Urban farming may help address inadequate food access by expanding fresh produce options in the inner city, but at the same time it often occurs in violation of standing zoning ordinances and places new pressure on water and sanitation services. In an attempt to promote its benefits and mitigate its drawbacks, cities across the country have created new arenas of governance concerned solely with local food. Take Detroit and Cleveland, for example.
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.
The British supermarket chain Asda is the first retailer to publish a sustainable seafood report. The report, titled Wild Fisheries Annual Review, lists all of the fisheries used by the supermarket chain between Jan. 1 and Dec. 1, 2013.
Apple’s carbon footprint shrank 3 percent from 2012 to 2013. It’s a modest decline, but this is the first time the tech giant has seen a year-over-year decrease in greenhouse gas emissions since it started tracking them in 2009. Despite this and other accomplishments detailed in Apple’s 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report released this week, the company acknowledged it has a long way to go to reduce its environmental impact, including tackling emissions from its manufacturing partners and addressing its recent increase in water consumption.
Joseph Enterprises, presenter of Chia Pets, has entered the health food business. The company is marketing not just any chia seeds, but Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Seeds!
Walmart has announced it will nearly double its number of “small format” stores in unconventional locations — to the benefit of walkable communities and of those in food deserts where lower-income people suffer limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
At the California Redwood Association, we’ve seen the market come full-circle in terms of understanding the natural solution vs. man-made solutions. More and more homeowners and remodelers are realizing that to be truly green, it’s hard to improve on Mother Nature.
Got an old cell phone or two kicking around? Or how about an extra $10 or $24? You can help protect old growth rainforests with both, thanks to Rainforest Connection’s new Kickstarter campaign (and a whole new brainstorm on how to stop illegal deforestation).
Aiming to provide underserved communities across the Global South access to climate finance, Fairtrade International, working with The Gold Standard, has opened its formative voluntary carbon offset credit standard to a first round of public consultation.
Now, in the second year of its Sustainable Living Entrepreneurs Awards, Unilever—in partnership with Ashoka and the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership—is inviting young people (ages 30 and under) to come up with practical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges.
Can the circular economy become the norm in Europe? The European Commission recently adopted a framework to ramp up waste diversion in its member states.
As the world begins to awaken to the looming food crisis, investors are turning to a place not typically associated with its agricultural bounty, but a region that National Geographic Magazine (NatGeo) is calling “The Next Breadbasket”: sub-Saharan Africa.
Regarding climate change risk, “roughly half of the 3,000 biggest publicly traded companies in the U.S. say mum’s the word, reporting zilch in their annual filings to U.S. regulators,” Ceres says.
Nestlé has reduced 44 percent of waste per ton of product since 2010 in the U.S., and five factory locations reached zero-waste-to-landfill status by the end of 2013, according to the company’s recent sustainability report.
Co-developed by SunWize Technologies and Blue Renewable Energy and installed on the backstretch of the famed raceway, the 9-MW solar farm is the largest PV installation at any sporting facility in the world.
The automobile industry has invested billions reducing the weight of their cars to reduce fuel consumption and they don’t even have to lift them off the ground. So it’s no surprise to hear that airlines are saving millions by reducing weight. What’s surprising is that they haven’t done more of that sooner.