Making an environmental case for preserving natural assets is straightforward, but explaining their value within financial and management strategies takes real innovation. A handful of pioneering municipalities are testing new approaches to integrate natural assets such as rivers, forests and foreshores into the core of urban management.
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.
In response to a 3-year drought, the city of Santa Barbara is re-activating a seawater desalination plant that’s been out of use for over 20 years. As water supplies dwindle, other California cities are also turning to desalination, which is generally a last-resort measure because of its high cost and energy intensity.
How serious are the health-related impacts? Really, really serious, according to a 405-page draft climate and health assessment report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
The global textile and garment industry is one of the world’s largest polluters due to its massive impacts on water, soil and of course, people. While consumers are becoming more aware that their fashion choices have on distant places such as Bangladesh, China and India, much work still needs to be done until the industry can be truly described as responsible and sustainable.
Farming fish makes sense, but it is not to the exclusion of robust, sustainable wild fisheries. As various case studies have shown, the two can co-exist and even compliment one another, and we need to advocate for better management in both.
Climate change is a very real threat, so it’s great when a global shipping company like FedEx does something to reduce its impact. Through programs to cut emissions from air and ground deliveries — as well as reduce indirect emissions tied to energy consumption — FedEx is shrinking its footprint one order at a time.
If you live on a fixed income, fluctuations in energy prices can have a dizzying impact. As climate justice advocate Gerald Durley put it during a recent conference call hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council: “When unprecedented weather disasters devastate the poorest neighborhoods in places like New Orleans, New Jersey and New York, [climate change] is a civil rights issue.”
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in mineral extraction itself is relatively new – even newer is the risk mitigation that drives institutional investment decisions, particularly among larger European banks, insurers and pension funds. Yet despite its dire need, systematic, proactive financial engagement remains elusive – even as successful examples abound worldwide.
About 80 percent of California’s water sustains agriculture, but Sacramento is putting the onus on the state’s businesses and residents to find even more ways to conserve this precious resource. One sector scrambling to find even more ways to conserve water is Los Angeles’ denim industry.
California is America’s climate policy leader, home to both the country’s biggest clean energy industry and an internationally-linked carbon market being modeled across the world. But to build on this momentum, it must go even further. A recent proposal to cut emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 will support the push for international commitments leading up to this year’s COP21 climate conference in Paris. It will also empower California to keep leading America’s clean energy transition.
Shareholder activism made a difference again with yesterday’s announcement that Lowe’s will phase out the sale of neonicotinoid pesticides. Also referred to as “neonics,” which environmental watchdog groups said have been a leading contributor to “colony collapse disorder.” As the populations of bees have declined worldwide, these chemicals are often still sprayed on nursery plants, and are also in pesticides sold on store shelves
Swedish retail giant H&M is teaming up with Puma to trial an innovative new textile-to textile recycling technology. Although the technology is still in test mode, it is expected to be ready for commercial use in a couple of years, the companies said.
Are we making policy decisions that leverage our transportation infrastructure investments? Alternative fuels and alternative-fuel based vehicles don’t just have a positive impact on our environment, but they also have a positive impact on our economy. The golden-age of roadways and automobiles isn’t over. Ushering in another era will be determined by progressive policy decisions that embrace new technology. Climate change is the real road block; yet, certain policies have stopped progress dead in its tracks. It’s time to give alternatively-fueled vehicles a green light.
The relatively rapid evolution of seafood sustainability has unfortunately left some consumers behind. Due to the complexities of sustainability and the rapidly evolving field, consumers can get overwhelmed. In this post we take a look at some of the key sustainability issues in the seafood industry.
The American Legislative Exchange Council, commonly known by its acronym, ALEC, is sick of being called a climate change denial group. If you’re scratching your head, we don’t blame you. This is the same group that has said climate change may have “possibly beneficial” effects and that “a great deal of scientific uncertainty surrounds the nature of these prospective changes.” So, what gives?