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Resources: Business

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NOTE: For Public Garden Business Planning & Management Resources specific to COVID-19 see link at the bottom of this page. Please also see link to Public Garden Funding Resources. 


GOAL 1 RESOURCES: Implement plans and policies to integrate sustainability into financial planning, investments (i.e. socially responsible investment options), employee saving plans (401k), and business management decisions.

The Business End of Climate Change:

Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum Collection Prioritization Rubric:

Creating Sustainable Value:

Guide and Toolkit for New and Emerging Public Gardens:

Chicago Botanic Garden Supplier Diversity Policy:


GOAL 2 RESOURCES: Address both short-term and long-term sustainability within funding sources.

Scaling Social Impact: A Literature Toolkit for Funders:


GOAL 3 RESOURCES: Garden commits to triple bottom line as a standard for measuring, reporting, and evaluating financial and business management decisions.

The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards:

The Triple Bottom Line Tool & Companion Casebook:

Business Model Innovation for Sustainability: Towards a Unified Perspective for Creation of Sustainable Business Models:

Measuring Business Sustainability Maturity-levels and Best Practices:

B Impact Assessment:

Social Vulnerability Index:


For more Business Planning & Management resources visit our Library & Media Center. See below topic specific resources:

COVID-19 Resources 

Earned Revenue Resources

Finance Resources

Human Resources



  • Capitalism at the Crossroads: Next Generation Business Strategies for a Post-Crisis World, Stuart L. Hart
  • Sustainable Operations Strategies: The Impact of Human Resource Management and Organizational Practices on the Triple Bottom Line
  • Uncommon Service, Harvard Business Review Pres, Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
  • Why Business Thinking Is Not The Answer: Good To Great and the Social Sectors, Jim Collins
  • The Manual of Strategic Planning For Museums, Gail Dexter Lord & Kate Markert
  • “Fundraising and Membership Development.” In Public Garden Management, by Donald Rakow, pp. 124-34. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011.