Reading REI’s latest sustainability report is like finding a $20 bill in the pockets of jeans you haven’t worn in months. The company’s new initiatives are leading to entrepreneurial product-pitch competitions for women, employees getting engaged on hiking trails, and even quality-of-life enhancements for ducks and geese.
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.
A recent poll by Care2 discovers the state’s most environmentally conscious citizens are struggling with how they will save water to meet California’s recently-imposed standards.
GE’s new Digital Wind technology looks at the commercial wind farm from a whole new angle. But will its new brainstorm be able to sizably boost output? GE is betting on it.
Huge news for the environment: Sri Lanka’s new government just took the unprecedented, historic step to protect all of its mangroves. The move is a model for the world, which, due to climate change, needs mangroves and their numerous environmental and economic benefits more than ever.
Today, “vehicle connectivity” is more than a buzzword. Propelled forward by advancements in the amount of software a vehicle can process, the potential for connectivity has begun to capture the imagination of the largest automakers. In addition to making life more convenient, the connected car is also poised to make a larger positive impact. By communicating with the grid, interfacing with our homes and sending data to the cloud, our cars can help enable efficient energy use and address major mobility challenges.
In an undated letter addressed to “My Islamic Nation,” released by the U.S. last week, bin Laden said not taming the climate could render “massive consequences.”
Those looking to stem rapid growth in renewable energy deployments “are swimming against the tide,” the executive director of the American Solar Energy Society’s Sun Day Campaign says.
Solar maps may depict solar energy potential as well as existing and planned installations. Some maps contain historic information, allowing one to see solar advances over time. Sophisticated map tools allow users to test various solar configurations at a hypothetical installation site, determine cost savings/payback time periods, and even contact installers to “make it so.”
The divestment movement just gained a big victory. The French insurer, Axa, one of the largest insurance companies on the planet, announced that it will sell $559 million of its coal investments.
The Department of the Interior announced last week that it will invest almost $50 million to improve water efficiency and conservation in 12 western states, including California.
Artificial turf is growing in popularity for sports facilities, primarily because of the promise of reduced maintenance costs, improved playability and increased durability. However, artificial turf has several downsides.
Faced with a sinking mine of the largest iron ore reservoir in the world, Kiruna, Sweden, is moving 2 miles to escape the foreboding catastrophe.
The combined clean energy investment of developing countries, including China, Brazil, India and South Africa, totaled $131 billion in 2014, only 6 percent less than the combined total for developed countries. The gap is narrowing and is expected to close soon. Then, we will be the ones doing the chasing.
This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of the 10 places. No U.S. cities made the top 10 (Boston ranked highest at No. 15). In fact, three remaining top 10 spots belong to Asian cities that are on the forefront of sustainable development.