Proving it’s possible to power U.S. industry and commerce with renewable energy, high-tech industry giants rank among the EPA top 10 in U.S. green power usage. Intel, Microsoft, Google and Apple, as well as retailers, government departments and U.S. colleges and universities, are all making growing use of clean, renewable energy resources and technology.
Category: Climate & Environment
This category is climate change in relation to sustainability and CSR and how these segments effect one another. This includes how climate change has started to cause a wide range of physical effects with serious implications for investors and businesses, and how the business sector discloses climate risks and manage them.
This week Georgetown University announced the launch of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million competition that challenges communities to come together, develop and implement a plan to dramatically reduce energy consumption. Fifty communities in 25 states have already signed letters indicating that they intend to compete.
Interior Secretary Jewell’s launch of a landscape-scale mitigation strategy aims to reconcile the conflicting interests between conservation and development on U.S. public lands. The launch of the new strategy offers a poignant juxtaposition of events and attitudes at a pivotal juncture in the evolution of management and stewardship of U.S. public lands, as it came in the midst of a conflict at the Bundy ranch in Nevada.
Growing rapidly from 2000 to 2010, China’s coal use growth has slowed considerably. Now an ambitious plan is likely to cut China’s coal use significantly by 2017.
The U.S. wind energy posted remarkable results in 2013 despite getting off to a rocky start. Though new transmission capacity means U.S. wind energy capacity could double, uncertainty is high, and a sharp slowdown could be in the cards for 2014 as Congress debates renewing the wind energy production tax credit.
The 265-page “Shale-Gas Monitoring Report,” is just that: a comprehensive and carefully worded document about the results of the monitoring the state has conducted since 2011, while avoiding the use of the term hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
The EPA’s recently released inventory shows that greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. decreased by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012.
Toddlers and preschoolers exchanging toys through the sharing economy – no, it’s not a scene from Portlandia’s recent sketch spoofing collaborative consumption, but the idea behind a startup that rents out Lego sets to kids and other fans of the iconic plastic bricks. Billed as a “Netflix for Legos,” Pley ships its members a new-to-them Lego set, lets them play with it as long they like and sends customers another set once the previous toys returned.
What method of electricity generation is cheaper than solar, wind, oil or even coal? Trick question; it’s energy you don’t need to produce in the first place. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about 3 cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
2013 global renewable energy investment fell for a second year running, but costs kept falling and renewables’ share of power generation kept on growing. In an annual report on renewable energy investment, the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance review 2013 developments and conditions in renewable energy investment worldwide.
Keystone XL is just one of numerous natural gas pipelines being built around the US as a result of the boom in shale “fracking,” but building renewable energy transmission would be cheaper, greener and afford the US a bigger bang for its energy buck.
How much waste do you throw away every day? That’s the question the Glad Products Co. hopes people will ask themselves after viewing its new “Waste in Focus” photo series that peeked inside the trash, recycling and compost bins of eight families in four cities across the United States for one week.
The inaugural “Advancing Sustainable Ports” summit last week in Baltimore recognized ports that are trying to be good environmental stewards and also doled out $4.2 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at six U.S. ports.
There’s little doubt that multi-stakeholderism is crucial to elements of the business and human rights movement, but is this type of collaboration always the best strategy? Or, more to the point, is it even realistic? A look at the behavior of the major stakeholders in the coal industry is illustrative and sobering.
TerraCycle is known for collecting materials that can’t be recycled through traditional curbside recycling programs – like chip bags, water filters and cigarette butts – and turning them into innovative, affordable products. Now with the launch of its Zero Waste Box program, the New Jersey-based company wants to make it easier for businesses to dramatically reduce their waste stream.