option that delivers the quality you expect from Motorola products while empowering you to reduce your carbon footprint. Motorola offsets the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate a variety of products through investments in third-party validated renewable energy and reforestation projects. Since 2009, Motorola has offered eco-conscious consumers carbon neutral product options. The success of Motorola’s CarbonFree® products program is due to the hard work of the Office of Sustainability and Stewardship, and in particular, Bill Olson and Emily Barton.
“Motorola Mobility is pleased to have partnered with CarbonFund.org to bring CarbonFree mobile phone and accessory products to market and provide people with great products built with the planet in mind.” Bill Olson, Director of the Office Sustainability and Stewardship, Motorola Mobility.
Today’s blog highlights our Education Category winner, Mac-Gray Campus Solutions. Carbonfund.org congratulates and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions.
Celebrating 60 years in service, Mac-Gray Campus Solutions is the premier laundry service provider to over 600 college and university campuses. Since Mac-Gray launched its Lighten the Load™ initiative in 2008 with Carbonfund.org, they have partnered with 29 academic institutions to offset more than 40 million pounds of carbon. Through their Lighten the Load™ initiative they reduce their carbon footprint one school at a time while educating students on the benefits of being sustainable in the laundry room. Managing their impact on the environment is a corporate priority for Mac-Gray, achieved through a various guidelines beyond the carbon offset program. They encourage customers to reduce the environmental impact of their properties and facilities, offering them environmentally responsible solutions to accomplish this objective. They communicate with employees, customers, and suppliers about environmental issues and activities to encourage responsible behavior. They invest in the development of technology that will help reduce the impact our business activities on the environment. They conserve natural resources through the reuse and recycling of materials and by purchasing recycled materials whenever possible. And they encourage suppliers to provide products that are environmentally responsible, including the purchase of recycled materials.
“We are honored to receive the For People and Planet award from our partner, Carbonfund.org,” said Stewart G. MacDonald, Mac-Gray’s chief executive officer. “This award highlights Mac-Gray’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Lighten the Load™ initiative is helping to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs, while educating students on the benefits of being ‘green’ in the laundry room. As the nation’s leading provider of laundry facilities management for the college market, we look forward to partnering with more academic institutions on this important initiative.”