A rural electrification program in Nicaragua highlights the cross-cutting advantages and benefits adding a microfinance element contributes to improving their viability and sustainability.
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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week kicks off today. 3p’s Nick Aster is attending and will report on the World Future Energy Summit and the Fayed Future Energy Prize ceremony, among other events and sessions.
As this series has noted, international protocols have only slowly phased out refrigerant gases that are harmful to the ozone layer and climate systems. Meanwhile, slow-to-replace older equipment in the U.S. and developed countries, in addition to new appliances in the developing world — still rely on older pollutants with high global warming potential.
The UK Green Deal allows people that live homes that are hard to heat to make improvements that are then paid for in installments over the next twenty years. These installments are added to their energy bill, which will have been reduced by the home improvements. In other words, you should never pay more than you save. Will it catch on?
Zipcar’s mixed success raises questions about the future of carsharing and the sharing economy. What lessons can be gleaned from Zipcar’s record?
Publicly traded companies like Google and Starbucks are fiduciarily beholden to their shareholders to maximize profits and minimize losses. Companies that fail to take advantage of tax loopholes made available by governmental tax codes are remiss in their financial duties and are subject to commensurate legal repercussions. If governments hope to raise additional revenue from corporations operating within their borders, they will have to alter their tax codes accordingly.
Cohousing is gaining popularity, with many communities in development around the U.S. In contrast to current neighborhoods that are “car-centered,” cohousing developments like Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage in Maine offer a common house with a shared dining room, commercial kitchen, laundry room, guest bedrooms, and playroom.
The rise of the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption, means it has become far more mainstream, and therefore corporations are taking an interest.
Here’s a mantra you probably heard a lot in 2012: Millennials don’t shop that much these days. They share instead. But is it true? The short answer is, apparently, no. The longer answer is that it’s complicated.