Corporate responsibility programs are on autopilot. Donate to the local nonprofit. Fill up backpacks for school kids. Assemble bicycles for Christmas gifts. Those are good deeds but … they’re about as exciting as the 2-year-old PB&J sandwich you found under the seat of your car. Sometimes, your community engagement program needs a dose of the novel, exciting and adventurous. Here are some ideas.
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.
It’s in vogue these days for a corporation to say it stands behind climate change action. It’s another thing however, say the authors of the new website, InfluenceMap, to find one that really does support steps that offer change. The website dug deep when it looked at 100 global corporations and their public (and not so public) stance on climate change. The results were quite revealing.
Over the past few months, we’ve seen dozens companies roll out bold commitments to tackle climate change. And, as the historic COP21 climate talks in Paris approach, we’re likely to see a whole lot more. But this week we’re tipping our hats to the climate trailblazers: the leaders of the pack who aren’t waiting for government to mandate climate action, but are making moves now.
Every large coal plant is leaving behind millions of tons of ash that needs to be safely contained lest it leach into nearby farmlands, rivers, lakes and other public water sources. But a small startup, together with a large multinational, is set to launch a pilot-scale “waste-to-value” solution for the ash.
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Moms Clean Air Force is a national organization of more than 500,000 parents, committed to fighting air pollution. Nancy Bsales of TerraPass had the pleasure of working with Moms Clean Air Force and speaking with Molly Rauch about the organization’s mission and how to get involved.
In his New York Times opinion piece from Oct. 3, John Tierney marginalizes the environmental benefits of recycling and waste diversion when he posits that recycling a great number of manufactured and organic materials has no economic rationale. As leaders of the sixth largest city in the U.S. and the nation’s largest university, respectively, we not only find Mr. Tierney’s assertions faulty, but we also contend that they are based on an obsolete economic model.
Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, will launch a new Web series on Oct. 28. The first episode, featuring celebrity chef Mario Batali, will pair the offbeat brewer and “Iron Chef” alum together in Chicago to create a beer out of discarded food for the popular high-end Italian restaurant and retailer Eataly.
A proposed joint federal and state harbor dredging project in Maine has the potential to destroy Maine’s robust lobster fishing industry. Other benthic sea life could also be at risk if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Maine Dept. of Transportation go forward with their plans, say local lobstermen.
Yesterday, three California nonprofit organizations joined together in a lawsuit against the U.S. National Forest Service. Their beef? Nestle’s water bottling permit in the drought-stricken state expired 27 years ago.
At the SXSW Eco Data + Tech competition last week, each contestant addressed a traditionally boring topic: air pollution, fire hydrants and lamp posts, river recovery, a solar garage, and dilapidated cultural sites. Are you asleep yet? These beautiful and fun projects will wake you up.
How will we feed our rapidly expanding global population, set to hit 9 billion by 2050, while not contributing to climate change in the process? This past week at SXSW Eco, a panel of experts from business, academia and the farming community took on this question, asserting that we’ve got part of the answer right under our feet: microbes.
Built at the cost of $470 million, a new waste-to-energy facility serving the Washington, D.C. metro area will provide a wastewater plant with a new way to power some of its operations — up to a third of its total power needs, in fact, or enough to electrify 10,500 homes.
Palm oil supply chains span the globe, and palm oil is hidden in half of the packaged products at the grocery store. TriplePundit’s editor in chief Jen Boynton sheds some light on the complicated process of making palm oil more sustainable.
A new report describes how Africa can economically quadruple its renewable energy, offering a path to economic growth while reducing fossil fuel dependency.