For the first time ever, it is possible to buy a highly energy-efficient clothes dryer that meets performance standards set by Energy Star. If all clothes dryers sold in the U.S. were Energy Star certified, Americans could save $1.5 billion each year in utility costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 2 million vehicles.
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 Climate Trust has explored options for raising capital to invest in building new greenhouse gas offset projects, and has identified a variety of new models for using public financing to mitigate and manage the risks associated with true impact investments—investments for social and environmental good.
Cool Planet’s enhanced biochar can help farmers reduce water use and increase crop yield, an important benefit in California’s current drought conditions.
Jordan has numerous challenges, but it is rich in one resource: sunshine. Now the kingdom is accelerating the adoption of solar, starting with the country’s 6,000 mosques.
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As a native Michigander, I grew up around one of the largest fresh water systems in the world. The words drought, water famine and water scarcity were so foreign to me. It wasn’t until I started traveling for work that I realized how scarce water could be.
A new portable system can purify dirty water — including sea water — using solar-powered distillation: the simple process of boiling the water and then condensing the steam back into a liquid.
Famed yacht designer Christian Grande of Italy has proposed AbiFloat, which combines modular building and luxury in a floating village setting.
Earlier this year, DTE Energy announced a rate hike for LED lights, while lowering rates on sodium lighting, which can use up to three times more electricity.
The bill is, in essence, a cap and dividend plan that would collect gradually increasing fees on the “first sellers” of fossil fuels, with all of the proceeds being distributed equally to all American citizens.
Duke Energy has submitted a plea bargain in response to federal charges that it illegally discharged coal ash and wastewater into North Carolina river systems. Environmental groups are hailing the announcement.
BoA, Chevrolet, Clorox, the city of San Francisco and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch were among the recipients of the EPA’s 2015 Climate Leadership Awards.
Harvard University is feeling the pressure these days. More than 1,200 students and faculty have backed a suit by a coalition of students to force Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels. The judge’s response to the case, which was heard last Friday suggested this isn’t an open-and-shut issue, either. Climate change and fossil fuel investments are now a real topic for discussion in university boardrooms, just as much as they are in the classrooms they represent.