To protect something, we have to love it. And to love it, we have to take the time to appreciate its beauty and value. Last week, I took some time to do just that.
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.
“Climate change poses a severe risk to global economic stability, but it doesn’t have to be like this,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “We believe it’s possible to reduce emissions and deliver jobs and economic opportunity, while also cutting health care and energy costs. This report provides powerful evidence in support of that view.”
The Xeros Laundry System can reduce water usage by up to 80 percent. The technology is especially promising for the hospitality industry, as hotels use about 2.3 billion gallons of water a month in the U.S. alone.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Seafood
Large chain grocery stores are increasingly the source of consumer seafood purchases. Luckily, a new report from Greenpeace showed some promising progress by large retailers.
Since bees and other pollinators are needed for more than two-thirds of all crop species, the lives of bees and humans are intricately connected.
New records for solar power production are coming and going at a fast pace in sunny Germany, where the latent effects of a democratic feed-in tariff continue to fuel adoption. All that solar energy capacity is driving innovation and the need for energy storage solutions.
Speaking specifically about climate change, Henry Paulson, who served as Treasury Secretary during the George W. Bush administration, says: “This is a crisis we can’t afford to ignore. I feel as if I’m watching as we fly in slow motion on a collision course toward a giant mountain. We can see the crash coming, and yet we’re sitting on our hands rather than altering course.”
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
Believe it or not, there’s actually a great deal the apparel industry can learn from carpet-makers about closed loop recycling, as Paul Murray, VP of Sustainability for Shaw Industries, proved at the 2014 Sustainable Brands conference.
According to the EPA, close to 50 percent of what goes into landfills is organic material. Some of that is recovered as landfill gas, but we could do much better. Beyond avoiding methane release, there is tremendous value that can be recouped from this material.
Elon Musk has crafted a triple bottom line business template based on EVs, charging stations and solar energy. It’s not the only one pursuing such a vision. A recent hire by Miami’s CarCharging Group indicates they may be heading down a similar path.
SPECIAL SERIES: Understanding Sustainable Forestry
The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forest products industry by 15 percent by 2020, but one of the Association’s members, International Paper, is aiming for a more ambitious target: 20 percent by 2020. And the paper and pulp company is making progress towards its objective, cutting companywide emissions by 5.8 percent last year, according to International Paper’s recently released sustainability report.
The Cultivate Festival is one of the better public engagements around sustainability I’ve ever seen a company do – and it also has a strong employee story to be told.
Cities do not have the power to prohibit fossil fuel shipments because only the federal government can regulate railroads, so it’s an easy stance to take — it’s a resolution not a law. However fierce local opposition to fossil fuel exports carried on trains through West Coast port areas is putting a severe crimp in industry plans.