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[TACTICS] Sustainability: The Next Corporate Challenge B Y G R A N T R I C K E T T S T he Shinkansen Bullet Train in Japan, the fastest train in the world, travels 200 miles per hour. The problem? Noise. Air pressure changes produced loud thunder claps every time the train emerged from a tunnel. The solution? Eiji Nakatsu, the train’s chief engineer and an avid bird-watcher, found inspiration from nature in the dive of a kingfisher, which enters the water to catch fish with virtually no splash. He modeled the train’s front end after the bird’s forehead and beak – a redesign SUSTAINABILITY IS A NEW LENS TO VIEW CORPORATE STRATEGY AND DAILY OPERATIONS. that created not only a quieter train, but one that used 15 percent less electricity even while traveling 10 percent faster. Emulating the hydrodynamic properties of shark skin, swimwear company Speedo produces suits that reduce drag and allows swimmers to move faster through water. They are so successful that even arch competitor Nike had to give permission to its sponsored athletes to wear Speedo’s product during the 2008 Olympics in China. Vermont-based Solmate Socks, makers of très chic mismatched socks and other apparel creates its products with 100 percent recycled materials. Its yarns are created by recovered scraps of cotton from other products, mainly t-shirts. Nylon and Lycra threads are made from recycled 23 TrainingIndustry Quarterly, Spring 2011 / A Training Industry, Inc. ezine /

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Quarterly - Spring 2011

Training Industry Quarterly - Spring 2011
From Where I Sit
At the Editor’s Desk
Performance & Productivity
Learning Technologies
Technical Training
Learning 2020
Developing High Impact Academia Partnerships
Sustainability – The Next Corporate Challenge
The LMS Evolution: Revolutionizing Form and Function
Video: The Next Hot Learning App?
Jackson Hewitt
Pay Attention to Knowledge Retention
Closing Arguments

Training Industry Quarterly - Spring 2011