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Has ISO 14001 Helped Change the World?

It’s been more than 20 years since the UN’s Earth Summit, held in 1992, which created the impetus for the leading environmental standard. What good has it done?

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GMO Labeling Now Law in Connecticut (Well, Sort Of)

Last week, Connecticut became the first state to require labeling on all foods containing GMO ingredients. But there are a few curious caveats that could result in a long delay in it taking effect.

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Can Plastic Houses Be Green?

This sustainability business can get really complicated sometimes. Although we always like to press for more than “less bad,” there are times when we do have to choose between the lesser of two evils.
A good example of this is the recent practice of constructing houses in Kenya out of polystyrene, otherwise known as Styrofoam, blocks. Proponents of this practice claim that this use of this material, reduces the impact on local forests that would otherwise be stripped of wood to feed the building boom that has occurred there since independence.

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New Solar Panel Sensor Addresses Fire Risk

A German company has come up with a new fuse that will shut down a solar panel in cases of fire or excessive heat. That’s great news for first responders – and for property owners.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Launches Electric Vehicle Racing Team

High-performance electric vehicle manufacturer Venturi Automobiles is joining forces with actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio to enter a racing team in the the new FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s first fully-electric race series.

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Coca-Cola Converts to Hybrid Service Vans

Coca-Cola, the the largest beverage company in the world, with over 500 brands, recently announced that it is converting all of its 2014 Chevrolet Express service vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.

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Women in CSR: Donna Sockell, University of Colorado

Donna Sockell, former executive director and founder, Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado-Boulder and current head of the “Curriculum Think Tank,” talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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“World’s First” Science-Based Company Rankings Released

Mike Bellamente, executive director of Climate Counts, and Mark McElroy, founder and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Organizations have been working on a new approach to measuring sustainability performance. Using the new metric, called “context-based sustainability,” the two organizations just released what they call the “world’s first” science-based company rankings.

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A Year in CSR: The Top 10 Trends of 2013

From the massive Bangladesh fire and factory collapse, to the horse meat scandal and ongoing international natural disasters, 2013 was a year of new issues, challenges and opportunities within CSR.