Although water and energy are intricately connected, this important relationship is poorly understood. While it is generally well known that water is essential to the production of energy, we nonetheless lack a detailed understanding of the quality and quantity of water used in this process.
This category is about corporate social responsibility (CSR), a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.
The Notbox Company, a seven-year-old venture led by former Wall Street financier Thomas Hellman, has announced that it is bringing its “leaner, meaner and greener” packaging solution to North America. The London-based Notbox, which has been serving European clients for several years, offers reusable packaging products that provide alternatives to unsustainable cardboard packaging.
According to a new Ford-led collaboration called MyEnergi Lifestyle®, there are substantial opportunities to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by taking a big picture perspective of your household energy use that carefully manages not only what you use, but when you use it. The whole concept, which some are calling a domestic micro-grid, is a partnership between Ford, Eaton, Whirlpool and Sunpower. It is being unveiled this week at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
ANN INC., the parent company of the leading women’s specialty retail fashion brands Ann Taylor and LOFT has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). What was the company’s record so far and was the company one of the leaders or the laggards before taking “a leadership position in joining the SAC”?
Water is energy-intensive, and energy is water-intensive. This resource yin and yang is at the heart of both challenges and solutions. Planning for the future involves rethinking these parallels, and investing heavily in energy and water efficiency and in a fundamental transformation toward a distributed resource model.
The UK Green Deal allows people that live homes that are hard to heat to make improvements that are then paid for in installments over the next twenty years. These installments are added to their energy bill, which will have been reduced by the home improvements. In other words, you should never pay more than you save. Will it catch on?
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Floow2 describes itself as “an online intermediary service that lowers cost while it increases sustainability.” The service provides improved return on investment to the owners and decreased capital costs to the renters.
Arguing that any climate change initiatives need to be for the long haul, MIT Technology Review’s editors urge the Obama Administration to tackle the issue.
Publicly traded companies like Google and Starbucks are fiduciarily beholden to their shareholders to maximize profits and minimize losses. Companies that fail to take advantage of tax loopholes made available by governmental tax codes are remiss in their financial duties and are subject to commensurate legal repercussions. If governments hope to raise additional revenue from corporations operating within their borders, they will have to alter their tax codes accordingly.
Climate is the third component of the water-energy nexus. No discussion on managing the energy-water nexus for a sustainable future is complete with considering the impacts and consequences of climate change.
This energy-water crisis relates to nearly all of the present and future environmental problems confronting our planet – from climate change to fossil fuel dependence, from over-population to agricultural practices.
Three drivers are pushing sustainability into an investment megatrend in 2013: financial investigation, c-suite focus on sustainability, and consumers that are now demanding smarter, healthier and greener solutions.
We humans are a funny bunch around new ideas. We’re excited to hear about them. But far less keen to act on them. So how can we break down irrational resistance to green innovation?